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Bikash Pal

Imperial College London

Bio: Bikash Pal is a Professor of Power Systems at Imperial College London (ICL). He is research active in power system stability, control, and estimation. Currently he is leading a six university UK-China research consortium on Resilient Operation of Sustainable Energy Systems (ROSES) as part of EPSRC-NSFC Programme on Sustainable Energy Supply. He led UK-China research consortium project on Power network stability with grid scale storage (2014-2017): He also led an eight- university UK-India research consortium project (2013-2017) on smart grid stability and control. His research is conducted in strategic partnership with ABB, SIEMENS, GE Grid Solutions, UK, and National Grid, UK. UK Power Networks. SIEMENS R&D collaborated with him to develop fast power flow and volt-var control tools in Spectrum Power, an advanced module for distribution management system solution from SIEMENS. This is now commissioned in distribution control centres in Columbia, Bosnia Norway and Azerbaijan serving 15 million customers in these countries. GE commissioned sequel of projects with him to analyse and solve wind farm HVDC grid interaction problems (2013-2019). Prof Pal was the chief technical consultant for a panel of experts appointed by the UNFCCC CDM (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Clean Development Mechanism). He has offered trainings in Chile, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia and India in power system protections, stability and control topics. He has developed and validated a prize winning 68-bus power system model, which now forms a part of IEEE Benchmark Systems as a standard for researchers to validate their innovations in stability analysis and control design. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2012-2017) and Editor-in-Chief of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (2005-2012). He is Vice President, PES Publications (2019-). In 2016, his research team won the President's outstanding research team award at Imperial College London (ICL). He is Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to power system stability and control. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Power distribution system estimation and control. He has published about 125 papers in IEEE Transactions and authored four books in power system modelling, dynamics, estimations and control. He was Otto Monstead Professor at Denmark Technical University (DTU) (2019) and Mercator Professor sponsored by German Research Foundation (DFG) at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2011. He worked as faculty at IIT Kanpur, India. He holds a Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University, China.

Bikash Pal's Keynote Speech Information

Abstract: The number of power electronics converters connected to electrical networks has been growing exponentially as they are part of all new generation connected to the grid. While the rapid control and fast electronic switching available with this technology offer flexibility in network operation, the dynamic interactions between several of them threaten the operational stability of the transmission grid is a concern. It is required to develop a methodology for identifying the risks associated with the stability and control interaction before a new power electronic device (e.g. Windfarm, interconnector, STATCOM) is introduced to the network The talk will focus on an analytical framework in impedance domain to quantify the interaction between the new plant and the rest of the network for setting additional grid connection study specifications which will include detail technical study to check and mitigate the risks associated with new power electronics interfaced generation. The framework developed is to support MMC technology, control delay, system strength and FRT capability of dynamic voltage support devices and windfarm through technical case study conducted at the research group of Bikash Pal at Imperial College London. Future research challenges and opportunities will be highlighted.


Claudio Canizares

University of Waterloo

Bio: Dr. Claudio Cañizares is a University Professor and the Hydro One Endowed Chair at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department, and the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) at the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993 and has received multiple recognitions, especially the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at both the University and Faculty of Engineering levels. He obtained the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different academic and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research activities focus on the study of stability, control, optimization, modeling, simulation, and computational issues in bulk power systems, microgrids, and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets, smart grids, and energy access. In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of many grants and contracts from government agencies and private companies worth millions of dollars, and has collaborated with multiple industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising close to 180 research fellows and graduate students. He has authored/co-authored over 370 publications that have exceeded 29,000 citations at a 77 H-index, including journal and conference papers, technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to deliver keynote speeches, seminars, tutorials, and presentations at many prestigious venues worldwide. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Transactions on Smart Grid; the 2022-2023 IEEE Division VII Director of the IEEE and Power & Energy Society (PES) Boards; and a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he was the Director of the Applied Science and Engineering Division of the Academy of Science from 2017 to 2020. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and of multiple IEEE PES Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding leadership positions in several IEEE-PES Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces.

Claudio Canizares' Keynote Speech Information

Abstract: As the penetration of variable renewable generation increases in power systems, issues such as grid stiffness, larger frequency deviations, and grid stability are becoming more relevant. In this context, Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) are proving to be effective in facilitating the integration of renewable resources, and thus are being widely deployed in both microgrids and large power grids. This talk will review several energy storage technologies, particularly Compress Air Energy Storage (CAES), flywheels, batteries, and thermal energy systems, and their modeling and applications for power systems. An overview will be provided of the work being carried out by Prof. Canizares' group at the University of Waterloo on all these energy storage systems, focusing on novel models and applications in microgrids and distribution and transmission grids for system stability and control, in particular for frequency regulation.


Zechun Hu

Tsinghua University

Bio: Zechun Hu is an associate professor (tenured) of Tsinghua University at Department of Electrical Engineering. He received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Department of Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Xi’an, China, in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He worked in Shanghai Jiao Tong University after graduation and was a research officer of University of Bath, UK from 2009 to 2010. He joined Tsinghua University in 2010. His major research interests include optimal planning and operation of power systems, electric vehicle integration into power system, energy storage systems, and electricity markets. In the past 12 year, he has worked on more than 20 projects to solve the problems of the optimal integration of electric vehicle into power systems and more than 10 projects related to power system frequency control, which are supported by the government, domestic and international companies. He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed papers (with more 180 journal papers) that have more than 10000 citations and two books. He was selected as the Most Cited Chinese Researchers of 2020-2022 by Elsevier. He won serval first-grade prizes awarded by Ministry of Education of China, Chinese Electrotechnical Society, etc. He served/serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, IET Smart Grid, Energy Conversion and Economics, Power System Technology. He received the best paper award by IEEE Transactions on Power Systems in 2020.

Zechun Hu's Keynote Speech Information

Abstract: With the rapid increase of renewable energy integration, power system dispatch and control are facing challenges to maintain the frequency security and stability requirements because of the volatile, randomness and low-inertia characteristics of the renewable generations. Traditional, for the classical power system dispatch problems, e.g. unit commitment and economic dispatch, the frequency security and stability constraints are not considered. And, only the traditional generators are considered for frequency control resources. However, with the increase of power fluctuation and reduce of inertia in modern power systems, more and more researchers are considering frequency security constraints in the dispatch problems. And new control resources and strategies are proposed for frequency regulation to maintain both frequency control performance and frequency security of the evolving power system. This presentation will cover the primary, secondary and tertiary frequency control problems. Framework and basic principles of these frequency control problems will be briefly reviewed first. For tertiary frequency control, the unit commitment and economic dispatch problems considering the frequency security constraints will be discussed. The emphasize will be on the methods to deal with linearization of nonlinear frequency security constraints. The economic dispatch method considering the secondary frequency control cost will be also introduced. For the secondary frequency control problem, the stability analysis of load frequency control systems with multiple delays will be explained. Then a reinforcement learning based coordinated but differentiated load frequency control method considering multi-type frequency regulation resources will be introduced and simulation results will be shown. Making use of the flexibility of the inverter-Based Resources, the idea of setting the primary frequency control parameters dynamically to ensure frequency stability will be explained. Finally, the future research directions will be discussed.

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