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Spring ECE Seminar Series on the Future Power Grid - Smart or Not?

Nanogrid: DC Based Energy Distribution and Control
Santanu K. Mishra
Santanu K. Mishra (S’00-M’04-SM’12) received a B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India, in 1998, an M.Tech. degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, in 2000, and the Ph. D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2006. He worked as a senior application engineer with the International Rectifier Corporation in Rhode Island, USA, from 2004 to 2008. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. His research interests include Nanogrids, renewable power conversion and control, and DC based power distribution.
A Nanogrid is a small (1-5 kW) power system with renewable supplies, storage, and load. It can either operate in islanded mode or can be interfaced to external source for energy trading. Due to lower power rating and DC based renewable power generation; it is efficient to operate a Nanogrid at DC. Multiple Nanogrids are interconnected to realize a Microgrid and multiple Microgrids become a part of a Smartgrid. This talk will concentrate on the various challenges in realizing a DC based Nanogrid. The challenges include creating an efficient, independent, and reliable system that can operate and interact with other Nanogrids in a healthy manner. Ultimately, a sound Nanogrid will lead to a sound Smartgrid. The talk will also focus on possible research directions in realization and interconnection of DC Nanogrids.
March 14, 2013
1:00pm- 2:00pm
234 Larsen

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