Michael Schwan has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee 99, which prepares safety standards relating to high-voltage electrical power installations, notably dealing with their system engineering and building. IEC TC 99 also specifies standard insulation levels for all types of electrical equipment, in various fields of application. He will start chairing the TC in November 2020 and will remain at its head until the end of October 2026.
Schwan has extensive knowledge of strategic transmission and distribution system planning and has built roadmaps for strategic transmission and distribution system development, focusing on steady-state studies. He has also led feasibility studies on international connections, transmission backbones and technology selection. His wide expertise also covers the integration of renewable energies (RE) into the electrical grid: he focuses on assessing the impact of RE on the grid and what suitable grid reinforcement and mitigation measures should be taken as a result.
A summa cum laude PhD graduate in Electrical Power Engineering, Schwan is the head of Power Technologies International inside Siemens Global, where he leads a team of 250 consultants.