SmartGrid

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Computing for Electric Grid Planning and Design
Abstract / Description: 

The electric grid is seeing unprecedented change. New mandates for higher levels of renewable generation, distributed energy resources, cyber security, etc. are introducing increasing levels of complexity for grid planning and engineering. These changes are exceeding capabilities of today's modeling and analysis tools by utilities, ISOs, regulators, and vendors to support critical decisions for investment, engineering, and policy development. This 'technology gap' in tools represents an exciting opportunity for research in advanced computing and modeling methods. New approaches in high performance computing, numerical methods, computer science, and data analytics will greatly enhance grid stakeholders ability to predict and optimize evolutions of the electric grid. In this talk, the speaker will discuss new research in planning and design tools in DOE, gaps in tools technologies, and the role of advanced computing in developing next generation planning and design tools.


 

About the SmartGrid Seminar: 
Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:30 pm every Thursday. Open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Smart EV Charging, VGI, V2G, and MicroGrid Controllers
Abstract / Description: 

Kisensum is a software company that is dedicated to developing solutions for electric vehicle charging, stationary energy storage systems, and microgrids. Kisensum's microgrid controller software is flexible and adaptable to the needs of grid tied or islanded systems. It controls energy storage, EVs, PV, and inverters for demand charge management, resiliency, and PV over generation capture. The architecture is reliable and resilient, using open protocols and standards to easily incorporate all of the components of a microgrid. Build upon DOD cyber security standards, all applications integrate new batteries, 2nd life batteries, electric vehicles, PV, and building data into common processing model. The experience of developing and rolling out OpenADR internationally and developing the software for the first V2G fleet participating in the CAISO F/R market gives Kisensum a unique understanding of wholesale and utility energy markets.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 111

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Data Management Research with Emphasis on Buildings and Advanced Infrastructure Systems
Abstract / Description: 

Infrastructure systems, broadly defined to include buildings and other facilities, transportation infrastructure, telecommunication networks, the power grid and environmental systems will require more and more that engineers provide a continuous state awareness, assessment and proactive decision making for the complete life-cycle of the systems and processes they create. Such continuous state awareness and proactive decision making will allow these systems to be more efficiently and effectively managed in both normal and abnormal conditions. Advanced Infrastructure Systems is defined here to refer to innovative systems, components, devices and processes that improve the performance and/or reduce the life-cycle cost of a broad range of physical infrastructure systems. There are many technological developments and research projects that already support, or begin to support this vision. Civil Engineers, not just electrical and computer engineers and computer scientists, can and should be involved in delivering this overall vision. At this talk professor Soibelman will introduce his vision and work developed within his research group that focus on the application and exploration of emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to a broadly defined set of infrastructure systems and associated processes, such as planning, design, construction, facility/infrastructure management, and environmental monitoring, so as to improve their sustainability, efficiency, maintainability, durability, and the overall performance of these systems.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 – 111 (JERRY YANG AND AKIKO YAMAZAKI ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY)

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Distributed Intelligence for Smart Grid Operation and Control
Abstract / Description: 

The electric power grid is a spatially and temporally complex, non-convex, non-linear, and non-stationary system with uncertainties at many levels. The integration of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar farms, energy storage, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will add further complexity and challenges to efficient operation of future grids. Multi-agent systems based on distributed intelligence offer a particularly attractive approach for operation and energy management in a smart grid. In this seminar, I will discuss some of our projects where multi-agent systems have been employed for operation optimization, decision making and control of a smart grid.

Date and Time: 
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Venue: 
Y2E2 270

Claude E. Shannon's 100th Birthday

Topic: 
Centennial year of the 'Father of the Information Age'
Abstract / Description: 

From UCLA Shannon Centennial Celebration website:

Claude Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon founded information theory and is perhaps equally well known for founding both digital computer and digital circuit design theory. Shannon also laid the foundations of cryptography and did basic work on code breaking and secure telecommunications.

