Learn about the multiplicity required to design the energy grid of the future through three case studies. Andrea A. Mammoli, Director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies at the University of New Mexico, talks about the evolution of the grid and how the distribution feeder holds the key to these changes.

Seminar: Building the Grid of Tomorrow: A cross-disciplinary bottom-up approach
Thursday, May 24, 2018
10 a.m.
Santa Catalina Hall (SANCA) 151, Polytechnic campus [map]

Abstract

The 21st-century grid will evolve from pre-21st-century to one that relies primarily on a connected but decentralized architecture. The distribution feeder will change the game: from a system delivering energy to end users to becoming one that manages the local generation, consumption and storage.

Three case studies will be presented to illustrate the multiplicity of disciplines required to design such a grid.

  1. The modernization of the energy system for a small island could be optimized, through the deployment of PV and battery storage to augment the existing fossil-based generation.
  2. The development of an apparatus could provide short-term forecasting of solar irradiance but could have multiple applications like reducing the stress on a battery storage system or as an input to an optimizing power dispatch controller.
  3. The human dimension is considered, specifically in the development of models that can capture the response of end users to signals from a distribution energy management system.

About the speaker

Andrea Mammoli is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of New Mexico and Director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, an organization within the School of Engineering dedicated to research on the integration of distributed energy resources on the electricity grid through system architecture and controls. Mammoli has been active in the field of distributed energy systems since 2005, in the context of optimization and controls leading to better economics and enhanced resilience. These projects include solar-assisted HVAC in commercial buildings, building-scale energy storage, distribution-level PV and battery systems and microgrids.

Mammoli conducts research in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others. He obtained a doctorate in mechanical and materials engineering in 1995 from the University of Western Australia and was a Director’s Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1995 and 1997 in the Energy and Process Engineering group. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and was the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 AEE Energy Educator of the Year.

The seminar is free and available via Adobe Connect.

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