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Energy Security and Sustainability

The electric power grid is a large and complex network consisting of a range of energy sources including fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable resources, with many operational levels and layers including power plants, transmission and distribution networks and control centers. The interactions of various power system elements, including physical components and human beings, also increase the complexity of the power grid. On the other hand, the diversity of the time scale involved in the operation of different power system elements, adds to this complexity. The time scales for various control and operation tasks can be as short several microseconds and as long as several years, which makes it even more difficult to model, analyze, simulate, control and operate a power grid, such as the North American power grid. This seminar will present new developments in control and optimization techniques to overcome some of this complexity associated problems, and provide better energy security and sustainability. These new developments in control and optimization will be illustrated with three case studies: • An optimal controller for grid independent photovoltaic system; • Optimal reactive power dispatch and voltage control; • A wide area measurement-based damping controller.
Type of Seminar:
IfA Seminar
Professor Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy
University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA
Mar 26, 2008   13:15

ETH Zentrum, Building ETZ , Room E9
Contact Person:

Dr. S. Mariethoz
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Biographical Sketch:
G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy received the B.Eng. degree (Hons.) in electrical and electronics engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria, in 1994, and the M.Sc.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He was a Visiting Researcher with ABB Corporate Research, Sweden, in 2007. His research interests are in the development and applications of advanced algorithms for real-world applications, including power systems stability and control, FACTS devices, power electronics, alternative sources of energy, sensor networks, collective robotic search, signal processing, and evolvable hardware. He has published 2 edited books, 5 book chapters, 54 refereed journals papers, and over 200 refereed international conference proceeding papers. He has attracted in excess US $4 Million in competitive research funding from external funding agencies. Dr. Venayagamoorthy was a recipient of the 2007 US Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, the 2004 NSF CAREER Award, the 2006 IEEE Power Engineering Society Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2006 IEEE St. Louis Section Outstanding Section Member Award, the 2005 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Outstanding Young Member Award, the 2005 SAIEE (South Africa) Young Achievers Award, the 2004 IEEE St. Louis Section Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2003 International Neural Network Society Young Investigator Award, the 2001 IEEE CIS Walter Karplus Summer Research Award, five prize papers from the IEEE IAS and IEEE CIS, a 2007 Missouri S&T Teaching Commendation Award, a 2006 Missouri S&T School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2007/2005 Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Award.