 

Events taking place around the world are listed at IEEE Information Theory Society.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
N/A

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Insights from Pecan Street’s Data-Intensive Research on Customer Energy, Water and Appliance Use
Abstract / Description: 

For the past six years, Pecan Street has operated one of the nation's most data-intensive research investigations on residential electricity and water use, behavioral response and field performance of different measurement devices. Using smart meters, gateway devices and CT-collar systems, Pecan Street researchers have measured appliance-level electricity use every minute in nearly a thousand homes in 20 states, including measuring generation from rooftop solar panels in over 250 homes and home EV charging in over 70 homes. In late 2013, Pecan Street launched Dataport, which makes all of the data from this ongoing multi-year investigation available to the academic research community for free in an online searchable database. Dataport's academic Research Board has estimated Dataport to be the world's largest research database on customer end uses of electricity and water.

The presentation draws on original data from this research to provide preliminary insights and identify research questions related to consumer behavioral response, residential battery systems, electric vehicle charging, solar PV generation's alignment with customer use patterns and the role of data.


 

Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:00 pm or 1:15 pm approximately every Thursday.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Spilker 232

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
TBA
Abstract / Description: 

Recent development of the smart grid significantly enhanced the level of automation in the distribution grids. With high level deployment of remote-controlled switches, distribution feeders can be restored efficiently after power outages. In this presentation, computational algorithms for utilization of smart meters, remote control capabilities, and feeder restoration will be discussed together with their practical implementations. The role of microgrids in distribution system restoration will be evaluated. Traditional techniques, however, are not designed for extreme events in the distribution systems. The same is true for widely adopted reliability indices. New thinking of system design and operation will be important for resiliency of future distribution grids.


 

Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:00 pm or 1:15 pm approximately every Thursday.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 300

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Zero Marginal Cost Power Grid
Abstract / Description: 

The talk will focus on research at Florida/Inria on harnessing flexible loads to create virtual storage. The goal is to address volatility from high penetration of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It is argued that these resources come at essentially zero marginal cost, which is a major barrier to innovation. Solutions to this dilemma will be proposed; it is hoped that this will lead to constructive debate — especially in view of CAISO's current debates on the future of DSM.

Based on joint research with Profs. Ana Busic and Prabir Barooah


 

Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:00 pm or 1:15 pm approximately every Thursday.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 300

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Integration and Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources to Enhance Reliability and Expand Markets
Abstract / Description: 

Presenters from NERC and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) will discuss the integration efforts, data collection, and analysis of distributed energy resources to enhance system reliability and expand existing market design to a broader set of resources. An overview of CAISO's innovative facility design and Smart Grid project demonstration will also be presented.


 

Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:00 pm or 1:15 pm approximately every Thursday.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 300

SmartGrid Seminar

Topic: 
Integration of Energy Storage into the Microgrid at the University of California – San Diego
Abstract / Description: 

The flagship microgrid at UC San Diego (UCSD) is the most often cited microgrid within CA given the fact that it is the largest, most diversified microgrid at 42 MW and self generates 85% of its own electricity on an annual basis. Because of the unique testing capability on the UCSD microgrid, and experience with testing energy storage, UCSD was recently chosen by ARPAe to conduct economic valuation and testing of some of the most advanced energy storage systems under real world market conditions. The presentation will also include an overview of the unique economic valuation of ARPAe advanced energy storage systems and how testing protocols have been developed that will simulate how energy storage will operate in modern wholesale markets, including stacked applications. UCSD has developed battery-testing capability for both laboratory and grid connected conditions. This allows testing in a controlled isolated laboratory environment, as well as testing in grid connected conditions where the interaction of the energy storage systems with the grid connected devices can be observed and evaluated. Multiple test stands have been developed for both laboratory and grid connected conditions, allowing parallel testing to place of multiple battery energy storage systems. UCSD has developed charge/discharge profiles and duty cycles for energy storage that represent five use cases for energy storage applications using real time and day ahead wholesale and retail energy market data. The testing apparatus is capable of producing loading conditions and duty cycles representing these use cases. This approach allows achieving test results that represent a wide spectrum of use applications and allow determination of energy storage systems performance under a variety of conditions and allow identification of specific applications that specific battery chemistry and good battery configurations.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Y2E2 300

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