Virtual Distinguished Lecture with Joe Chow


April 6, 2022    
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Event Type

Headshot Photo of Joe ChowSpeaker: Joe Chow, Institute Professor and Director, Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Title: Enabling Converter Resource Control in Power Systems with High Renewable Penetration

Abstract: This talk will discuss the need for additional converter control when power systems are operating with high (over 50%) converter-based renewable generation.  Traditional synchronous generator controls are set to handle transient, voltage, damping, and frequency stability issues arising from contingencies.  With the anticipated retirement of many steam units and replacement by increased proportion of renewable resources, the total system inertia and synchronizing torque will be decreased, affecting power system stability properties and increasing the likelihood of cascading blackouts.

The focus of this talk is to discuss approaches to enable more responsive control of renewable resources to not only recover, but also improve the system stability properties such that system reliability can be maintained under high renewable penetration.  One of the added benefits is that with improved control of renewable resources, additional power transfer may be achieved without building new transmission system infrastructure. In addition, electromechanical wave propagation in systems with converters will be discussed, together with control designs that can slow down the propagation speed.

Bio: Joe Chow is Institute Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a fellow of IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. His research interests include power system dynamics and control, synchronized phasor measurements and integration of renewable resources.  He is the author and co-authors of several books, including a recent Wiley textbook, entitled “Power System Modeling, Computation, and Control.”

Seminar Host: Hugo Villegas Pico

Webinar Link:  Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to start or join.
Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 928 6384 5933 and password: 541581

Join from dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 928 6384 5933
Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
International numbers available: