Ben Kroposki, Director – Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Across the US, more states and electric utilities are setting 100% clean energy goals of which renewable technologies will be a major player. Variable renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) differ from conventional generation in that they use power electronic inverters instead of synchronous generators to connect to electric power grids. At small levels, the power grid can easily handle the integration of variable renewable energy. At much higher levels, there are a number of technical concerns that must be addressed to ensure reliable and economic operations. This presentation will discuss the challenges and solutions to operating power system with high levels of variable renewables and how power electronic interfaces can be used to solve some of these challenges.
Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 150 publications in these areas with over 8,700 citations. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration and is the recipient of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award. Dr. Kroposki is also an Adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado and teaches courses on integrating renewable energy into power systems.
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