At just the right distance – welcome, Diana, Lukas and Muhammad!

22.11.2018

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone,” says a famous quote from Google CEO Sundar Pichai on corporate diversity. This goes well with TSCNET Services: The people who work for us come from many different countries and cultures. The trio of entrants in the Service Operations unit is a perfect example of this.

Let’s just take Lukas Leitner, the new Junior Operations Manager. The 26-year-old is Austrian, but was born in South American Colombia, lived in Malaysia 18,943km away (yes, the rumour is true: he once met Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher there …) and spent most of his life in Germany and Bavaria respectively. In the past seven years Lukas studied energy technology at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg and graduated there in October with a “Master of Science” specialising in electrical energy supply. During his studies, he had already worked for Siemens in the EM DG POC (Energy Management / Digital Grid / Protection, Operation & Control) department and had already become familiar with some of the aspects of the work of a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC). He chose TSCNET Services “because the team spirit, the work ethic and the general environment convinced me – and all this has proven to be absolutely true already in the first days”, says Lukas.

27-year-old Diana Yule has also lived on three continents to date. She comes from Colombia and after completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and electronics respectively, worked there for four years in the field of energy efficiency and networks. She has also lived in the United States. There, the sports enthusiast Diana shone as a football player, among other things. “I generally liked team sports better, but after entering professional life it was easier to start running because of the working hours. Today I like it at least enough to run half marathons,” she says. If there’s a call for sport somewhere – she’s there! This also is true for her move to Germany and her start at TSCNET Services: Electricity grids already were her thing, but she finds the European one to be the most interesting. Now she wants to settle in Germany and build her social circle in Munich, while she can deepen and broaden her knowledge in her profession.

The background of the third newcomer to Unit Service Operations, Muhammad Sibghat-Ullah (also simply called Sibghat), is also not so easy to explain. The new Operations Manager comes from Vancouver on the Canadian west coast – 8,338km from Munich. After a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on power System engineering, he also obtained a “Professional Engineer” license in the province of British Columbia, Canada, which certifies him to take professional responsibility for his projects in BC. He has at least six years of experience in power system engineering with specialist knowledge in areas such as load flow analysis, substation planning and design, protection and control planning, design and commissioning as well as project management. In addition, he has an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, to make a good start in the European energy industry. “I joined the company three weeks ago and it was a terrific experience so far,” says Sibghat. “Being a relatively new company, I believe TSCNET can present tremendous growth opportunities. I work in a team of fantastic colleagues and every day brings a new learning and social experience. I am finding life in Germany pretty amazing since living and working in Europe had been a dream of mine.”

That’s how we like to leave it: No matter where you come from – TSCNET Services offers excellent working conditions and great perspectives. It’s all about your knowledge, skills, attitude and efforts.

Three new hires at our Busines Unit Service Operations: Lukas Leitner (on the left) and Diana Yule, both Junior Operations Manager, and Muhammad Sibghat-Ullah, Operations Manager

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Tenacious New Year’s wishes – welcome, Ines!

16.10.2018

Starting into the new year with lofty wishes and plans, and then later too often finding out that it hadn’t worked out again. “It’s only normal”, many would say. But sometimes it just takes a long time – as with Ines Bernal, the new Business Analyst in TSCNET’s Service Development unit. The 26-year-old Madrilenian was in Munich for the first time during the New Year’s holidays 2008 and thought to herself: “I like it here – I wouldn’t mind living and working here later”. Well, and now here she is.

But Ines has made excellent use of the past years. After studying Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, she obtained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. There she specialised in modelling energy systems in order to develop programmes to optimise network operation. She then returned to Madrid and made an internship with the line maintenance department of REE, the Spanish transmission system operator (TSO). She became familiar with maintenance plans and methods. After her internship, she joined a consulting firm in Madrid about three years ago as a Power System Modeler, where she worked on various projects mainly in developing countries, from generation and transmission planning via wholesale market simulations to evaluating interconnection initiatives and cost analysis of service studies. “Time in countries like India, Egypt, Kenya or Rwanda has taught me a lot about my profession, but also about life as a whole,” she says.

The enthusiastic sportswoman has chosen TSCNET for various reasons. On the one hand, she wants to participate in state-of-the-art activities on a multinational level. On the other hand, she sees the willingness to grow, learn and explore new technologies and methods. As a business analyst, a whole bunch of important tasks awaits her, for example the development of service prototypes, the search for new approaches to business optimisation, carrying out network analyses or coordinating development proposals with our customers. “In the end, it’s all about good solutions that give our customers with all their needs real added value,” summarises Ines. Customers and colleagues alike will love to hear that. Welcome to the team!

Ines Bernal from Spain has joined TSCNET Services as Business Analyst in the Service Development Unit

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Transantlantic cooperation on grid modernisation

18.05.2018

Representing 43 European electricity transmission system operators (TSOs), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has a good deal of know-how on cooperation issues. Although coordination in order to modernise and integrate the transmission system at the pan-European level is certainly challenging enough, the focus of ENTSO-E is by no means limited to Europe. As a sign of this, ENTSO-E and the American Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have signed a memorandum of understanding on collaborative research, development and innovation initiatives.

Aspects such as next generation tools and processes, transmission and distribution system communication, information exchange or cyber security are all covered by the joint declaration. Both organisations expect the collaboration to provide valuable impulses for their respective ambitious future visions, “European Power System 2040” and “Integrated Energy Network”. Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E Secretary General, commented on the occasion: “As the pace of change in technology development and implementation continues to accelerate, this collaboration allows us to address common issues that are truly international in nature.”

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

Picture: Edited screenshot taken from video “The Integrated Energy Network: 2017 Summer Seminar” (EPRI, YouTube)

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Californian delegation visits TSCNET

27.11.2016

The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) is geared to “bring together leadership from the business, labor, community and environmental sectors with elected and appointed officials” in California, USA. Within the scope of CFEE’s “Germany & Czech Republic Study Travel Project”, a delegation consisting of four California State Senators, five members of the California State Assembly, 15 CFEE Board members, and three CFEE representatives, visited TSCNET Services in Munich, Germany. The group was led by Patrick Mason, CFEE President and CEO. The delegation was eager to see how European electricity stakeholders cope with the challenge of “Energiewende” to learn for the renewable challenge in California.

Next to Siem Bruijns, TSCNET’s Managing Director, and Alexander Küster, Head of Operations at TSCNET, the high-level delegation was received by Gerhard Christiner, the Chairman of the TSC Cooperation Board, and Joachim Vanzetta, the Chairman of the TSC Operational Board. Four presentations on different topices were held, followed by an animated discussion.

“Whenever you take one part of a system and enhance it over any other part, you will create unintended consequences – the issues are solvable, but policy makers should have a greater understanding of the consequences of their policies,” said Bob Foster, former President of Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the USA, former Chairman of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and one of the leading policy developers in the energy space. “Distributed resources, generation, storage, or micro-grids, all make the task of grid management more difficult,” he added. “The grid now requires much more management and care, which is and can be achieved, but it is fair to say that reliability is more tenuous.“

> See CFEE website (html)

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CFEE visit

Pictures: CFEE / TSCNET Services

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G7 ministers visit converter platform

13.05.2015

This Monday and Tuesday, the energy ministers and their representatives of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States met in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss possibilities to ensure long-term sustainable energy security. One of the items on the agenda was the visit of HelWin alpha converter platform in the North Sea, operated by the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT.

See TenneT press release (html, in German)

See BMWi press release (html)

Image using a picture by BMWi / Maurice Weiss

 

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