With a record attendance of 5,345 visitors from 82 countries at the 2010 session, the CIGRÉ 2012 Session looks to be an even bigger attraction. Taking place Aug. 26-31 in Paris, France, this international conference on electric power systems continues to attract the largest number of international senior executives, experts and specialists from the worldwide power industry. This year, CIGRÉ conference planners expect the overall attendance to total some 6,000 visitors, including more than 3,000 delegates from more than 80 countries.

The attendee number is not the only aspect of the 2012 session that is growing. To accommodate increasing demand, the space allocated for the supporting exhibition has been increased by 50% this year. This exhibition attracts the manufacturers, the producers and selling companies, the network operators, consultants and service providers for the electricity industry from around the globe to display their products and advanced technologies.

The conference and exhibition, once again, will be held at the magnificent Palais des Congrès de Paris, located near the Arc de Triomphe, which is one of the many famous landmarks and visitor attractions in Paris.

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Held every two years, these general sessions have a reputation for providing a unique forum that provides delegates, companions and exhibitors the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences.

In 2012, the electric utility industry continues to face major challenges to satisfy the increasing demand for economical, reliable and secure electrical energy. In addition to diminishing fossil-fuel resources — now being partially offset by many forms of sustainable renewable energy systems — the challenges require huge capital investment and coincide with a rapidly increasing world population and the need to comply with the demanding legislation introduced to manage global warming. The industry also has to take the necessary steps to offer access to electricity to the 2 billion people in the world who have no connection to this source of energy.

Extending over a five-day period, the conference's technical program of formal presentations, panel discussions, technical meetings and poster sessions will explore these challenges by addressing the need to interconnect large renewable-energy projects to transmission systems for large-scale transmission system interconnectors over land and subsea that employ the latest high-voltage ac and high-voltage dc technologies.

The closer interactions between transmission systems and distribution networks also become a critical matter for CIGRÉ. The program will continue to be based on CIGRÉ's organizational structure involving about 3,000 experts from across the globe collaborating in CIGRÉ work programs.

The latest developments linked to the key components of the transmission system — namely, rotating machines, substations, transformers, overhead lines and cables — will be discussed together with system design, operation, control, management and system performance. Once again, the interaction with distribution networks will be tackled and this will certainly increase in the future in accordance with an agreement signed recently with CIRED.

The increasing benefits available from advanced information and telecommunications system technologies now in wide-scale use in the industry also are included in the program as they play an increasing role in the industry's drive to develop smart grids.

Every delegate attending CIGRÉ 2012 will benefit from the knowledge and experience available from the world's power industry experts on all aspects of research, manufacturing and utility management. The technical conference is well structured, addressing all the major issues, and every session offers delegates the opportunity to contribute and benefit from the assembled industry experts.

The CIGRÉ organizing committee has arranged for a team of support staff to be available to service all delegate inquiries during the five-day conference.

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

The official opening ceremony of the conference will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26 and will include a keynote address on a “Strong & Smart Grid — A Driving Force for Energy Development in the 21st Century,” presented by Liu Zhenya, president of the State Grid Corp. of China. This ceremony will be followed by the first networking opportunity for delegates and their guests.

Technical Program

The technical program starts on Monday, Aug. 27 and will continue daily until Friday, Aug. 31. The first day will be devoted to a meeting for CIGRÉ members, held between two major sessions, which usually attracts the majority of the CIGRÉ delegates:

  • Opening panel (Monday morning) — “The Role of Electricity Systems in Reducing Energy's Environmental Footprint”

  • Workshop (Monday afternoon) — “Large Disturbances.”

The workshop will discuss a number of the latest large disturbances and report on the follow-up corrective action required to avoid repetition.

Poster Sessions

The conference's technical meetings comprise a four-track program that starts on Tuesday, Aug. 28, that offers delegates the opportunity to select the subject of their choice from 16 discussion group meetings. In these meetings, discussions are held on the papers submitted for each of the specialist subjects that CIGRÉ's Study Committees have selected for presentation. From more than 500 papers received from authors around the world, 454 papers have been selected by the CIGRÉ technical committee for discussion.

