2014 - Industry Session - Academia and Research
Microgrid: A New Hub in Energy Infrastructure
Microgrids are small-scale versions of centralized electric power systems. They achieve specific goals of distributed power systems, such as reliability and self-healing, sustainability and diversification of energy sources, and energy efficiency and cost reduction, established by communities in various parts of a large power system. Microgrids integrate renewable resources at the community level and allow for customer participations in the operation of an electricity infrastructure. Microgrids form the building blocks of perfect power systems which promote real-time pricing and demand response, and applications of smart grid to the distributed control of electric power systems. This presentation will highlight some of the key issues with the design and operation of microgrids and discuss the role of recent innovations and, in particular, the significance of smart grid applications to power system operations and control. The presentation will also discuss the development of a microgrid funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and implemented at Illinois Institute of Technology. Global IEEE activities for promoting smart grid technologies will also be discussed.
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour (IEEE Fellow) is Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is Principal Investigator of over $40 million projects on smart grid research and development. Dr. Shahidehpour was the General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) in Washington DC, and General Chair of the 2011 and 2012 Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy in Chicago. He is the author of six books and 400 papers on electric power systems including a book published in 2003 on communication and control in electric power systems. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Area Editor of IEEE Electrification magazine, Area Editor of IEEE Power and Energy magazine, Associate Editor of Electricity Journal, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer