Electric Energy Networks – Engineered Systems in Transition

The area of electric energy processing, which includes power electronics, electric drives and power systems, is at a crossroad. Its challenges are both external (contribution to climate change, nonfunctional markets) and internal (inability to integrate renewable sources and efficient loads).

The promise of energy processing comes from a growing array of potentially transformative technologies that currently exist in power electronics, distributed sensing, and cyber-physical control systems. Other supporting technologies, such as battery storage, distributed public ledgers (a.k.a. blockchain), and Internet of Things, stand at the cusp of advancement that could radically change the long-standing assumptions regarding feasible system architectures.

The first part of the talk will review available energy technologies, and outline salient features of the existing energy systems. The second part of the talk will present a more personal view, and introduce the dynamic phasor approach to modeling and analysis of transients in electric energy systems. The third and final part of the talk will outline desirable future developments in energy systems with an emphasis on control architectures and integration with other infrastructural systems.



Aleksandar M. Stankovic obtained the Dipl. Ing. Degree from the University of Belgrade,Yugoslavia in 1982, the M.S. degree from the same institution in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993, all in electrical engineering. He serves as the A.H. Howell Professor at Tufts University; he was with Northeastern University, Boston 1993-2010. He is a Fellow of IEEE and serves as an Associate Editor for Annual Reviews in Control. He previously served IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, on Smart Grid and on Control System Technology in the same capacity (1996-2018). He has held visiting positions at the United Technologies Research Center (sabbaticals in 2000 and 2007) and at L'Universite de Paris-Sud and Supelec (in 2004). He is a co-editor of book series on Power Electronics and Power Systems for Springer.



Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm
Kellogg Room, E-Lab 2