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Sponsored by PELS YP: Resilient and Sustainable Distribution Systems with Advanced Microgrids

Xiaonan LuPresenter: Xiaonan Lu, Argonne National Laboratory

Microgrids enable an effective solution of enhancing the resiliency of a low-inertia distribution system. Especially when facing the faults induced by natural disasters, it is necessary to leverage the capabilities of distributed energy resources (DERs) to pick up the critical loads. In this presentation, a resilient and sustainable framework in modern distribution systems using advanced microgrids will be introduced. Particularly, to provide effective solutions against severe faults, such as those induced by natural disasters, a distribution system can be sectionalized into multiple microgrids to not only isolate the faults and prevent its further influence on the rest of the system but also restore the grid service of critical loads in a fast manner. When using inverter interfaced DERs, a flexible operation can be realized by dynamically implementing advanced microgrids in order to satisfy the real-time source and load balance. A bi-level system is developed to implement a holistic solution, where the central optimization engine at the upper-level determines the boundaries of the microgrids in real-time, while the lower-level controller locating at each DER interface inverter is responsible for regulating local frequency and voltage and providing fault ride through function in each microgrid. In addition, when considering the stochastic output power of each DER, a region-wise method is proposed to evaluate the system stability of each autonomous microgrid dynamically implemented via sectionalization. Meanwhile, coordinated control of both AC and DC microgrids is deployed to stabilize the operation of each autonomous microgrid.


Xiaonan Lu (S’11-M’14) received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. From Sep. 2010 to Aug. 2011, he was a guest Ph.D. student at Dept of Energy Technology, Aalborg Univ. From Oct. 2013 to Dec. 2014, he was a postdoc researcher in the Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In Jan. 2015, he joined the Energy Systems Division, Argonne Nat’l Lab. He also holds the adjunct position as a Member of Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) in Northwestern University.

His research interests include modeling and control of power electronic converters in AC and DC microgrids, hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation, distribution automation, etc. Dr. Lu received Outstanding Reviewer Award for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2013, Outstanding Reviewer Award for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid in 2015, and Outstanding Postdoctoral Performance Award at Argonne National Laboratory in 2016.

Dr. Lu is the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and the Guest Associate Editor of the Special Issues entitled “Structured DC Microgrids” and "Asynchronous Interconnect and Generation" in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics of Power Electronics. He is a member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), Industry Applications Society (IAS), Power and Energy Society (PES) and Industrial Electronics Society (IES).

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Sponsored by IEEE TEC: Why the More and All Electric Aircraft Needs Power Electronics

New Day and Time - Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am EDT 

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Presenter:  Patrick Wheeler, University of Nottingham

There has recently been a major change in the design of aircraft. Electrical systems are being used in applications which have traditionally been powered by hydraulic or pneumatic sources. The Boeing 787 and the Airbus A380 both have significantly larger electrical systems than any previous aircraft.  The most important enabling technology for the More Electric Aircraft is been power electronics. Without power conversion none of the benefits of this technology would be possible. However, aerospace applications present some challenging conditions for power electronics and there are still a number of areas where improvements must be made in terms of the weight, volume, cost and reliability of systems. This presentation will introduce the More Electric Aircraft concept and investigate the potential benefits of the technology before considering the challenges our community will have to meet to make the concept of Electric Propulsion of large aircraft possible.  The talk will be illustrated with a selection of case studies of systems that have been developed at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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The IEEE PELS Resource Center platform, a new multimedia online library launched in 2016. You may find archived materials such as:

• Conference Presentation Videos and Slides
• Technical Panel Sessions Videos
• Interviews
• Newsletters
• Webinars
• Tutorials
• Distinguished Lecture Videos and Slides

New and archived content are continuously being added!

IEEE Power Electronics Society CALL FOR WEBINAR SPEAKERS 2017

IEEE Power Electronics Society is pleased to announce PELS Webinar Library, which is open to all PELS members as a membership benefit. The PELS Webinars can be viewed live with free registration. After the event is over, the link to the video of the webinar will be available through the PELS Webinar Library: http://www.ieee-pels.org/products/pels-webinars . This library will allow access to all recorded Webinars from power electronics experts from all over the world. The Webinars can be viewed on a mobile device, tablet or on a computer of your choice.

The webinars’ scope covers all fields of interest of the IEEE PELS which include the development and application of power electronics technology, which encompass the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient electronic conversion, control, and conditioning of electric power. Specific topics include (but not limited to)
Emerging topics in wireless power conversion
Wideband-gap devices and applications
Renewable energy systems
Converters for smart grid
Advance motor drive systems
Modeling, simulation and control
Advance packaging and thermal management

Open for Submissions:

PELS Webinars are open for submissions to anyone from the power electronics industry interested in sharing their experiences with the rest of the IEEE PELS community. Each Webinar is for 30-45 minutes followed by Q&A.

To submit a proposal, please submit the names, the contact information, and short bios of the presenters, the title and a half a page abstract of the proposed subject to the Digital Media Editorial Committee Chair: enjeti@tamu.edu and b.boresen@ieee.org