I had an opportunity to attend and speak at one of the foremost academic workshops on the future of the smart grid. The workshop was held at Texas A&M University (TAMU) on April 28, hosted by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, a Eugene E. Webb Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Director of the TAMU Smart Grid Center.
The theme of this year’s Smart Grid Workshop was big data for the smart grid and on how all types of big data can be utilized in the smart grid of tomorrow. There were very interesting presentations and panel discussions by distinguished members of the academic community, government agencies (DOE, NREL), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and various people representing industry.
Topics included the latest research on modeling and analytics, outage minimization, customer data privacy, geospatial visualization as an emerging tool for outage management, microgrids, and the role of phasor
measurement unit (PMU) data as decision support for wide area stability/microgrid effectiveness.
While the domain experts offered valuable insights on how the smart grid can be taken to a new level, Dr. Kezunovic’s goal for the workshop was to maximize audience participation, so that audience members could ask questions and foster discussions on particular challenges they are currently facing. This workshop is held annually, with the specific focus changing every year.
I am looking forward to attending next year. A more detailed summary of the workshop is available from the Texas A&M web site: http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/05/fourth-smart-grid-workshop-focuses-on-smart-grids-big-data