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Colloquium: Big data and power grids, learning from the former in order to sustain the future of the latter

Friday, April 6, 2012 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
University of Vermont

The steady increase of renewable sources of energy being incorporated into electric power infrastructure, together with the market deregulation during recent years, put pressure on “The Grid” to consistently function near high-risk operation points. The fact that the frequency of large blackouts is not decreasing constitutes evidence for this criticality. Therefore, even though one of the objectives of engineers and policy makers is to achieve sustainability and mitigate climate change, we may be compromising another important factor, the security of the system. In this talk, we will discuss methods to assess the vulnerability of electric power infrastructure. In particular, we will evaluate the risk of high-impact, low-probability events. In order to attain this goal in an efficient and timely manner regarding system operator response, we will present approaches that leverage information from big data sources (such as synchrophasor time series) while exploiting the parallel nature of modern computer architectures.

Additional information: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/colloquium-series 

Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1 541 737 3617
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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