Connectivity In The Smart Grid For The Integration Of Renewables In Saudi Arabia
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Professor Saifur Rahman is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech University. In this keynote lecture, he will talk about how the electric utility has to evolve to make the integration of sustainable energy sources possible in Saudi Arabia. With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners look at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their challenges - primarily intermittency. While Saudi Arabia has abundant sunshine throughout the year, dust storms cause significant solar output variations due to lack of sunshine and dust cover on solar panels. It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing, and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage, and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable large-scale integration of distributed generation. In a smart grid, information about the grid's state and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks. Therefore, it will be possible to integrate sustainable energy sources, such as wind, solar, off-shore electricity, etc. for smoother system operation. But for this to be possible, the electric utility will have to evolve and change its operation methods to become an intelligent provider of these services. This keynote lecture introduces renewable energy sources' operational characteristics and various aspects of the smart grid - technology, standards, and regulations. It also addresses the interplay among distributed generation, storage, and conventional generation to provide an efficient operational strategy in the smart grid context.Speaker Bio
Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 150 journal papers and has made over six hundred conferences and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society. He has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.