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Control and Protection Functions in a Strong and Robust Smart Grid

November 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

IEEE Power Energy Society (PES) Technical Seminar

Control and Protection Functions in a Strong and Robust Smart Grid

Prof. Saifur Rahman,

Director, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech, USA, President-elect, IEEE Power & Energy Society

Monday, the 20th November 2017, 6.00pm to 7.30pm at The Melbourne University – Parkville

Abstract: A smart grid is a modern electric system. It has its own architecture, communications, sensors, automation, computing hardware and software to improve the efficiency, reliability, flexibility and security of the electric power supply system. In particular, the smart grid, when fully deployed, will facilitate the (i) increased use of digital information and control technologies, (ii) dynamic optimization of grid operations and resources, with full cybersecurity, (iii) deployment and grid-integration of distributed energy resources, (iv) operation of demand response and energy efficiency programs, (v) deployment of “smart technologies” for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status including distribution automation, (vi) integration of consumer-owned smart devices and technologies and (vii) deployment and control of electric vehicles and storage – thermal, mechanical and electrical.  The smart grid requires advanced control at both component and system levels. Different non-linear controls, such as back-stepping control, feedback linearization, model predictive control, and sliding mode control are applied to control DERs, and their grid integration. Another control technique gaining application in the smart grid space is based on multi-agent systems (MAS) which provide autonomy, reactivity and proactivity.  MAS are complex systems composed of several autonomous agents with only local knowledge and limited abilities, but are able to interact in order to achieve a global objective. MAS use a new programming paradigm to implement agents. As speedy communication facilities, such as fibreoptics, microwave, GSM/GPRS, 3G/4G are becoming the integral parts of the functioning smart grid, the integration of MAS in smart grid applications is becoming simple and feasible.  This lecture focuses on the control issues of the smart grid and how MAS can provide an efficient tool to address such issues. 

Biography of the presenter

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu).  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.  He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2016 and 2017, and will be the president for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries.  He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.

Registration: Members and visitors are welcome, RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/ieee-power-amp-energy-society-victorian-section-14913481691

Date and Time: Monday, the 20th November 2017, 6.00 pm. Duration is approximately one hour, followed by question time.

Venue: Theatre C – Old Arts building – The University of Melbourne – Parkville.

Location Map: See next page

Further enquiries about this event, please contact us at pes.victorian@ieee.org.


November 22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Theatre C – Old Arts building – The University of Melbourne – Parkville
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