Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Sascha Von Meier: Electric Grid 2.0: Getting Ready for the next Generation
Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory
Sascha Von Meier, EECS Adjunct Professor
The electric grid has been called a system that works in practice, not in theory. While large, interconnected a.c. networks based on 19th century technology have served us remarkably well, new challenges await: a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources is now imperative. This introduces the problem of coordinating heterogeneous, temporally intermittent and spatially distributed resources at an unprecedented scale, and with greater precision than ever imagined by early grid architects. Solutions must reconcile the constraints of legacy infrastructure with a spectrum of new opportunities created by advanced sensors, controls and information technology.
This talk will outline the integration challenges from a physical perspective, starting with an elementary characterization of a.c. electric power systems and what is (surprisingly) not obvious about them. It will also introduce research on new tools such as micro-synchrophasors that support a qualitative leap in how we may observe, understand and manage the grid, as a critical infrastructure and enabler of timely change across the energy sector