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July 13 ZOOM Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on July 13, 2020 will be Dr. Leon Tolbert who will speak on the Reconfigurable Power Grid Emulator . The meeting will be on ZOOM starting at 11:55 AM.

When the power grid goes down, that is not the time to be reading by candlelight and trying to decide what to do.

Dr. Tolbert conducts research in utility applications of power electronics including microgrids, interface with renewable energy sources, medium voltage multilevel converters incorporating silicon carbide power devices, and electric vehicles.

This presentation will describe a power electronics based hardware testbed that can emulate an electric grid’s generation, loads, storage, and transmission network and perform several real-time scenarios while incorporating real measurement, control, communication, estimation, and actuation in the system.  The system can be used to represent faults, future grids with high levels of renewable penetration, and a multi-terminal HVDC overlay.  

Also, a brief introduction will be provided about the NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center headquartered at The University of Tennessee called CURENT (Center for Ultrawide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Network).  The goals of CURENT are to develop controls and technology that enable the integration of a high penetration level of renewables into the electric transmission network and to enable wide area monitoring, control, and actuation of the U.S. electric grid.  
Dr. Tolbert joined the University of Tennessee in 1999, and he is currently the Min H. Kao Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
He joined the Engineering Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1991. Dr. Tolbert was a recipient of the Technical Society Charles Ferris Faculty Award in 2019.
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Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:55am

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