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Professor Suresh Chandra Srivastava from IIT Kanpur gave a seminar on “Power System Stability  Monitoring and Development of Wide Area Damping Controller using Synchrophasor Measurements” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on May 29, 2015.  During his visit, he led a discusson with faculty members and students in the Smart Lighting ERC and CURENT, and also toured the laboratories.  

Abstract: Several events of blackouts in the recent past, worldwide, have necessitated the use of more intelligent and automated systems for online monitoring, and control of the power systems. Maintaining the system stability and security has been a challenging task and needs to be systematically addressed to mitigate future vulnerability of the system. This requires continuous monitoring of the power oscillations in the network and early detection of the imminent instability condition. Wide Area Monitoring, and Control (WAMC) systems, employing synchrophasor technology, are being increasingly used in the power system networks to achieve these objectives.

This talk will present some of the research work carried out by the Power Systems group at IIT Kanpur on synchrophasor measurement based monitoring of small signal oscillations, early detection of voltage instability and development of network control based Wide Area Damping Controller (WADC). The work on WADC has addressed the issues related to the communication network delays, packet loss, packet disorder and input output signal selection, and it the scheme is validated on a Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) lab set up.

Professor_Suresh_Chandra_Srivastava_photo.jpgBio: Prof. Srivastava received B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He worked at Engineers India Limited New Delhi, a consultancy organization, during Nov.1976-Nov.1988 in its Project Engineering and Engineering Technology Development divisions. Since November 1988, he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur, where he became ‘Professor’ in Dec. 1995. He also served as Head of Electrical Engineering Department, Dean of Research and Development and Deputy Director at IIT Kanpur. During August 2008-July 2009, he was as a ‘Visiting Research Professor’ in the ECE Department at Mississippi State University, USA and also served as a Faculty member at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand during 1996-97, on leave from IIT Kanpur. He held ‘P.K. Kelkar Chair Professor’ and is now holding “Ministry of Labour and Employment Chair’ position at IIT Kanpur.

He has supervised 25 Ph.D. and 60 Masters theses in the Power Systems area. He has published about 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include Power System Stability and Security Analysis, Synchrophasor Applications, Power System Restructuring and AC/DC Microgrid. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Institution of Engineers (India) & IETE (India), and Senior member of the IEEE. He received IEEE PES ‘Outstanding Engineer Award 2012’ from PES/IAS Chapter, IEEE Uttar Pradesh Section and NPSC ‘Outstanding Academician Award’ in 2012.