Special ECE 590-I Seminar
WHEN: October 6, 2023
WHERE: ECEB 3013, 2 – 3:00 pm, Zoom Meeting ID: 835 8210 6940; Password: 649955
SPEAKER: Professor Pierluigi Mancarella, The University of Melbourne, Australia and The University of Manchester, UK
TITLE: "Challenges and Potential Solutions with Ultra-Deep Penetration of Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources: Experiences from the Australian “Real-World Lab”"
ABSTRACT: With deeper and deeper penetration levels of variable renewable energy sources (RES) and distributed energy resources (DER) across the world, new challenges in their grid and market integration are emerging. In this talk, we illustrate these challenges via real experiences from Australia using a techno-economic perspective and with focus on security requirements in the operations of power systems and markets in grids with ultra-deep penetration levels of RES and DER. We discuss several technical and commercial solutions and opportunities that are being deployed or considered, ranging from widespread adoption of large-scale batteries to the development of distributed energy marketplaces and the possibility to integrate electricity, gas, and hydrogen systems.
BIOGRAPHY: Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne (Australia) and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester (UK). His key research interests include techno-economic modelling and analysis of multi-energy systems, grid and market integration of renewables and distributed energy resources, energy infrastructure planning under uncertainty, and security, reliability and resilience of low-carbon networks.
Pierluigi is the Energy Systems programme leader at the Melbourne Energy Institute, a Fellow of the IEEE, an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, the Convenor of the Cigre C6/C2.34 Working Group on “Flexibility provision from distributed energy resources”, and the technical chair of the 2022 International Microgrids Symposium. He also holds the 2017 veski Innovation Fellowship for his work on urban-scale virtual power plants and is a recipient of an international Newton Prize 2018 for his work on power system resilience in Chile. Currently he is actively involved in research and consultancy projects with industry, policy makers and regulators in Australia and internationally, particularly in the areas of integrated planning of electricity-hydrogen infrastructure, development of distributed energy markets, and reliable and resilient planning of future energy systems.
Pierluigi is author of several books and over 400 research papers and reports. He is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of the Oxford Open Energy journal, and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation. He has been visiting researcher/professor in a number of international institutions, including NREL in Colorado, Tsinghua University in China, Ecole Centrale de Lille in France, and the Universidad de Chile.