Social Events

The technical meetings are well structured by the key issues identified by the study committee's special reporter in advance of the meeting. By adopting this format for each meeting, the session chairman always has time to offer delegates the opportunity to contribute and benefit from the knowledge and experience exchanged during discussion.

This year, the organizing committee has arranged 16 poster sessions to include the 16 study committees that will be open from Monday, Aug. 27 to Friday, Aug. 30, giving delegates an opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with the authors of CIGRÉ papers.

Technical Exhibition

The CIGRÉ organizing committee has arranged a welcome reception on Sunday, Aug. 26, following the opening ceremony. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, all registered delegates and companions are invited to attend an evening cocktail reception and private visit to the Musée du Louvre, with a reception held under the Pyramid.

In addition, for companions, there is a five-day program of visits and activities starting on Monday, Aug. 27. These are arranged to give visitors a glimpse into the history, art treasures and features that give Paris a reputation for being one of the world's most beautiful cities. These tours can be booked in advance at the Palais de Congrés.

The number of applicants for the CIGRÉ 2012 technical exhibition at the Palais des Congrés will fill to capacity the additional space at this year's exhibition, which has already attracted exhibitors from 26 countries, making this the largest exhibition ever staged at a CIGRÉ General Session. The exhibition opens on Monday, Aug. 27 and will remain open during conference hours until Friday, Aug. 31.


Held on two levels, the exhibition will include displays and demonstrations by many of the world's leading manufacturers who supply power generation and transmission utilities with the latest technologies together with the major plant installed on all transmission systems. The exhibition gives delegates the opportunity to benefit from industry experts in addition to experiencing hands-on opportunities on the range of software solutions now available for all applications on the world's extra-high-voltage and high-voltage power delivery systems.

Recognized as an established industry showcase, the CIGRÉ exhibition strengthens the links between research associates, manufacturers, end users and decision makers, as delegates include every sector of the industry. In addition to this valuable marketing opportunity, specialist companies and research institutions will be represented to offer the electricity industry much-needed access to contract services, research and testing facilities. Therefore, every delegate seeking smart grid solutions will benefit from time spent in the CIGRÉ 2012 exhibition.

Founded in 1921, CIGRÉ, the Council on Large Electric Systems, is an international nonprofit association for promoting collaboration on a national and international level. CIGRÉ now has more than 12,000 equivalent members composed of researchers, academics, engineers, technicians, CEOs and other decision makers. This association provides and gives the opportunity for experts from some 90 different countries to share and join forces to improve existing systems and build the electric power systems of the future.

CIGRÉ has national committees in 57 countries and achieves its mission through the work of its specialized study committees and working groups, as well as through regular events such as the frequently staged symposia and the general session.

Now is the time to accept CIGRÉ's organizing committee's invitation to register and participate in one of the world's largest international conferences.

Technical Meetings

2012 Exhibitors

Editor's note: For full details of the event and to register for CIGRÉ 2012, visit www.cigre.org.

Date Special Subject (Number of technical papers submitted to the study committee for each session)
Tuesday, Aug. 28* B3 - Substations (27)
C3 - System Environmental Performance (26)
C6 - Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation (30)
D1- Materials and Emerging Test Technologies (30)
Wednesday, Aug. 29 A3 - High-Voltage Equipment (24)
B4 - HVDC and Power Electronics (26)
C2 - System Operation and Control (28)
C4 - System Technical Performance (29)
Thursday, Aug. 30 A2 - Transformers (32)
B2 - Overhead Lines (27)
C5 - Electricity Markets and Regulation (26)
D2 - Information Systems and Telecommunications (22)
Friday, Aug. 31 A1 - Rotating Electrical Machines (24)
B1 - Insulated Cables (28)
B5 - Protection and Automation (30)
C1 - System Development and Economics (35)
* On Tuesday, Aug. 28, there also will be a meeting of the Electric Power Engineering Education (EPEE) panel, which is responsible for addressing the issues on EPEE.


