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12 Sep 2016
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1 Dec 2016
Title: New Operational Strategies of Future Power System Networks: A Need for Decentralised and Intelligent Power System Operation Tools
Session type: Invited Academic Session
Proposed by: Dr. Ivana Kockar, University of Strathclyde
Date and time: Tuesday Nov. 29, 11:00-12:30
Location: Room 103

Operation of the next generation of electric grids will rely on solving large-scale, dynamic optimization problems involving hundreds of thousands of devices, jointly optimizing tens to hundreds of millions of variables. The distribution level of a future power system network will include various types of active dynamic devices, such as distributed generators based on solar and wind, batteries, deferrable loads, curtailable loads, and electric vehicles, whose control and scheduling amount to a very complex power management problem related not only to technical and economic aspects of system operation, but also to adjustments in human responses and participation.

As a result of such a rapid growth in the number of control points in power system networks, alongside a drive for enhanced observability and flexibility, there is a perceived need to move from centralised system operation and control to distributed operation approaches. The move will require new tools that will reduce centralised control where decisions are made by a single system operator, and bring decentralised coordination where behaviour of different actors will emerge from low-level interactions. This will help these highly complex systems to achieve real-time and just-in-time optimisation of operations.

To deliver the required new tools for decentralised operation, fundamental research is required to determine the level of distributed control achievable (or the balance between distributed, centralised, and hierarchical controls) and its impact on system operation, customer participation and control in power system networks. The panellists will explore the justification and need for decentralisation, and then discuss specific advances in the areas of decentralised market operation, novel methods for decentralised operation and control, and co-ordination of demand side and distribution network interaction at timescales that challenge centralised control methods.

Chen-Ching Liu and Jing Xie
Washington State University

Chen-Ching Liu is Boeing Distinguished Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. At WSU, Professor Liu serves as Director of Energy Systems Innovation Center. Professor Liu received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2004. In 2013, Dr. Liu received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Jing Xie received his Ph.D. degree at University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. His research interests include physical security of substations, distributed control of power systems, and testbed technologies.

Gregor Verbic
University of Sydney, Australia

Gregor Verbic received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1995, 2000, and 2003, respectively. In 2005, he was a NATO-NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Since 2010, he has been with the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. His expertise is in power system operation, stability and control, and electricity markets. His current research interests include integration of renewable energies into power systems and markets, optimization and control of distributed energy resources, demand response, and energy management in residential buildings. He was a recipient of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Prize Paper Award in 2006. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Stephen MacArthur and Ivana Kockar
University of Strathclyde, UK

Stephen McArthur is Professor and co-Director of the Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include distributed intelligence for power system applications, intelligent systems and data analytics. His research is funded by EPSRC, industry and government, including EPSRC Grand Challenge Network Project on Autonomic Power Systems. In addition, he is the Director of the British Energy Advanced Diagnostics Centre at Strathclyde. Prof McArthur received the B.Eng. (Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K., in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He is past Chairman of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Subcommittee on Intelligent Systems and past Chairman of the IEEE PES Working Group on Multi-Agent Systems.

Ivana Kockar received her MSc ad PhD degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and MEng degree from University of Belgrade. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Prior to that she was with Brunel University and University of Manchester, and also spent some time in industry. She is currently leading a team which carries out research in the area of power system operation, planning and economics, including new centralised and decentralised tools for the integration of Distributed Energy Resources into networks and markets, as well as interactions between TSOs and DSOs. Her work also includes projects funded by industry, looking into energy solution on Shetland Islands and Aberdeen (NINES and Aberdeen Hydrogen Project funded by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Networks) and in Scottish Borders (Accelerating Renewable Connections project funded by Scottish Power Energy Networks). Ivana is the past chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Computing and Analytical Methods Subcommittee (CAMS).

Tao Niu and Hongbin Sun
Tshinghua University, China
“Distribution voltage control to support large-scale wind integration”

Prof. Hongbin Sun received his Ph.D from Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1997. He is now Changjiang Scholar of Education Ministry of China, full professor of electrical engineering in Tsinghua Univ. and assistant director of State Key Laboratory of Power Systems in China. His research interests include smart grids, renewable generation integration, and electrical power control center applications.

Mr. Tao Niu received the Bachelor degree from Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, in China in 2014. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D degree in Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University. His research interests include voltage security region, automatic reactive power voltage control and renewable generation.