Distinguished Lecture with Vijay Vittal: Electricity and Water Do Mix: Interdependent Electric and Water Infrastructure Modeling, Optimization and Control


October 9, 2019    
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm


2222 Coover Hall
2520 Osborn Drive, Ames, Iowa, 50011-1046

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Speaker: Vijay Vittal, Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University

Title: Electricity and Water Do Mix: Interdependent Electric and Water Infrastructure Modeling, Optimization and Control

Abstract: The phrase water-energy nexus is commonly used to describe the inherent and critical interdependencies between the electric power system and the water delivery system (WDS). In this work, an analytical framework capturing the interactions between these two critical infrastructures is examined and a mathematical model to describe the associated dynamics is developed. Based on the time-scale of the associated dynamics, the electric network behavior is represented using time-series power flows following unit commitment and optimal power flow solutions. The WDS is represented using continuity equations at the delivery junction nodes and energy equations around the delivery loops and from tanks and reservoirs to the network. An integrated simulation engine of the interdependent infrastructure systems is formulated to conduct long-term simulations.  Test cases have been conducted to show the impact of mega droughts and electric supply disruptions on the two interdependent systems.

Bio: Vijay Vittal is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor at the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award, given by the U.S. President for his pioneering research. He formerly served as the director of Iowa State University’s Electric Power Research Center and authored multiple influential textbooks on power system analysis. He was elected as Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Fellow of IEEE . Vittal has received numerous awards from professional societies and from ISU, including the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award and the Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award, both from the Power and Energy Society of IEEE, and the ISU Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research.

ECpE Seminar Host: Ashfaq Khokhar