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Ancillary Service from Flexible Loads to Help the Electric Grid of the Future

Ancillary Service from Flexible Loads to Help the Electric Grid of the Future 

Workshop no. 204 preceded the 2013 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control on Monday, December 9,  to be held in Florence, Italy.   Practical details can be found here

This full day workshop is intended to provide an introduction to power systems today, and the challenges to be faced in the future with increased reliance on renewable sources of energy.  The expected audience includes engineers and scientists from industry and academia. The workshop will be self-contained so that it is suitable for systems and control researchers who may not have prior familiarity with the topics. The workshop audience is required to have an understanding of undergraduate-level control systems theory, basic circuits and heat/mass transfer, nothing more. 

Please return to this site regularly, as we will upload course materials over the upcoming months prior to the workshop.

Organizers: The speakers and organizers of the workshop have conducted research on various aspects of this topic for many years:  Prabir Barooah (University of Florida), Ian A. Hiskens (University of Michigan),  Anu Kowli (IIT Bombay),  Johanna L. Mathieu (ETH Zurich), Sean Meyn (University of Florida)

Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to educate systems and control researchers about opportunities in enabling reliable operation of the future electric grid in the presence of large renewable penetration by harnessing the inherent flexibility in residential and commercial electric loads for providing ancillary services. The emphasis of the workshop is to make domain knowledge available to the audience so that those interested in conducting research can perform appropriate abstractions. In short, we will discuss more of "how it is now, what can be changed, what cannot be touched, what needs to be developed" rather than presenting a few models and control algorithms as gospel. 

Workshop Schedule and Presentations

9:30-10:00 Welcome & Introduction  - SM
11:00-11:30                                Coffee break
12:30-13:30 Demand Response Today  - JM

13:30-14:30                          Lunch

14:30-14:45 Overview of the Afternoon Program -SM
14:45-15:30 Ancillary Services from Continuously Variable Loads  - PB  (presented by SM)
15:30-16:15 Ancillary Services from Thermostatic Loads  - JM
16:15-16:30                          Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Distributed Control of Deferrable Loads  - SM
17:30-18:00 Conclusion and Discussion 

This list is not exhaustive, and will evolve in the upcoming weeks

Topic 4 is illustrated in the figure below.  Many energy consumers are highly flexible, and this flexibility can be harnessed to provide resources to regulate the grid, much like ailerons are used to maintain level flight in an airplane.  


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