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2011-2012 Colloquium Series: Joydeep Mitra

2011-2012 CSE Lecture Series


Date: Nov 4, 2011

Time: 2:00pm

Room: 1345 EB 

Microgrid Architecture: Reliable
Design and Autonomous Control

Joydeep Mitra

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

In recent years, distributed energy resources (DER) have been receiving increasing attention worldwide, as alternatives to centralized generation. It is speculated that over the next couple of decades the penetration of DERs will grow dramatically. The bulk of DERs will be integrated into existing distribution systems, with necessary upgrades, and today’s distribution systems will evolve into microgrids. Microgrids can potentially make electric power systems highly reliable and secure.

This presentation will discuss the tremendous potential of intelligent and autonomous microgrids as tomorrow’s energy delivery systems, and the need for cross-cutting research to enable this technology. The speaker will describe some of his contributions to microgrid architecture, in both reliability-centered design and autonomous control. He will present applications of both evolutionary and traditional methods in reliability-centered expansion planning. He will discuss his present work on autonomous control of microgrids and directions for future research on microgrid architecture, and share some of the challenges and opportunities in this emerging field.


About the speaker

Joydeep Mitra is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Senior Faculty Associate of the Institute of Public Utilities at MSU. Prior to his current appointment, he was Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Director of the Electric Utility Management Program at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. He received his B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Texas A&M University, College Station. Dr. Mitra’s experience includes five years in industry and eleven in academia. His research interests include power system planning and reliability, distributed energy resources, and cyber-physical energy systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, and electric utilities.