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Future Power Systems

National power grids are currently evolving from static entities, producing mainly a uni-directional flow from generation to loads, to more dynamic and decentralized structures. These emerging power systems should accommodate the local generation by renewable sources and peak demands of electrical vehicle charging. The cross-border interconnection of power grids further imposes new challenges in the design, planning and daily operation of these networks.

This seminar aims to address these challenges and discuss potential solutions, by bringing applied mathematicians and power system engineers together. The seminar further marks the PhD defense of Reijer Idema, entitled Newton-Krylov Methods in Power Flow and Contingency Analysis, the next day. The seminar is organized by Domenico Lahaye.

Location: The seminar will be held on Thursday November 22nd, in the Art Centre Delft, Rotterdamse Weg 205, Delft.

Registration: To participate register here before November 15th, 2012. Participation is free of charge.

Speakers and Abstracts

Prof. Furong Li is a reader at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of the University of Bath. Her talk will discuss challenges and potential approaches to fast and continuous power flow computations in smart grids, including initialization and information recycling strategies to substantially reduce computational burdens.

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Dr. Stavros Lazarou is a scientific officer at the Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre. His talk will address the Smart Grid Simulation Centre currently being set up inside the Joint Research Centre for the offline study of large scale power systems and the real-time simulation of components.

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Dr. Sharmistha Bhattacharyya and Dr. Yolanda Knops are with ENDINET. Their talk will showcase several practical examples showing the use of static and transient power flow computations, enabling the safe and reliable supply of electrical power to ENDINET's customers.

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Dr. Pieter Schavemaker is a principal consultant with E-Bridge Consulting B.V. His talk will outline future directions in power system modeling in order to facilitate the European market integration, while safeguarding the security of supply, sustainability, and competitiveness.

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13:00-13:15: Reception

13:15-13:30: Welcome address by Prof.dr.ir. C. Vuik

13:30-14:15: Talk by Prof. Furong Li

14:15-15:00: Talk by Dr. Stavros Lazarou

15:00-15:30: Coffee and tea break

15:30-16:15: Talk by Dr. Sharmistha Bhattacharyya and Dr. Yolanda Knops

16:15-17:00: Talk by Dr. Pieter Schavemaker

17:00-17:30: Goodbyes

Power System Research at DIAM-TU Delft

Mathematics and mathematical research play an indispensable role in every technical discipline. The Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics of the TU Delft (DIAM-TU Delft) engages in new numerical methods for fluid dynamics computations, real time forecasting systems for weather, water, and transport of hazardous materials, stochastic models of large networks, financial mathematics, statistical models of production and transport systems, and risk and decision support modeling in conjunction with large technical systems. Innovative mathematical research addresses the ever changing needs of society directly in the form of contract research, and it also contributes indirectly by supporting advanced research in a variety of other technical disciplines.

In recent work, DIAM-TU Delft investigated methods to reduce the computational cost of power flow analysis in large scale power systems. By building upon expertise in iterative solution techniques, and by collaborating closely with the TU Delft Power Systems group, DIAM-TU Delft developed an ultra-fast Newton-Krylov power flow solver. Using this solver, the power flow in a network consisting of 1 million buses can now be calculated in less than 30 seconds on a modest modern workstation.

In future research, the DIAM-TU Delft group will look into accelerating traditional ways to perform contingency and transient power flow analysis, and in modeling hybrid transmission-distribution power grids.