Talk: Energy Storage – Recent Studies and Implementation Projects in the US

We would like to bring your attention to the following upcoming event organised by the University of Birmingham and sponsored by Birmingham Energy Institute and the IEEE UK & Ireland PES Chapter.

Event: Energy Storage – Recent Studies and Implementation Projects in the US

Host: Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, University of Birmingham

Organisers: Birmingham Energy Institute and the IEEE UK & Ireland PES Chapter

Speaker: Professor Dan M. Ionel, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow, Professor and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power University of Kentucky

Address: Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Gisbert Kapp Building, 52 Pritchatts Road, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2SA, UK.

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Energy storage benefits of growing interest in the US both at the generation and transmission utility level, as well as for the smart grid distribution system. Major national initiatives led by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, national laboratories, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will be reviewed. The second part of the presentation will be devoted to two projects conducted by the presenter and his research group. One of the projects, which benefited of initial support from large system integrators and OEMs: Johnson Controls, Eaton, AO Smith, and S&C, combines the modeling of buildings and districts, including the integrated flow of electricity, natural gas, and water, with energy management systems and the capabilities of distributed energy storage. It is shown that for optimal system configurations and variable electricity rates, the use of batteries connected to a group of buildings, may be advantageous. A second project is associated with a large 1MW 2MWhr Li-ion battery field demonstrator, organized by EPRI and LG&E/KU, Kentucky’s largest power utility. The study combines advanced simulation and practical hardware implementation on a power plant site, in order to demonstrate benefits for power system functionality, such as frequency regulation, and for minimizing the impact of renewable energy resource variability in the integration with a 10MW solar PV power plant.

Speaker’s biography:

Dan M. Ionel is Professor of Electrical Engineering and the L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, where he also serves as Director of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky, PEIK, and of the SPARK Laboratory. He previously worked in industry, most recently as Chief Engineer for Regal Beloit Corp., and, before that, as the Chief Scientist for Vestas Wind Turbines. Concurrently with his industrial appointments, Professor Ionel also served as Visiting and Research Professor at University of Wisconsin and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He contributed to technology developments with long lasting industrial impact, including US’ most successful range of PM motor drives and the world’s most powerful wind turbine. He published more than one hundred and fifty technical papers, including three winners of IEEE Best Paper Award, and holds more than thirty patents, including a medal winner at the Geneva Invention Fair. He is a co-author and co-editor of the book “Renewable Energy Devices and Systems – Simulations with Matlab and ANSYS” published by CRC Press in May 2017. Professor Ionel received the MEng and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania. His doctoral program included a Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship at the University of Bath, UK. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the SPEED Laboratory, University of Glasgow, UK. An IEEE Fellow, he was the inaugural Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee, General Chair of the IEEE 2017 IEMDC Conference, and Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal.

Event registration:

This is a free to attend event, but event registration is required for admission.

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Directions and car park:

Please use the University Maps and Directions page to guide you to the University campus by different methods of transport.

The Department is building No G8 on the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus map (PDF 1.2MB). It is located at the north east end of the main campus of the University of Birmingham (also called the Gisbert Kapp Building) at 52 Pritchatts Road.

If you are travelling by car, please use the North East Car Park(access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA

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