Transmission, Reliability & Stability: Challenges & Solutions
The North American electric power grid faces challenges that include: increased power demand; higher penetration of uncontrolled generation (e.g., renewables); and increased difficulty of permitting new transmission infrastructure. The engineering impact of these challenges is the reduction in system reliability due to unstable system responses. The traditional solution to improve grid reliability is to build more transmission paths; but, with the challenge of permitting, very little infrastructure is being constructed. Two new technologies provide opportunities for improving system reliability without major new infrastructure: fast-reacting high-current converters; and, time-synchronized measurements. Dr. Trudnowski will discuss how these technologies can be used to improve grid reliability and provide examples from the western North American power grid.
Trudnowski, Dan, "Transmission, Reliability & Stability: Challenges & Solutions" (2015). Public Lecture Series. 52.