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Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan to give Power and Energy Seminar on Friday, Nov. 15

Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan from Colorado State University will give the CURENT Power and Energy Seminar on Fri., Nov. 15. His talk is entitled ToU, or not ToU, that is the question - Maximizing Wind Energy Usage in Regions with Electric Vehicle Fleets. The seminar will be held in MHK 404 from 12:20 pm - 1:10 PM.  

Time: Friday, November 15th, 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM EST

Location: Min H. Kao Building, Room 404

This seminar will be available through ZOOM.  See info near bottom of this email.

Presenter: Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan, Colorado State University

Title: ToU, or not ToU, that is the question - Maximizing Wind Energy Usage in Regions with Electric Vehicle Fleets

Abstract: Worldwide, there is significant growth in the installed capacity of wind energy based power plants. While they provide a reprieve from greenhouse gas emissions, the inherent stochasticity in the availability of wind introduces problems of deviations from forecasts. Sans efficient and inexpensive solutions for grid-level energy storage, wind power plants have to rely on economically unviable operational methods such as curtailment. The growing presence of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) fleets in electricity distribution systems may provide an avenue for avoiding curtailments by scheduling their charging during over-supply of wind energy.

In this talk, we will explore a data-driven methodology for studying existing pricing mechanisms in a North American metropolis, located in a wind energy-rich grid with an increased adoption rate of PEVs. Our study shows that the existing pricing methods for encouraging PEV charging to consume excess wind are sub-optimal. We will justify a need for an alternative dynamic pricing mechanism - Time of Use (ToU) - dedicated to PEVs for maximizing the usage of available energy from wind. Such a dedicated ToU can help avoid high costs for the supplier and deliver benefits to the responsive consumers.

Using real data and a machine learning methodology for data decomposition, we have designed a ToU dedicated for PEVs in the city under consideration. We will conclude this talk with some thoughts on the future directions of this research.

Bio: Sid Suryanarayanan is from Chennai, India. He received his M.S. and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2001 and 2004, respectively, from Arizona State University. Currently, he is a professor in the Dept. of ECE at Colorado State University. He has over 100 technical publications in journals and conference proceedings. His recent accolades include a Distinguished Individual Service Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) (2019), an R&D 100 Award (2018), the IEEE Eta-Kappa-Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award (2017), and the IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2015).

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Friday, November 29th - No seminar (Thanksgiving)

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