Oregon State University



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Colloquium: Exploiting Flexible Loads for Renewable Integration

Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Borhan M. Sanandaji, Postdoctoral Scholar
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department
University of California, Berkeley

Vast and deep integration of renewable energy resources into the existing power grid is essential in achieving the envisioned sustainable energy future. Many countries around the globe as well as many states in the U.S. have set up aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs). The state of California, as an example, has targeted a 33% RPS by 2020. Volatility, stochasticity, and intermittency characteristics of renewable energies, however, present a challenge for integrating these resources into the existing grid in a large scale as the proper functioning of an electric grid requires an instantaneous and continuous power balance between supply and demand. In this talk, we see how the demand-side flexibility can be used to match random supply. In particular, we show that the thermal storage potential of a collection of Thermostatically Controlled Loads (TCLs) (such as residential air conditioners) can be modeled as a battery and can be leveraged for enabling a deep penetration of renewable energy resources.

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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