ABB Management Services Ltd.

Albatroz Engenharia

Alstom Grid

Alstom Power

AMA-Systems GmbH

AMETEK Power Instruments

Ampacimon S.A.

AP Sensing



Arruti Group


b2 Electronic GmbH

BAUR Prüf- und Messtechnik GmbH

BCP Busarello + Cott + Partner AG


BPL Global

Brugg Kabel AG

Bruker EST


CG Power Systems

Chint Electric Co. Ltd.


Cisco Systems

Coelme Egic

Coil Innovation GmbH


Cooper Power Systems



CTC Cable Corp.

CYME International T&D Inc. (Cooper Power Systems)


De Angeli Prodotti


DILO Armaturen und Anlagen GmbH

Doble Engineering Co.

Dow Electrical & Telecommunications

Dynamic Ratings



EMB-Elektromotoren und Gerätebau barleben GmbH


ENPAY Transformer Components

Entegra GmbH

Ergon Europe MEA Inc.


EuroSMC S.A.

Fiber Sensing, Sistemas Avançados de Monitorização S.A.

FISO Technologies Inc.


Fushi Copperweld

G&W Electric Co.

GE Energy

General Cables

Global Insulator Group Ltd.

Haefely Test AG

Hapam bv

High Voltage Inc.

Hitachi Ltd.

HSP Hochpannungsgeräte GmbH

Hyosung Corp.

ICMET Craiova


Ingeteam Technology S.A.


Inventec Performance Chemicals

IPS Intelligent Process Solutions GmbH

ISA Europa Sarl

Jiang Shenma Electric Co. Ltd.

JST transformateurs

KALKI Communication Technologies Ltd.


Kinectrics Inc.

KoCoS Messtechnik AG


Lamifil NV

Landis + Gyr (Europe) AG

Lapp Insulators GmbH

LIOS Technology GmbH

LS Cable & System Ltd.

LumaSense Technologies GmbH

Lumpi-Berndorf Draht-und Seilwerk GmbH

MacLean Power France

Manitoba HVDC Research Centre

Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH

Maxwell Technologies S.A.


Metal Deploye Resistor

Micca Information Technologie GmbH


Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.

Mohaupt High Voltage

Morgan Schaffer Inc.

Mosdorfer GmbH


NARI Group Corp.

National Electric Coil

Ndb Technologies


Nexans France

NKT Cables GmbH

NR Electric Co. Ltd.

Nynas S.A.


Onsite HV Technologies AG

Opal-RT Europe


OTLM d.o.o.

OTN Systems

Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd.

PFIFFNER Instrument Transformers Ltd.


Phenix Technologies Inc.

Power Diagnostix Systems GmbH

Power Line Systems Inc.


PPC Insulators Austria GmbH

Prosoft-Systems Ltd.

Protecta Electronics

Prysmian Cables & Systems



RFL Communications

RHM International, LLC

RT Measurements Technologies GmbH

RTDS Technologies Inc.

RTE - Réseau de Transport d'Electricité

RuggedCom Inc.

Schneider Electric

Schniewindt GmbH & Co. KG

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories


SecuControl GmbH

Sediver S.A.

Selta SPA


SERGI France


Shanghai Huaming Power Equipment Co. Ltd.

Sibille Fameca Electric


Siemens AG

Silec Cable

Solvay Fluor GmbH

Streamer Electric Inc.



Taurus Powertronics Pvt. Ltd.

TE Connectivity

Techimp HQ


Toshiba Corp.

Tractebel Engineering

Transmission & Distribution World


UCA International Users Group


Ventyx (an ABB Company)

Vizimax Inc.

Von Roll Transformers Ltd.

Wacker Chemie AG

WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG

Zenergy Power Inc.

Zensol Automation Inc.

ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnologia, S.L.

ZTT International Ltd.