Standards and Africa

Organizer, Rudi Schubert, IEEE

  • Abstract:

    IEEE standards activities are addressing the accelerated interconnections of renewable energy to the grid, the increased growth of electrification, and other issues in support of global sustainability goals. This session will focus on key standards and initiatives underway within the IEEE Standards Association addressing power grid evolution and the impacts of climate change. Specific topics to be covered include the IEEE 1547, IEEE 2800 and IEEE 2030 series of standards; the sustainable maritime initiative; Planet Positive 2030; and related programs that welcome participation from technologists worldwide.


Mamadou Diong


Mamadou Diong is a Supervisor for Dominion Energy’s Electric Distribution Technical Operations, within the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) operations group which is part of Dominion Energy’s Electric Distribution Grid Solutions organisation. In his current role, Mamadou is leading a team of Engineers and Technicians working among others on DER Interconnection and Commissioning / Witness Testing, Control and Automation technicians who are responsible for the Installation, Programming, Maintenance and troubleshooting of Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) which are critical in the proper function of electric distribution self-healing systems. Mamadou’s team also supports various Grid Modernization related projects and the operation of Energy Storage Systems and other grid edge technologies. Mamadou has 16+ years of experience working in the Energy Industry including 14 years with Dominion Energy, the largest electric utility in the US state of Virginia. Those experiences include 7 years of experience as an Electric Distribution and Transmission protection and control engineer, 6 years of experience as a Senior DER Interconnection Planning Engineer. Mamadou’s work as Senior Engineer focused on DER Integration and Strategies as well as reviews of Grid Edge solutions which include Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and Energy Storage solutions. In terms of industry involvement, Mamadou is a Senior IEEE Member and has been serving as Dominion Energy’s SME for IEEE Std. 1547. Also, Mamadou is currently the secretary for P1547.2 (revision of IEEE guide for Std IEEE 1547-2018) as well as the current chair for IEEE P1547 Working group, which is tasked for the revision of IEEE Std. 1547-2018. Finally, Mamadou is a member of the IEEE 1547 Education and Credentialing Program Utility Advisory Board (UAB), the IEEE Standard Committee 21 (SC21) which oversees the development of standards in the areas of fuel cells, photovoltaics, dispersed generation, and energy storage; and a member of the UL 1741 Standard Technical Panel (STP), which reviews proposals related to UL Standards for Safety.

Rudi Schubert


Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, and lead for its Energy Practice. He leads the IEEE Industry Connections program, operating consensus building interest groups across a porfolio of emerging issues and topics including sustainability, renewable energy, and many others. Before joining the IEEE, Rudi was a principal engineer for EnerNex, providing technical expertise on technology standards and testing programs to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also spent twenty years in progressively expanding leadership roles with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) establishing technical criteria and implementation methodologies that become a mandated compliance and certification standard used by US telecom carriers for technology deployment. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.

John Prousalidis


John Prousalidis was born in Athens (Greece) in 1968. He received his MSc (1991) and PhD (1997) degrees from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In 2001 he joined the Academic Staff of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of NTUA in the scientific field of “Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering”, (currently Full Professor). He is the author/co-author of 4 books, about 100 papers, reviewer in IEEE, IET, Elsevier and IMarEST journals. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, IEEE, IMarEST, member of the board of the Hellenic Joint Branch of RINA/IMarEST, member of the Publication Supervisory Board of IMarEST Publications. Since April 2020 he is the vice-chairman of the IEEE Marine Power Systems Coordinating Committee (IEEE-MSCC), while since March 2021 he is member of the IEEE/EPPC Working Group on Energy and member of the IEC/ISO/IEEE JWG28 dealing with 80005 series of standards on ship-to-shore interconnections and since September 2022 head of the Industrial Connection Activity Sustainable Maritime of ΙΕΕΕ(ICA-22-013). His scientific interests include ship electric propulsion, All Electric Ship, green ships, alternative fuels, cold ironing, smart and sustainable ports, HVDC/HVAC submersible interconnections. He has participated in about 45 research projects (in 15 research projects he was coordinator). Currently he is the Director of the Marine Engineering Laboratory of NTUA.