The Changing Energy Landscape: The Role of Consumer Participation
The landscape in which we generate, deliver, and use energy is changing. How can we affordably integrate component technologies and reliably manage the emerging highly heterogenous, uncertain, and distributed electrical energy infrastructure? The focus of the talk is on the role of consumer participation in search for answers to this question. First, I discuss our recent results on distributed coordination of electric vehicle charging. Then, I move to control of responsive loads as virtual ancillary service providers. I conclude with an outlook on some open issues with a bias toward those from my research.
Ufuk Topcu is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is on the analysis, design, and verification of networked, information-based systems. Current projects are in autonomy, advanced air vehicle architectures, and energy networks. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology between 2008 and 2012.