Bits & Watts’ Smart Grid Seminar provides experts from academia, startups, research institutes, and large corporations to familiarize seminar participants with current challenges and advances in grid data analytics, economics, market design, battery storage, electrified transportation, power electronics, renewable energy. The seminar series is open to Stanford students, as a 1 unit seminar course (CEE 272T/EE292T).
Topic: CURENT Large-Scale Testbed (LTB) as a Virtual Power Grid for Closed-Loop Controls in Research and Testing
Speaker: Fangxing Li, from University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Seminar Abstract:The objective of the Large-scale Test Bed (LTB) project in the CURENT research center is to develop a comprehensive integrated software platform as a virtual power grid that continuously simulates a large-scale power system with monitoring, control, communication, and visualization capabilities. As a closed-loop testing platform and driver of research, LTB can validate and verify new models and controls developed by power system researchers, since LTB provides fast prototyping of new models and grid infrastructures, direct access to simulation and measurement data, and instant feedback of the wide-area control signals. In addition, a virtual control room has been established in the CURENT research center as the facility to demonstrate in the LTB. In this presentation, the motivation of LTB will be discussed. Then, the software architecture and data interfaces, and integration with other external tools and research modules will be discussed. Finally, demonstrative case studies will be presented, followed by remarks on interactions with other thrusts in CURENT and broad impacts to the power system research community. The CURENT LTB is a winner of the 2020 R&D 100 Award.
Speaker Bio: Professor Fangxing “Fran” Li received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 2001. He had worked at ABB Consulting in Raleigh, NC as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer from 2001 to 2005. He has been a faculty member at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) since 2005. Currently, he is the James McConnell Professor in electrical engineering at UTK and the Campus Director of CURENT, a NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center headquartered at UTK. His research interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, power markets, power system control, and power system computing.
Professor Li is the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy (OAJPE) and the Chair of IEEE Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) committee. He has been the project lead of the CURENT Large-scale Test Bed (LTB) which received the R&D 100 Award in 2020. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
Seminar is open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff. Register via the RSVP link.