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Smart Grid Seminar: Real World AI Applications at Scale

Topic: 
Real World AI Applications at Scale
Abstract / Description: 

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the key to unlocking humanity's problem-solving capabilities but engaging with AI is not necessarily intuitive. Industrial enterprises find it difficult to understand how specific AI advances can be applied to their organizations and how to begin integrating AI technology at scale. Starting to work with AI is no different than with any other technology: Understand the problem you are trying to solve, understand the capabilities of the technology, and reconcile the two. We distilled the steps from our application of AI across a variety of real-world projects. To make the steps tangible, we will deepdive into one: Google data center energy efficiency. Google wanted to reduce the energy consumed by its data centers while maintaining a temperature that was safe for operations. The team started this project with one of Google's newest, most optimized data centers. This provided a data-rich environment with the most up-to-date sensors and equipment, which helped baseline performance (and later measure impact). The result was an AI system that achieved 30% reduction in energy consumption while continuing to operate the data center in a safe, effective manner. The benefit was clear: Google reduced its data center energy consumption, environmental impact, and bottomline cost while improving the efficiency of the system. Google is now looking to expand the scale and application of this technology.


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 3, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

Smart Grid Seminar: Utility Work on DER Integration

Topic: 
Utility Work on DER Integration
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, September 26, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

EE/CEE 292X presents "Overview of battery systems and their applications to transportation and grid services"

Topic: 
Overview of battery systems and their applications to transportation and grid services
Abstract / Description: 

TBA

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium

EE/CEE 292X presents "Life-Cycle and Environmental Considerations for Battery Storage Systems"

Topic: 
Life-Cycle and Environmental Considerations for Battery Storage Systems
Abstract / Description: 

Batteries are essential for decarbonizing the transportation sector and managing the variability of the renewable power generation. However, while batteries can provide many benefits, they also come with environmental concerns that stem from mining the materials needed to make them, the energy required for manufacturing, and end-of-life disposition. Data and models that explore the life-cycle and environmental considerations for batteries will be presented. In addition, by comparing batteries to other options for providing transportation and grid-balancing services, we will demonstrate that batteries are overall very beneficial for creating a low carbon energy system.

Date and Time: 
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium

EE/CEE 292X presents "Plug-in Electric Vehicles in Distributed Energy Resource Ecosystem – Technology, Market and Customer Perspectives"

Topic: 
Plug-in Electric Vehicles in Distributed Energy Resource Ecosystem – Technology, Market and Customer Perspectives
Abstract / Description: 

Well over a million (closer to 1.5M) EVs and plug-ins are on the roads today in the US, and about half of them are in California. They represent challenges in terms of defining, designing, installing and managing the integration of the charging (including fast charging) infrastructure into the grid and, once ready, provide a significant opportunity to enable both clean transportation and cleaner grid through their utilization as a grid resource in a variety of use cases and scenarios. All aspects of the above challenges and opportunities are a topic of intensive research at EPRI, and will be covered in this presentation. At the end of the class, the students will have a good idea as to what the key areas of research interest, what the utility and automotive industries are working on today and what the near future may look like, through the example projects that the author is leading / managing at EPRI.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium

EE/CEE 292X presents "EPRI’s Energy Storage Analysis Tools"

Topic: 
EPRI’s Energy Storage Analysis Tools
Abstract / Description: 

StorageVET and DER-VET are for simulating and valuing the services provided by energy storage and microgrids, respectively. These tools model how the integration of distributed energy resources can produce value to individual customers, ratepayers as a whole, and to society in general. They are publicly-available, open-source, valuation and optimization software tools.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium

EE/CEE 292X presents "EV Charging Networks - Critical Infrastructure for the Transition to Electrified Transportation"

Topic: 
EV Charging Networks - Critical Infrastructure for the Transition to Electrified Transportation
Abstract / Description: 

EVgo builds, owns, operates and maintains the largest EV fast charging network in the U.S. This is a rapidly growing, mission-based business with greater than 50% year-on-year growth that comprises a complex integration of high-power electronics, IoT systems, data science, and rapidly evolving business models. This lecture will introduce the fundamentals of an EV charging business from EVgo's perspective and experience. The lecture will cover:

  • The basics of AC and DC EV charging
  • Architecture of a complete charging network
  • Exploration of customer segmentation and EV penetration forecasts
  • Business fundamentals and models
  • Policy and regulation
Date and Time: 
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Skilling Auditorium

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