2013 -14 Seminars
Electric Power Flow Control: New Technologies and the Quantification of their ValueTim Heidel
ARPA-E’s GENI (Green Electricity Network Integration) program, launched in 2011, focuses on enabling ubiquitous power flow control in the grid as a means to improve the flexibility, efficiency, and security of the U.S. power delivery system. The program is funding 15 research projects, equally divided between "hardware" and "software" innovations. The hardware projects are developing a new generation of extremely low cost grid power flow control devices that utilize new circuit topologies, control strategies, and recent advances in power electronics. The software projects are directed at enabling more optim! al operation of power transmission networks. This talk will give an overview of the ARPA-E GENI program and also discuss the need for more comprehensive studies on the full range of benefits that power flow control could enable (including consideration of market and regulatory impacts).