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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

SmartGrid Seminar: Sean Meyn, Zero Marginal Cost Power Grid

April 28, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Y2E2 RM 300
Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
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Talk Abstract: The talk will focus on research at Florida/Inria on harnessing flexible loads to create virtual storage. The goal is to address volatility from high penetration of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It is argued that these resources come at essentially zero marginal cost, which is a major barrier to innovation. Solutions to this dilemma will be proposed; it is hoped that this will lead to constructive debate — especially in view of CAISO’s current debates on the future of DSM.

Based on joint research with Profs. Ana Busic and Prabir Barooah

Bio: Sean Meyn received the B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1987 (with Prof. P. Caines, McGill University). He is now Professor and Robert C. Pittman Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, director of the Laboratory for Cognition & Control, and director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy. His academic research interests include stochastic processes, optimization, and information theory. For the past ten years his applied research has focused on engineering, markets, and policy in energy markets.

We invite you to join us in this quarter’s Stanford SmartGrid Seminar. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, scheduled to be held on Thursdays at 1:30, with speakers from academic institutions and industry.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.