University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

Distributed Control and Optimization for High-Penetration Distribution Networks

Date: 2017-09-01           Add to Google Calendar
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Holmes Hall 389
Speaker: Dr. Zhihua Qu, University of Central Florida


In order to operate power systems reliably and securely with extremely high penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs), it is imperative to develop, demonstrate and implement modular and scalable technologies that enable advanced distribution operation and control functions in distribution networks. In this talk, distributed algorithms are presented for DER clustering, self-organizing neg-generation control, frequency control, volt-VAR optimization toward a uniform voltage profile, and data-driven controls. By employing these algorithms in real-time operation and control, integration of DERs and demand response functions becomes plug-and-play in a large scale distribution network. Dynamic analysis as well as integration of distributed control and wide area control will also be outlined.

Biography Information:

Dr. Qu received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in June 1990. Since then, he has been with the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is Pegasus Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the PI and Director of DoE funded FEEDER center, and SAIC Endowed Professor at UCF. He is the author of several books, including Robust Control of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems by John Wiley & Sons (1998) and Cooperative Control of Dynamical Systems by Springer Verlag (2009). Dr. Qu is serving on the board of ECEDHA, and is an Associate Editor for Automatica and IEEE ACCESS. Currently, he also serves as the chair of IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Smart Grid. he is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.