Talks
Spring 2018

The Flow of Information

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 1:30 pm3:00 pm PST

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Calvin Lab Auditorium

The morning lectures by Prof Low cover power grid operations today, with discussion devoted to several "information signals,”  measured in units of volts, vars, frequency, megawatts, and megawatt-hours.  Regarding the user of electricity (such as a typical member of the audience),  what units are most important in terms of quality of life?  Once we grasp the answer, we can consider how to make a more resilient grid, even with the introduction of significant volatile energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind generation.

The talk will proceed with a short survey of the remarkable robust distributed control architecture that is commonplace today, and new distributed control architectures of the future.   A few words will be devoted to the "fallacy of price signals,"  leading to the final lecture by Prof Poolla.

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