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PV-Rich Communities, Storage, and Flexibility: The Need for Distribution System Operators by Professor Pierluigi Mancarella

Power and Energy Society

PV-rich communities will pose significant technical and economic challenges to distribution networks – but also some opportunities. For this PV-rich future to thrive, more intelligent, flexible electricity networks – or Smart Grids – are likely to play an important role. If Smart Grids were to emerge, the traditional Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) needs to evolve into an engaged, flexible Distribution System Operator (DSO), where network elements and participants are actively managed to fulfil technical, economic, and environmental objectives.

This talk will present and discuss the challenges of PV-rich communities and the role of storage and other technologies in creating more flexibility at different scales. The DSO vision, potential future roles and the perceived challenges of the transition will also be presented and discussed.

About the Speaker

Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and part-time Professor of Smart Energy Systems at the University of Manchester, UK.

Pierluigi obtained the PhD degree in Electrical Energy Systems from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and later held Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK and visiting research positions at Sintef/NTNU in Norway and NREL in Colorado. He also held visiting professorships at Ecole Centrale de Lille in France and the Universidad de Chile.

Pierluigi has been involved in/led, in the last 10 years, some 50 research projects, consultancy and professional activities in the UK, Europe and Australia. He areas of interests are techno-economics of smart grid technologies and distributed energy systems, risk and resilience assessment of future networks, integrated multi-energy systems modelling, and energy infrastructure investment under uncertainty.

Pierluigi is an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, and the past Chair of the Energy Working Group of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative.

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