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Maseeh Colloquium: Sailing the Electric Grid through Wind and Sunshine
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 3:15pm

The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series* presents

Sailing the Electric Grid through Wind and Sunshine

by He Hao, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 3:15pm 
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 3:00 in presentation room) This event is free and open to the public

The North American power network is often described as the largest and most complex system designed by the humankind, and it is rated as the top engineering achievement of the 20th century. Due to growing environmental concerns as well as economic and political requirements, the future power grid will rely increasingly on renewable energies from wind and solar. The proper functioning of an electric grid requires a continuous power balance between supply and demand. However, renewable energy resources have a high degree of uncertainty, which presents a daunting challenge for the power system operators to maintain the power balance. Hence reliability of the grid will require more flexibility through generation, as well as flexible consumption from demand response. The thermal storage potential in buildings is an enormous untapped resource for providing various services to the power grid. Moreover, buildings account for 70% of total electricity consumption in the United States. Buildings are, therefore, a natural candidate for demand-side flexibility. In this talk, we talk about how to extract the flexibility of residential and commercial building energy consumption to enable deep penetration of renewable energies.

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU.