SmartGrid

Smart Grid Seminar presents "Cyber Security Roadmap and Challenge"

Topic: 
Cyber Security Roadmap and Challenge
Abstract / Description: 

Cyber security has become a critical priority for electric utilities, which are increasingly dependent on information technology and telecommunication infrastructure to ensure the reliability and security of the electric grid. Additionally, rapid, disruptive changes are happening in electric grids around the world. In many states and countries, initiatives are underway to integrate small, renewable generation into the distribution grid, to meet the local demand for electricity, while reducing the dependency on large, central generation facilities and long-distance transmission. This transition requires new technologies, connectivity, and intelligence, which inherently changes the attack surface of the grid and introduces new stakeholders in the delivery and use of power. This talk provides an introduction to these new cyber security issues, discusses EPRI's approach to addressing the challenges, and presents future research opportunities.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Zoom: register to receive ID

Smart Grid Seminar presents "Dynamic Electricity Pricing"

Topic: 
Dynamic Electricity Pricing
Abstract / Description: 

With the rapid growth in residential smart meters across the United States in recent years, most homes will soon be capable of moving to time varying prices for electricity. We discuss a methodology for studying the welfare impacts of different pricing strategies on an electricity market when homes deploy smart, price responsive appliances with forward-looking capabilities, and understanding its effects on social welfare and consumer surplus. We show conditions under which asymptotically, as the number of homes increases, social welfare-maximizing price schedules in equilibrium are linear in load. Real data are used to calibrate a smart thermostat model to compare dynamic pricing strategy against flat and peak pricing strategies when smart thermostats are deployed across ComEd's service territory of 3.5 million residential homes.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Zoom: register to receive ID

Opportunities in Solar Research and Entrepreneurship

Topic: 
Opportunities in Solar Research and Entrepreneurship
Abstract / Description: 

Renewable energy generation, storage and energy efficiency are being rapidly integrated into our digitized buildings, transportation system and electric grid. Exponentially expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs to commercialize new products are blossoming. This talk will highlight examples of the wide-ranging resources available to help start-up initiatives accelerate cycles of learning and bring innovations to market. Some specific resources to be reviewed include:

  • Stanford's TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Innovation Transfer
  • The NSF I-Corps Program adapted from Steve Blank's Stanford Lean LaunchPad class
  • The Elemental Accelerator in East Palo Alto
  • Emily Kirsch's PowerHouse Incubator and PowerHouse Ventures in Oakland
  • Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum and Innovation Incubator
  • The Department of Energy Solar Prize
  • Dorothy Jones-Davis' Nation of Makers
  • The American-Made Partner Network
Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
Zoom

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

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