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Networked control for a smart power distribution grid

Distributed microgeneration from renewable sources and the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, will soon pose unprecedented challenges for the efficient and reliable operation of power distribution networks. In this talk, we will see how these challenges can be tackled via a feedback control strategy, an approach that has not been fully explored in the current distribution system operation.

I will present some possible control design methods to achieve higher distribution efficiency and satisfaction of the grid operational constraints. Finally, we will discuss the implications of this approach in terms of communication architecture, and its potential as a "transparent" control layer for virtual reinforcement of the distribution grid.

Type of Seminar:
Control Seminar Series
Dr. Saverio Bolognani
ETH Zürich
Nov 16, 2015   16:15

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Prof. Florian Dörfler
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Biographical Sketch:
Saverio Bolognani received the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2011. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting graduate student at the University of California at San Diego.
In 2013-2014 he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MA). He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Automatic Control Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. His research interests include the application of networked control system theory to smart power distribution networks, distributed control, estimation, and optimization, and cyber-physical systems.