Room 200 HECC (Harrington Education Center)
Dr. M. Kezunovic
After 130 years of development, power systems are at cross roads. The originally envisioned concept of centralized bulk generation, backbone transmission system, radial distribution system and passive load does not seem to be cost-effective and flexible enough to meet the needs in the future. The highly variable renewable sources, heavily utilized transmission, distribution with bidirectional flows and loads/microgrids that can act as a resource are recognizable trends for the future.
This talk will reflect on new developments in the electricity grid that are driven by technical, economic, social, behavioral and policy factors. The driving force for the grid development in the next century is the need to make grid operation more flexible, reliable, and secure. This requires next generation of cyberphysical systems to be developed and implemented. Main features of the design of such systems will be scalability, interoperability and flexibility. The requirements for integration of cyberphysical solutions to provide high performance computing, extensive data mining, distributed processing, adaptive (agile) architecture, and reliable communications will be discussed. The standardization and interoperability will allow such new developments to succeed, so they are emphasized.
BIO: Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is a Eugene E. Webb endowed Professor at Texas A&M University where he was employed since 1986. Dr. Kezunovic serves several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He also acts as the Principal Consultant, as well as President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, which has been providing consulting services for utility industry for over 20 years. He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on developing the first all-digital substation design during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He was a consultant for EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999-2000 and held a Visiting Professor position at the University of Hong Kong in fall of 2009. He also acted as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide, and served two terms (2009-2013) as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities.
Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published more than 450 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow, and Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.