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Rosseti Centre and Rosseti Centre and Volga Region completed a pilot educational project for students on the basics of digital transformation

29 November 2019

The lecture course “Digital Transformation in the Electric Grid Complex”, unparalleled in Russia, presented by power engineers of Rosseti Centre and Rosseti Centre and Volga Region in universities in 20 regions of the country, aroused great interest of students and teachers. The pilot project of the country’s largest electric grid companies was attended by more than 1,500 students.

As part of a course of nine lectures that leading experts of Rosseti Centre and Rosseti Centre and Volga Region gave throughout the whole of November, the students got a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the projects of the first stage of the digital transformation of the electric grid complex in the territory of the companies’ presence, learn firsthand about the specifics of the functioning of digital technologies in the electric grid complex, to analyze in detail the main areas of digitalization and technologies used, to get an idea of process control and digital data in the electric power industry. At the lectures, the young people were explained in detail the principles of the Unified Grid Control Centre and the system for diagnosing power lines using unmanned aerial vehicles, talked about modern communications and electricity storage systems, showed smart electricity meters and other modern technologies. In total, the companies’ experts held 180 lectures in the regions.

In several regions, where the lectures were held, excursions to the most modern power facilities were organized for their participants: city control centres, Unified Grid Control Centres, digital substations. During the excursions, the students were able to take a fresh look at the electric power industry, to understand what it will be in the future.

“We are pleased with the results of the information course. I believe that this initiative should be continued and our cooperation with the leading higher institutions of the country should be maximized. After graduation from universities, the young people will come to work in the energy sector, including one of subdivisions of our company, which means they must be aware of the most relevant information, navigate the latest trends, have a holistic picture of the digital transformation of the electric grid complex. I am sure that together with the leadership of universities, we will be able to solve the serious task of training true professionals who can effectively work with the latest technologies, equipment and software,” emphasizes Igor Makovskiy, General Director of Rosseti Centre - the managing organization of Rosseti Centre and Volga Region.

It is important to note that the educational project of the power engineers found support among the leadership and teachers of higher educational institutions. According to Alexander Nakhabov, the deputy head of the Department of Nuclear Physics and Technology of the Institute of Atomic Energy of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI: “The educational special course on digitalization of the electric grid complex is a useful project. It aroused the interest of both teachers and students. There are ideas for joint scientific work with colleagues from Kalugaenergo in this area. In addition, we plan further cooperation: the possibility of opening an electric power specialty on the basis of our university is being discussed.”

“I believe that the digitalization information course was exclusively for the benefit of the students of our university in the relevant faculty. Rosseti is the largest energy company in Russia and the world, keeping pace with the times. And in order to work in such a company, young specialists are simply obliged to navigate the world of digital technologies,” said Tatyana Vasilyeva, the head of the training department “Power Engineering and Electrical Engineering” at the Ryazan Radio Engineering University.

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