Electric Power Grid Reliability and Stability: Challenges and Solutions

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Throughout the world, the reliability of a nation’s electric power grid is critical to societal health. Many compounding challenges are resulting in new struggles for maintaining the reliability of many grids, including those in the United States. These challenges, among others, include increased transmission loading coupled with higher renewable generation. In some cases, traditional engineering methods fail to address these new challenges. However, new fun69damental technologies provide power engineers with new cost-effective approaches. These technologies include GPS timing, high-bandwidth and high-speed communication, and high-current power electronics. This talk will describe, at a non-technical level, these challenges and potential solutions.

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Dan Trudnowski is a professor of electrical engineering (EE) at Montana Tech, head of the EE Department, and Interim Dean of the School of Mines and Engineering. After earning his B.S. in engineering science at Montana Tech, Dan completed his MS and Ph.D. at MSU-Bozeman in EE. He spent 5 years as a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest, before joining Montana Tech’s faculty. At Montana Tech, Dr. Trudnowski has advised over 20 graduate students, acquired over $3 million in research grants, authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications, received professional recognition as an IEEE Fellow, and shared a prestigious R&D 100 Award in 2017 for developing an innovative and effective approach to control major oscillations in the electric power grid.