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Changing the Paradigm of Power System Operation and Control

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When Jan 14, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Tesla Room 53-125
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Professor Janusz Bialek

DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy, Durham University, UK


Power systems are undergoing an unprecedented period of change driven by increased penetration of renewable generation, electric vehicles, and increased take-up of Demand Side Response facilitated by smart metering. All those changes mean that the traditional mode of power system operation and control based on centralised control, deterministic (N-1)-based dispatch and generation following demand will have to change. A new paradigm is needed to facilitate distributed and stochastic control. This change of paradigm will require a significant interdisciplinary effort combining the skills of engineers, mathematicians, economists, social scientists and politicians. The talk will give examples of some of the research projects that address those challenges.


Professor Janusz Bialek was born and educated in Poland. Currently he holds the DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy at Durham University, previously (2003-2009) holding the Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He will be the Technical Chair of Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) conference to be held in Durham in 2014.

Janusz has widely published on technical and economic integration of renewable generation in the power system, smart grids, preventing electricity blackouts and power system dynamics. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

He has been has been the Principal Investigator of a number of major research grants funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry. He has also been a consultant to the UK government, Scottish Government, European Commission, International Energy Agency, Elexon, Polish Power Grid Company, Scottish Power and Enron.

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