TEES Smart Grid Center to host workshop

April 1, 2014
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The TEES Smart Grid Center will bring together experts in smart grid issues for a workshop April 8 at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in MSC Room 2400. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. with an introduction by Mladen Kezunovic, Smart Grid Center director, and a welcome by Glen A. Laine, Texas A&M's vice president for research.

The workshop aims to strengthen partnerships between faculty, industry, end-users, and government agencies; expand on-going projects; and develop white papers leading to collaborative research proposals, Kezunovic said.

Workshop presentations will include:

• "Smart Grids for Improved Grid Performance and Reliability", Walter R. Bartel, Director of Grid Performance & Reliability, Center Point Energy.

• "The Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability", Andres Carvallo, CEO, Compass Management Group.

•"DOE R&D Initiatives", Gilbert Bindewald, Project Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, DOE Energy Management for Buildings and Other Facilities.

Four focus group sessions will be held. Topics are

• Big Data, Visualization, Data Analytics, Optimization Synchrophasors, GPS, Signal Processing, WAMPAC

• Communications, Cyber-Physical Security, Sensors, Embedded Systems Transmission, Distribution & Renewables Interfacing.

• Electricity Markets: Flexible Load, Energy Storage, On-Site Generation, Demand-Side Management.

Two panel discussions also will be held. Topics are:

• "Research Needs: Industry/Government/University Collaboration", Chair: George Arnold, NIST; Co-Chair: Mladen Kezunovic, director, Smart Grid Center, TEES; panelists: Shay Bahramirad, ComEd; Liang Min, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University.

• "Large-Scale Smart Grid Test Beds: Research, Education, Training," chair: John McDonald, GE Digital Energy; co-chair: Chanan Singh, Texas A&M University; panelists: Haitham Abu-Rub, Texas A&M University-Qatar; Mark Bruckner, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Slavko Vasilic, DNV GL Energy; Paul Wattles, Energy Reliability Council of Texas.

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