Dr Benjamin Kroposki: Integrating Ultra-high Levels of Variable Renewables in Electric Power Systems

Room G06, Level G,
Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Building 134),
Spencer Road
The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010

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Chloe Mumford


Dr Benjamin Kroposki, Director of the Power Systems Engineering Centre at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be speaking on variable renewables in electric power systems.

Variable renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) differ from conventional generation in that they use power electronic converters instead of synchronous generators to connect to electric power grids. At small levels, the power grid can easily handle the integration of variable renewable energy. At much higher levels, there are a number of technical concerns that must be addressed to ensure reliable and economic operations. This presentation will discuss the challenges and solutions to operating power system with high levels of variable renewables and how power electronic interfaces can be used to solve some of these challenges.

Date: Tuesday 12 November

Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm

Location: Elisabeth Murdoch (G06), Level G, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Building 134), Spencer Street, Parkville, The University of Melbourne

Speaker bio:

Benjamin Kroposki, PhD, PE, IEEE Fellow

Director – Power Systems Engineering Center,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr Benjamin Kroposki

Dr. Benjamin Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. As Center Director, he manages a staff of over 100 engineers and scientist conducting research on power system devices and systems, sensing, measurement, and forecasting, operations and control, power system design and planning studies, and security and resiliency. This work covers bulk-power systems, distribution systems, microgrids, and home energy management systems.

He has over 25 years of experience in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 135 publications in these areas with over 5,400 citations. Dr. Kroposki received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. He has served on a number of IEEE technical standards working groups including IEEE 1547 - IEEE Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems.

He also chaired IEEE 1547.4 - Guide for Design and Operations of Intentional Electrical Islands with Distributed Energy Resources, the first international standard on microgrid design and operations. Dr. Kroposki has served as Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids. He was a founding Editor of IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics and currently serves on the Editorial Board of IEEE Power and Energy Magazine.

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