PEC 2023 Preliminary Program

2023 Annual Conference Power and Energy Center

Preliminary Program

Thursday, April 06

 In-Person  Virtual

Hybrid Format

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April 03-06, Virginia Tech Joint Annual Conference CPES-PEC

VT Power and Energy Center Program (Eastern Daylight Time) IN-PERSON VIRTUAL

Whittemore Hall, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Engagez Platform

08:30 am - 09:00 am Breakfast

09:00 am - 09:15 am (Room 457 A/B) Welcome and Opening Remarks 09:15 am - 10:30 am (Room 457 A/B)

09:00 am - 09:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Session

Keynote Session

10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Room 457 A/B)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Industry Panel Session

Industry Panel Session

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch Break

12:30 pm - 01:30 pm (Room 419)

12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

Student Poster Session 01:30 pm - 02:30 pm (Room 419 and 621)

Student Showcase Video Session

01:30 pm - 02:45 pm

Lab Demonstration Session

Pre-recorded Demo Session

02:45 pm - 04:00 pm (Room 457 A/B)

02:45 pm - 04:00 pm

Student Presentation Session

Student Presentation Session

04:00 pm - 05:15 pm (Room 457 A/B)

04:00 pm – 05:15 pm

Joint CPES-PEC Session

Joint CPES-PEC Session

05:15 pm - 05:30 pm Closing

KEYNOTE SESSION (Moderator: Dr. Chen-Ching Liu)



9:15 am - 10:30 am

9:15 am - 10:30 am Engagez Platform

Room 457 A/B, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus


Dr. Kevin P. Schneider Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Topic: Architecting the Grid Edge to Ensure a Reliable and Resilient Electrical Infrastructure Abstract: The nation’s electrical infrastructure has been evolving since the first central power plant went into operation in 1882. Changes in technology, customer needs, and regulatory policy drove the transition from small isolated systems, through regional consolidation, to the

continent spanning interconnected system that currently supports the nation, and those changes continue today. Technological advancements have enabled local generation, advanced sensing and controls, and new operating strategies. Customers’ expectations and level of engagement are expanding from energy delivery to the ability to be an active participant. Business models and regulatory structures are changing to reflect these new interactions. A major outcome of these driving forces is that a system that once operated with a centralized approach, is having to adapt to the changing role of the “grid edge”. As the grid edge becomes a more active portion of the system, it will be essential to coordinate it with the bulk power system to ensure reliable, efficiency, cost-effective, and safe operations under normal and abnormal conditions. Bio: Kevin P. Schneider received his B.S. degree in Physics and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. His main areas of research are distribution system analysis and power system operations. He is currently a Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sub-Sector Manager for Office of Electricity, and a Research Professor at Washington State University as part of the PNNL/WSU Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). Dr. Schneider is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington and a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington State. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, past chair of the Power & Energy Society (PES) Distribution System Analysis (DSA) Sub-Committee, and the past Chair of the Analytic Methods for Power Systems (AMPS) Committee.


Dr. Ben Kroposki Director - Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Topic: The Need for Grid-forming Inverters in Electric Power Systems Abstract: As the prices of variable renewables such as wind and solar continue to decline, these technologies will start to make up increasingly larger parts of the clean energy portfolio. Wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have two characteristics that make them different from

conventional generation. First is that their output is variable and depends on the local solar and wind resource availability; the other is that these technologies are based on inverters to interconnect to the power grid instead of synchronous generators used in conventional power plants. At all timescales, it is important to maintain stable and reliable grid operations. With the increasing use of inverter-based resources and reduction in the use of synchronous generation there are a variety of technical challenges that must be overcome. These include: operational stability, protection system coordination, blackstart capability, and power system harmonics and oscillations. Most of these issues can be addressed by adapting the control algorithms used in the inverter to provide a range of essential grid reliability services and by using the grid-forming inverter technology. For the most part, existing wind and solar PV are using grid-following inverters that require a grid voltage to be synchronized. As the levels of inverter-based resources rise, there is a need for grid-forming inverter technologies to provide overall grid stability functions for the grid. These grid-forming inverters will be needed at very high levels of wind and solar deployments. There are also a variety of solutions to address the variability and uncertainty of wind and solar resources such as increasing grid flexibility to accommodate the changes in power output. These methods for increasing system flexibility include: improved grid operations and renewable forecasting, improved flexibility and ramping capability of the conventional generators, expanded transmission systems, demand response and load control, and energy storage. As we transition to 100% clean electricity grids, there are still a number of technical challenges that need to be addressed. This presentation will discuss these challenges and talk about solutions that provide a pathway to achieve 100% clean energy systems. Bio: 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 10,000 citations. Dr. Kroposki received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Kroposki is the recipient

