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SmartGrid

Bits and Watts presents "Battery Electric Vehicles, Energy Management, and the Smart Grid: An OEM Perspective"

Topic: 
Battery Electric Vehicles, Energy Management, and the Smart Grid: An OEM Perspective
Abstract / Description: 

Ford is pursuing an aggressive electrification of their product portfolio that includes the launch of the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E, all-electric F-150, and all-electric global commercial van. With 100 kWh of electrical capacity, and potentially more, on board, Ford customers will have enough energy to meet their daily driving needs. However, what if there is more than enough energy? Ford is looking closely at how battery electric vehicles can unlock additional value for customers in a world of a dynamic and intelligent electrical energy system.

This talk will briefly cover Ford's electrification strategy and the mission of Greenfield Labs, Ford's Silicon Valley outpost. It will review projects on connected charging infrastructure and hands-free charging and describe the ways that Ford researchers are envisioning smart vehicles in a smart world.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Shriram 104

Bits and Watts presents "Towards Transactive Energy: A Common Experimentation with EDF, SMUD, OMEGA Grid and ENEDIS"

Topic: 
Towards Transactive Energy: A Common Experimentation with EDF, SMUD, OMEGA Grid and ENEDIS
Abstract / Description: 

EDF (Électricité de France), Sacramento Municipal Utility district (SMUD) and Omega Grid are partnering to test Transactive Energy. We are creating a blockchain-based local electricity market, based on OG's software, to coordinate electric vehicle (EV) charging with solar generation. This local energy market project will demonstrate the use of blockchain technology to coordinate EV charging with local solar generation and wholesale prices in a blockchain-based incentive program. The program will show how distribution utilities can use a blockchain-based local energy market to add millions of new solar panels, EVs, and batteries to their grids without expensive infrastructure upgrades. The local energy market demonstration will take place near Sacramento, California, and receive support from the EDF Innovation Laboratory team based in Silicon Valley. The project is backed in part by an APPA grant.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Shriram 104

SmartGrid Seminar presents "Intelligent Protection Schemes for Renewable Energy Integration"

Topic: 
Intelligent Protection Schemes for Renewable Energy Integration
Abstract / Description: 

By 2050, the costs of an average PV and wind plant are expected to fall by 71% and 58%, respectively. Meanwhile, batteries will further depress market prices, which in turn enable the deeper penetration of renewable energies like PV, wind, and electric vehicles (EVs). However, the transition on primary energy resources can be a double-edged sword. Problems such as protective relay is landing and fault detection, protective relay coordination under environmental uncertainty, topology recovery of secondary distribution networks, and EV charging station planning are critical to the security and resilience of the electric systems. This presentation describes several timely solutions to enable more secure and efficient grid operations by analyzing voluminous power system operation data. The aforementioned solutions include the multifunction intelligent relays, an environment-driven adaptive protection scheme, a transformer connectivity inferencing tool, and an EV charging station planning method. Several types of machine learning algorithms are developed in power systems to support renewable energy integration for sustainability.

 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

EE 292X (CEE 292X) Battery Systems for Transportation and Grid Services - Poster Session

Topic: 
Student Poster Session, EE 292X (CEE 292X)
Abstract / Description: 

Project poster session spanning a very broad range of topics from battery technology and modeling to applications to transportation and the grid.

You are welcome to come and meet our students and learn about their amazing work.

List of EE/CEE 292X projects:
1. Voltage sensing separator for battery fast charging
2. Equivalent circuit models for lithium ion batteries under EV drive cycles
3. Machine learning based models for lithium ion batteries
4. Characterizing error in linear battery dynamics model
5. Homogenized thermal runaway model in Li-ion cells
6. Battery pack design for thermal runaway prevention
7. Smart lithium ion battery pack for small-scale UAV applications
8. Battery-aware intelligence for autonomous robot navigation
9. Battery modeling to optimize range and cycle life for electric aircraft
10. Mileage prediction based on driving profiles
11. Data-driven system modeling of Stanford EV buses
12. Empirical trends in energy consumption of electric buses
13. Quantifying load impact from autonomous electric TNC fleets
14. Data-driven placement of charging station locations
15. Charging station locations via agent based simulation
16. Battery design for resilient decentralized wastewater treatment
17. Low cost, temperature robust batteries for farm applications
18. Battery charge controller for small scale off-grid wind
19. Techno-economic feasibility of a hybrid storage system for a university campus
20. Distributed vs grid scale storage systems for future EV charging stations
21. Ancillary services with vehicle to grid charging
22. Quantifying 2nd life EV battery value for grid applications

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Packard Atrium

Q-Farm & Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM) special seminar: "Operator Growth, Chaos, Complexity, and Hydrodynamics"

Topic: 
Operator Growth, Chaos, Complexity, and Hydrodynamics
Abstract / Description: 

The emergence of ergodic behavior in quantum systems is an old puzzle. Quantum mechanical time-evolution is local and unitary, but many quantum systems are successfully described by irreversible hydrodynamics. I will present a hypothesis for how operators grow in strongly-interacting many-body systems and thence give rise to hydrodynamics. The hypothesis states that the Lanczos coefficients in the continued fraction expansion of the Green's function growth linearly with a "universal growth rate" $\alpha$ in chaotic quantum systems.

I will describe the extensive analytical and numerical evidence for this hypothesis, as well as three of its consequences. (1) Operator growth can diagnose free, integrable, and chaotic dynamics. (2) The growth rate --- an experimental observable --- gives rise to a quantity called the "K-complexity". The K-complexity quantifies the "amount of chaos" in any quantum system, and reduces to the Lyapunov exponent in semiclassical limits. (3) Assuming the hypothesis, one can accurately compute diffusion coefficients and other hydrodynamical data with minimal computational effort.

