Electric Power and Energy Systems (EPES) Group Webinar Series with Murali Baggu: NREL Research in Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Data Enhanced Hierarchical Controls

Date(s) - 16 Mar 2021 until 16 Mar 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


This event will be held virtually.

Speaker: Murali Baggu, Laboratory Program Manager for Grid Integration at NREL

Title: NREL Research in Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Data Enhanced Hierarchical Controls

Abstract: This talk will introduce NREL’s research work in the Advanced Distribution Management (ADMS) area. NREL’s ADMS research helps utilities meet customer expectations of reliability, power quality, renewable energy use, data security, and resilience to natural disasters and other threats. Primary the talk will focus on The ADMS test bed capability at NREL. The ADMS test bed is a national, vendor-neutral effort funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Advanced Grid Research Program to accelerate industry development and the adoption of ADMS capabilities. The test bed enables utility partners, vendors, and researchers to evaluate existing and future ADMS, distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), and other utility management system applications in a realistic laboratory environment. The ADMS test bed is an evaluation platform that consists of software simulations of large-scale distribution systems and field equipment integrated through hardware-in-the-loop techniques that realistically represent a power distribution system to a commercial or pre-commercial ADMS. Later in the talk a use case of the test bed, Enhanced Control, Optimization, and Integration of Distributed Energy Applications (ECO-IDEA) funded DOE Solar Energy Technologies office through the Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) program will be presented in detail, a data-enhanced hierarchical control architecture that is a hybrid of centralized and distributed control approaches is developed and validated using the ADMS test bed in this use case. The architecture features an ADMS operation, with synergistic ADMS and grid-edge operations, the inclusion of PV fast-regulation capabilities, and comprehensive situational awareness. The focus of this use case is to demonstrate the effectiveness of a data-enhanced hierarchical control architecture to achieve various system-level control and operation objectives. NREL partnered with Xcel Energy, Schneider Electric, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Varentec to demonstrate the novel technology on an Xcel Energy feeder through simulations and field evaluation.

Bio: Dr. Murali Baggu is Laboratory Program Manager for Grid Integration at NREL. In this role, He leads the DOE Office of Electricity and Grid Modernization’s Initiatives’ (GMI) programs at NREL. He also currently leads the NREL GMI Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Puerto Rico Grid Recovery and Resilience efforts at NREL. He has extensive experience in advanced grid control and evaluation for future power systems with high penetrations of distributed energy resources. This includes ADMS, microgrid applications, and energy-storage applications. Before joining NREL he worked as a Lead Power Systems Engineer at GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, where he developed advanced Volt/VAR control and DER management algorithms. At GE, he also led the technology development and deployment of large-scale energy storage integration with photovoltaic systems for Department of Defense Marine Corps installations. He has four patents and several publications in these areas. His research interests include grid integration of renewables systems (wind and PV), energy storage system integration, distribution automation and grid operations and control. He has a Ph.D. in Power Engineering from Missouri S&T.

EPRC Host: Zhaoyu Wang

Webinar Link: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/98287167107?pwd=UjIyNFFtSnJLb0diWXEvVlYvQWNLZz09

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