With the dominant role synchronous machines play in electric power generation around the world, Innocent Kamwa’s standards work has been integral to more efficient and safer operation of the power grid. Kamwa pioneered large synchronous machines standards for computerized determination of parameters from tests, which are key in settling contractual terms between utilities and major manufacturers while providing critical data for network reliability studies, grid code certification, and electric drives design. The standstill frequency response testing method he developed has been accepted as the most inexpensive, risk-free, and accurate method of synchronous machines model identification for use in a wide range of engineering studies. His wide-area control and protection systems have increased the power transfer limit of the grid while minimizing the risk of a total system blackout.
An IEEE Fellow, Kamwa is Manager—power systems simulation and evolution with the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute, Varennes, Quebec, Canada.