Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems – Synchronized and Democratized (SYNDEM) Smart Grids 🗓

— distributed energy resources, flexible loads, virtual synchronous machines, reduced complexity, improved performance, resiliency …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Founder, Syndem LLC
Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieee-pels.org
Summary: Power systems are going through a paradigm change from the current power systems dominated by electric machines to the next-generation smart grid enabled by power electronics, presenting a great opportunity to the power electronics society. In this lecture, it will be shown that the power electronic converters in millions of active, intermittent, non-synchronous, variable and distributed energy resources and flexible loads can be controlled to behave like virtual synchronous machines (VSM). They can all take part in the regulation of power system frequency and voltage via independent individual actions in a synchronized and democratized manner, leading to synchronized and democratized smart grids. Moreover, the dedicated synchronisation units, often phase-locked-loops, can be removed to further reduce complexity and improve performance. These active distributed players only require local information and communicate with each other through the power network, rather than through additional communication infrastructure, bringing stability, scalability, operability, reliability, security and resiliency to next-generation smart grids.
Bio: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, is the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering and Management at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and the Founder & CEO of Syndem LLC. Having been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Power and Energy Society and the IEEE Control Systems Society, he is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in power electronics, control, and power systems. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems.