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Power Case Competition


Need a leg up on your resume? Curious about how electricity operators control the power systems? Took some entry-level energy/power courses but not sure how they work in the real world? IEEE UofT Student Branch is collaborating with IEEE Toronto Power and Energy Chapter to host a power systems case competition for engineering students, so come learn and build your own energy system!

The competition is designed for everyone to participate, from beginners to energy experts! To help facilitate your learning experience, we will be hosting a tutorial before the competition in addition to tutorial and presentation during the event. Our speakers and judges are researchers and industrial professionals from OPG, IESO, and Centre of Urban Energy. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year engineering students are strongly encouraged to attend!

The details of the speakers are here.

P.S. For those of you in APS112, this competition will also be worth 5 PD points!

Date: March 17 & 18, 2018

Duration: 9:00 am Saturday - 3:00 pm Sunday

Location: Sandford Fleming Building, 10 King's College Rd, Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Hosted By

IEEE Toronto IEEE UofT


Time & Location Description
Day 1
8:30 - 9:00 am Outside of Room SF1101 Sign-in
9:00 - 10:00 am Room: SF1101 Opening Ceremony + Problem Presentation + Tutorial
10:00 am Competition Starts
10:00 - 11:00 am Room: SF1101 Talk 1a: Introduction to the IESO and Ontario’s Changing Energy Landscape. Speaker: Christopher Reali - Engineering Supervisor, Revenue Metering at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Talk 1b: Development of a Transmission Line — The Planning Process and Beyond Speaker: Megan Lund - Planner, Transmission Integration at Independent Electricity System Operator
12:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:45 pm Room: SF1101 Talk 2: Energy Storage and Its Benefits to Ontario Speaker: Bhanu Opathella, IESO Distinguished Research Fellow at Ryerson University
2:00 - 2:45 pm Room: SF1101 Talk 3: Ontario Power Generation Darlington Refurbishment Speaker: Neil Mitchells - Vice-President Engineering, Nuclear Refurbishment at Ontario Power Generation
3:00 - 3:45 pm Room: SF1101 Talk 4: Introduction to a Career in Power Systems Speaker: Xin Zheng - Power Grid Protection and Control Engineering Designer at Hydro One, Cofounder of Xtend Education
Day 2
9:30 - 10:00 am Outside of Room SF1101 Sign-in
10:00 am Final design submission and Presentation Slides Due
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Room: SF1101 Judging
1:00 - 2:30 pm Room: SF1101 Award Ceremony, Lunch, and Net-working Presented by Professor Olivier Trescases, IEEE Toronto Chair


What exactly is the Energy/Power problem that we're trying to solve?

You will be are given a power system and are expected to optimally dispatch the system for 24 hours. In a nutshell, this is an optimization problem given in the context of the Electrical Power System.

When is the Deadline to Register?

The registration deadline is Sunday, March 15th, 2018 (11:59 pm)

Where do I register?

Please register individually on Eventbrite, and then fill out the team information in this Google Form(One per team)

What if I know very little about energy and power - can I still come?

Yes! The competition is designed to allow both beginners to experts to participate. In a nutshell this competition is an optimization problem in the context of Power Systems. To help level the playing field, we will be hosting a crash course on power systems before the competition in addition to a tutorial and presentation during the event. Also, please feel free to ask questions during the competition.

What do I need to bring?

Your laptop and your enthusiasm! We will be feeding you, don't worry.

How many people do we need to make a team?

Ideally we would like a team of 4 - group of 3 is also accepted. If you don't have a team (or are in a group of 2) we will help you find a team (complete your team) at the event.

Is this only open to U of T Students?

Nope! We encourage students from any university/college.