SEMINAR: Distributed Intelligence for the Power Grid
We live in a truly exciting time where a confluence is seen between power electronics, intelligent control architectures and energy systems. As the grid undergoes a transformation in the delivery, operation and control of energy from a centralized to a massively distributed paradigm, advanced research philosophies that support and catalyze such a change are necessitated. In this talk, I will discuss different research projects that I have led in the past with the unifying theme of adding distributed intelligence to the utility network.
Specifically, I will focus on three broad areas – sensing, control and power electronics. Under “sensing”, I will discuss a new class of smart wireless sensors for transmission and distribution (T&D) networks. Under “control, optimization & data analytics”, I will present a transformative method of controlling the grid to provide demand reduction, energy savings and rooftop PV integration. Finally, under “power electronics”, I will elucidate how high power electronics can be used to create “power routers” that can help to channel power along T&D networks and can be used to integrate more renewables while reducing congestion. For all these projects, I will also provide sufficient substantiation through data collected from field demonstrations.
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering , Varentec
Rohit Moghe received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee, India, in 2007 where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. Subsequently, he completed his M.S. and PhD. degrees from Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2010 and 2012 respectively. He is presently the Director of Advanced Research and Applications at Varentec, where he leads various efforts on distributed grid-edge control, advanced system studies & data analytics, development of advanced algorithms for volt-var control, renewable energy integration, and next generation product development. In the past, he has worked at ABB US Corporate Research, Siemens Energy & Automation and Goldman Sachs. He has published over 30 conference and journal papers, holds 10 pending and issued patents and has served as a reviewer for many IEEE, IET, and IJEPES journals. His research interests are in grid edge power electronics design, development, control and optimization, modeling and simulation of large electrical networks, renewable energy, smart sensors and grid analytics.