Brown University School of Engineering

IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Meeting, Providence Chapter

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Babak Enayati, Ph.D., Lead R&D Engineer for National Grid, will present a talk: "Integrating Solar and Wind to the Grid: Challenges and Standards." Abstract: Solar panels and wind turbines are examples of “Distributed Energy Resources” or DERs.These renewable sources usually connect to the existing electrical grid to get their power to consumers. This interconnection poses many technical problems before it can become a reliable economical supply of electricity. In order to ensure a stable grid, it is necessary to adhere to appropriate interconnection standards. The IEEE standard 1547 governs interconnecting DERs of 10 Megawatts or less to the grid. It takes about 15,000 solar panels 9ft x 3ft each to generate this amount of power on a really sunny day. With the rapid increase in DER interconnections with the Electric Power System, the IEEE 1547 standard is going through a major re- vision to address some of the technical issues associated with high penetration of DERs (e.g.grid support functionalities, etc). The participants will learn about the major changes to the IEEE 1547 e.g. voltage regulation, response to abnormal system conditions, voltage and frequency ride through, power quality, islanding, interoperability, etc. The participants will also learn about the utility concerns/solutions about adopting the revised IEEE 1547 standard. Biography: Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and the IEEE PES Governing Board Member‐At‐Large. Babak is the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems.