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Reliability and Resilience in Low-carbon, Low-inertia Power Systems: New concepts, models, assessment frameworks, and experiences from the September 2016 “Black System” event in South Australia by Professor Pierluigi Mancarella

Power and Energy Society

The primary aim of this IEEE PES Distinguished Lecture is to discuss how, based on both technical and economic considerations, there is a need for introducing new analysis and modelling frameworks that are capable to securely deal with low-inertia system operation and make future low-carbon power systems more resilient to high-impact, low-probability events. The key desirable features of such frameworks will be presented, alongside a suite of modelling tools recently developed and relevant metrics that can support assessing risk and resilience of future systems.

The key question that will be asked is whether the system should be made “bigger” (e.g., making the system more redundant or robust, through investment into new transmission and generation asset, component hardening, etc.) or “smarter”.

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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