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CURENT Seminar Series:  Dr. Luigi Vanfretti, RPI, and Dr. Philip Top, LLNL

Date:  Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time:  12:20 - 1:10pm EST

Location: Room 124 Min H. Kao Building, Knoxville, TN

Title: Modeling and Simulation of Electrical Power Systems using OpenIPSL.org and GridDyn

Presenter:  Dr. Luigi Vanfretti, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Dr. Philip Top, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Abstract: The Modelica language, being standardized and equation-based, has proven valuable for the for model exchange, simulation and even for model validation applications in actual power systems. These important features have been now recognized by the European Network of Transmission System Operators, which have adopted the Modelica language for dynamic model exchange in the Common Grid Model Exchange Standard (v2.5, Annex F).

Following previous FP7 project results, within the ITEA 3 openCPS project, the presenters have continued the efforts of using the Modelica language for power system modeling and simulation, by developing and maintaining the OpenIPSL library: https://github.com/SmarTS-Lab/OpenIPSL

This seminar first gives an overview of the origins of the OpenIPSL and it’s models, it contrasts it against typical power system tools, and gives an introduction the OpenIPSL library. The new project features that help in the OpenIPSL maintenance (use of continuous integration, regression testing, documentation, etc.) are also described.

Finally, the seminar will present current work at LNLL that exploits OpenIPSL in coordination with other tools including ongoing work integrating openIPSL models into GridDyn an open-source power system simulation tool, as well as a demos of the use of openIPSL libraries in GridDyn.

Bios: Dr. Luigi Vanfretti (SMIEEE’14) obtained the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

He was with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as Assistant 2010-2013), and Associate Professor (Tenured) and Docent (2013-2017/August); where he lead the SmarTS Lab and research group. He also worked at Statnett SF, the Norwegian electric power transmission system operator, as consultant (2011 - 2012), and Special Advisor in R&D (2013 - 2016).

He joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in August 2017, to continue to develop his research at ALSETLab: http://alsetlab.com. His research interests are in the area of synchrophasor technology applications; and cyber-physical power system modeling, simulation, stability and control.

Dr. Philip Top is currently a Research Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA.  Philip has been involved in several projects connected with the DOE effort on Grid Modernization including projects on modeling and simulation, co-simulation and smart grid data analytics.  He is the principle developer on the open source power system simulation tool GridDyn, and a key contributor to the HELICS open source co-simulation framework. Mr. Top got his PhD from Purdue University in 2007.  

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