This talk is based on arXiv: 1812.08657.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
McCullough Building Room 335

Bits and Watts meets Buts and Whats: New York State's Policy to Remake the Grid

Topic: 
New York State's Policy to Remake the Grid
Abstract / Description: 

In developing the 20th century grid, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla did not design an architecture for distributed or renewable resources. To decarbonize the grid--and to electrify transportation and heating--requires exactly that: a remaking of the grid to accommodate these resources. While doing so will require some new technology solutions, this seminar will explore how existing policy has inhibited innovation in the regulated power sector, and more important, will give an update on New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy, a market-based approach to build the smart grid.

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 4:30pm
Venue: 
NVIDIA Auditorium

Smart Grid Seminar presents "Finding a Balance: Regulation and Grid Performance"

Topic: 
Finding a Balance: Regulation and Grid Performance
Abstract / Description: 

What is driving our electric power industry to improve performance? How do we, as an industry, make sure we are performing to our customers' expectations? In today's power systems, every technology employed, trend established, and policy or standard implemented, should be done so with the best interests of the customer in mind. The utility sector is economically immense and vast in geographic scope, and it combines ownership, management, and regulation in complex ways to achieve reliable energy service. This lecture provides a broad view on energy market regulation in the US, including a rulemaking process and landmark orders. It addition, it explores how improving bulk power system performance through technology, data, and policies will benefit the customers of electric power.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

Smart Grid Seminar welcomes Jessica Bain

Topic: 
TBA - date subject to change
Abstract / Description: 

We invite you to join us in this quarter's Stanford Smart Grid Seminar. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, scheduled for Thursdays, and with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The seminar room is Room 111 in Y2E2 Building.

The speakers are renowned scholars or industry experts in power and energy systems. We believe they will bring novel insights and fruitful discussions to Stanford. This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T. Interested students can take this seminar course for credit by completing a project based on the topics presented in this course. Please discuss with the faculty in charge before signing up for credit.

Smart Grid Seminar Organization Team:

  • Ram Rajagopal, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Electrical Engineering
  • Liang Min, Managing Director, Bits and Watts Initiative
  • Chin-Woo Tan, Director, Stanford Smart Grid Lab
  • Mohammad Rasouli, Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

Smart Grid Seminar: Vehicle Grid Integration

Topic: 
Vehicle Grid Integration
Abstract / Description: 

Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) is the umbrella-concept that encompasses managed charging of electric vehicles (V1G) as well as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) solutions. As more electric vehicles hit the road inCalifornia, PG&E has been leading industry efforts to better clarify and articulate the scope, need, and value of VGI. This talk provides an overview of PG&E's activities in the VGI space, focusing on a recently developed market framework that identifies hundreds of potential VGI use-cases and help quantify their value. Dr. Farhat will also share findings from two of PG&E's VGI pilots: the ChargeForward pilot in collaboration with BMW North America, and the School Bus Renewable Integration pilot with PittsburghUnified School District.


 

We invite you to join us in this quarter's Stanford Smart Grid Seminar. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, scheduled for Thursdays, and with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The seminar room is Room 111 in Y2E2 Building.

The speakers are renowned scholars or industry experts in power and energy systems. We believe they will bring novel insights and fruitful discussions to Stanford. This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T. Interested students can take this seminar course for credit by completing a project based on the topics presented in this course. Please discuss with the faculty in charge before signing up for credit.

Smart Grid Seminar Organization Team:

  • Ram Rajagopal, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Electrical Engineering
  • Liang Min, Managing Director, Bits and Watts Initiative
  • Chin-Woo Tan, Director, Stanford Smart Grid Lab
  • Mohammad Rasouli, Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

Smart Grid Seminar: Safety-Constrained Learning Algorithms for Demand Management

Topic: 
Safety-Constrained Learning Algorithms for Demand Management
Abstract / Description: 

In the first part of the talk, we study the problem of designing optimal control actions (e.g., real-time prices) for demand management in power distribution systems given unknown customer response functions. Without exact response information or a market mechanism that extracts this information from customers, the design of demand management initiatives can present economic uncertainty and grid reliability concerns for the aggregator. This highlights the need for safety-constrained learning heuristics that can be applied in power and more broadly safety-critical systems. We showcase "safety-aware" bandit heuristics for designing control actions that constrain the probability of violation of power grid constraints during the learning process. We then highlight the effect of such safety constraints on the growth of regret for special classes of stochastic bandit optimization problems.

In the second part of the talk, we consider the problem of joint routing, battery charging, and pricing problem faced by a profit-maximizing transportation service provider that operates a fleet of autonomous electric vehicles. To accommodate for the time-varying nature of trip demands, renewable energy availability, and electricity prices, a dynamic pricing and control policy is required. We highlight several such policies, including one trained through deep reinforcement learning to develop a near-optimal policy. We also determine the optimal static policy to serve as a baseline for comparison with our dynamic policy and for determining the capacity region of the system. While the static policy provides important insights on optimal pricing and fleet management, we showcase how in a real dynamic setting, it is inefficient to utilize a static policy.


 

We invite you to join us in this quarter's Stanford Smart Grid Seminar. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, scheduled for Thursdays, and with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The seminar room is Room 111 in Y2E2 Building.

The speakers are renowned scholars or industry experts in power and energy systems. We believe they will bring novel insights and fruitful discussions to Stanford. This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T. Interested students can take this seminar course for credit by completing a project based on the topics presented in this course. Please discuss with the faculty in charge before signing up for credit.

Smart Grid Seminar Organization Team:

  • Ram Rajagopal, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Electrical Engineering
  • Liang Min, Managing Director, Bits and Watts Initiative
  • Chin-Woo Tan, Director, Stanford Smart Grid Lab
  • Mohammad Rasouli, Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

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