Changing Energy Landscape: The Role of Storage and Responsive Loads
Speaker: Ufuk Topcu, California Institute of Technology
Series: Other Events
Location: J223 Equad
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Abstract: The landscape in which we generate, deliver, and use energy is changing. How can we affordably integrate component technologies and reliably manage the emerging highly heterogenous, uncertain, and distributed energy systems? The focus of the talk is on the role of energy storage and responsive loads in search for answers to this question. I begin with an ongoing transformation in an isolated system, Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California, from diesel-only generation to a renewable generation portfolio complemented by energy storage. I then use a simple power flow model to investigate effects of grid-integrated storage. Finally, I present our recent results on distributed coordination of responsive loads in the context of electric vehicle charging and providing ancillary services. I conclude with an outlook on future research opportunities in energy networks, power/energy optimized vehicular systems, and integrated infrastructure systems.
Bio: Ufuk Topcu is a postdoctoral scholar of Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley. His research is on the analysis, design, and verification of networked, information-based systems. Current projects are in energy networks, advanced vehicular architectures, and autonomy. He has served on several technical committees of AIAA, IEEE, and IFAC. In 2012, he received an Air Force Young Investigator Research Program Award.