Distinguished Lecturer Program – IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Technical Seminar
Towards Resilient Power Systems
Prof. Arindam Ghosh, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
Tuesday, the 22nd November 2016, 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the University of Melbourne
A power distribution network can be termed as resilient when it can withstand any large disturbance or can recover quickly from such disturbances. In the recent years, several natural
disasters have happened around the world, e.g., hurricanes Katrina and Yasi, Sichuan earthquake in China (2008), Japan tsunami (2011) and bushfires that happen with regularity in Australia. It is estimated that the total cost of all adverse weather events in the US between 1984 and 2014 is around USD 1 trillion. In addition, there are other weather related blackouts such as a cascading
failure in several states in India in 2012 due to excessive heat, which left 620 million people without power for 15 hours. The recent power outage in South Australia is one example of what happens when diversity in power supply is not maintained. Microgrids are considered ideally suited for reliability of supply, energy diversity and also for reducing carbon emission. So far microgrid has been considered suitable for remote area power supply, for campuses, military bases and other such institution. However, from the lesson learned from the Sendai microgrid in Japan that was able to supply power to its local loads during the great tsunami of 2011, it is increasingly becoming evident that a microgrid can be a chief facilitator of both resilient and self-healing power network. This talk will outline the possibilities through which a group of microgrids can be used as resilience resources for the restoration of a power grid following a large grid disturbance or failure.
Biography of the presenter Prof. Arindam Ghosh obtained his Ph.D. from University of Calgary, Canada in 1983. He joined IIT Kanpur in 1985 as an Assistant
Professor and became a Professor in 1991. From May 2006 to November 2013, he was with Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane as Research Capacity Building Professor in Power Engineering. Current he is a Research Academic Professor at Curtin University, Perth. His current research focus is Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, Smart Green Grids and Power Electronics Applications to Power Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Registration: Members and visitors are welcome, registration at:
Date and Time: Tuesday, the 22nd November 2016, 6:00 pm (refreshments served at 5.30 pm).
Duration approximately one hour, followed by question time.
Venue: Room 106 (Brown Theatre), Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building (Building Number
193), The University of Melbourne, Grattan St, Parkville, VIC 3010.
Parking: Ticketed parking is available at three locations (University Square Carpark, Royal Parade
Car Park, and Eastern Precinct Car Park) within the Parkville campus. A number of other public car
parks and street parking are also available within walking distance from the Parkville campus.