Energy Systems Engineering Spring Seminar Series: The Janak Raj Lectures: "Renewable Energy Integration to Electric Grid with Battery Energy Storage: Challenges & Opportunities"

Monday, May 2 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Register today for the next installment of the  Energy Systems Engineering Spring 2022 Seminar Series: The Janak Raj Lectures. Don't miss it - it's the last one of this Spring semester!
This seminar is available only online via Zoom.

Presented by:  Sukumar Kamalasadan, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


TIME: 12:00 PM EDT 
LOCATION - ZOOM MEETING link to be sent prior to the seminar date

ABSTRACT:   In this presentation, challenges, and opportunities for renewable energy integration into the power grid are discussed. The main renewable energy resources that are considered include photovoltaics, wind farms, and batteries. Then, the main advantages of using grid-connected energy storage with PV farms are illustrated. This includes methods of using energy storage for a) smoothing intermittent PV outputs,
b) regulating distribution system voltage,
c) supporting energy time shift and,
d) supporting frequency regulation. Then control approaches for managing renewable energy resources are illustrated. Finally, real-time, and distributed control of the modern power grid for grid stability and reliability in the presence of renewable energy resources are summarized.

Sukumar Kamalasadan is a Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Electric Power Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and the Director of Power Energy and Intelligent Systems Lab (PEISL) within the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNCC. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, OH in 2004. His research interests include data-driven approaches to power grid modernization, smart grid, microgrid, power system operation and optimization, power system dynamics, stability and control, and renewable energy based distributed generation. Prof. Kamalasadan’s research for the last 20 years has resulted in tools and methods that have a high-level impact on electric utility modernization with a fleet-wide deployment of his tools that enabled modern grid management and control integrating renewable energy and energy storage. His research work has secured more than $10M with his direct supervision from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Research, Duke Energy Corporation, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, and several other industries. He is the chief architect of Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory at UNCC, a $5M facility.

If interested, please attend the presentation on Monday,  May 2 at 12:00pm EDT.

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