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Steps toward a wide-area protection system for Power Grids

Khoi Vu
Power Technology Department
ABB US Corporate Research Center

Abstract
As it becomes difficult to install new transmission equipment, power-grid owners and operators are relying more on the use of information technology (IT) for better utilization of their existing assets. Proper implementation plans will lead to controls that allow for much more flexible grid operations than those available today. This presentation covers the philosophy (central vs. local) of designing an IT infrastructure for monitoring, control and protection of the power grid. It also covers the practicalities of implementing and testing of smart algorithms. Speaker: Khoi Vu (M) received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has been with ABB Corporate Research since 1993, and works in wide-area protection, protective-relay algorithms, power quality, energy markets, demand response, and power-system analysis.

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