of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of developing, utilizing and integrating renewable energy resources in the national and global energy scenarios. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. 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. Dr. Kroposki serves as the organizational director for the Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters (UNIFI) consortium tackling the challenges with seamless integration of inverter-based resources and synchronous machines in all power systems.




10:30 am - 12:00 pm

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Engagez Platform

Room 457 A/B, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus


1. Dr. Marta Marmiroli

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Topic: Integration of Distributed Resources Utilizing Virtual Power Plants Bio: Born and grow in Italy, after a period of study at Tokyo University she joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in the 1997 working mainly on power market design and market supporting software. In 2008, she received the Ph.D. degree from Waseda University in Energy and Environment. Her research interests include power system planning and energy economics. 2. Mr. Robert Carritte MPR Associates Topic: Energy Transitions – Innovation and the Needs for Deep Understanding Bio: Robert Carritte is an electric power engineer with Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He also earned a Master of Engineering degree in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Mr. Carritte is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE). Mr. Carritte is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics

Engineers (IEEE) and the current chairman of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Supplier Participant Advisory Committee. For the last 35 years, Mr. Carritte has worked for MPR Associates, a mid-size engineering firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. At MPR, he has worked on a wide range of technically challenging engineering projects involving different types of facilities and technologies, including nuclear, coal, and gas fired power plants; large scale wind farms; high voltage switchyards, substations, and transmission lines; LNG facilities; petrochemical and steel facilities; and naval vessels. Since 2016, Mr. Carritte has served as a Principal Officer of MPR. In that role, he is responsible for defining and communicating a vision and direction for the business enterprise, one that provides opportunities for growth in a sustainable manner consistent with the company’s culture and values. 3. Dr. Calvin Zhang Eaton Corporation Topic: Technologies to Enable Distributed Energy Resources at the Grid Edge Bio: Liuxi (Calvin) Zhang, Ph.D., is Global Technology Director in Eaton Corporation, leading Eaton’s global Energy Systems Research organization reporting directly to EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Calvin is responsible for leading a global team of scientists and engineers and providing strategic direction in the field of Energy Systems Management (including Renewable and DER integration, Microgrid, Grid and Cyber Resiliency, as well as Transportation Electrification). In this role, Calvin manages strategic relationships with external customers, internal and external ecosystems to develop and implement technology and commercial strategies, and translate them into solutions across various applications and markets. Prior to joining Eaton, Calvin was with Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd)/Exelon, as Senior Manager of

Distribution Engineering, and Senior Manager of Smart Grid and Innovation, leading teams to develop smart grid strategy and roadmap, identify and evaluate emerging technologies, and manage demonstration projects. It includes several DOE funded projects, such as Bronzeville Community Microgrid. Prior to ComEd, Calvin worked with Nexant Inc. as Senior Distribution Systems Engineer, leading research, software development and product management for ADMS/DERMS applications. Calvin was awarded his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, USA. Calvin is IEEE Senior Member. He is Co-Chair for the 2023 IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies Conference and Exposition. He also serves IEEE PES Long Range Planning Committee (LRP).

STUDENT POSTER SESSION (Moderator: Chensen Qi)



Student Showcase Video 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Engagez Platform

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Room 419, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus


IN-PERSON 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Pre-recorded Demo 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Engagez Platform

Room 419 and Room 621, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus


IN-PERSON 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Engagez Platform

Room 457 A/B, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus

JOINT CPES-PEC SESSION (Moderator: Imtiaj Khan)

IN-PERSON 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Engagez Platform

Room 457 A/B, Whittemore Hall Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus

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