Renewable Energy Integration Poster Sessions: Presented by Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)

  • Room: Upper Level Corridor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM



Students from across the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) network will showcase their research on power systems, smart grid and distributed technology topics in a poster session that will run for the duration of the conference. Over 40 posters will be on display on the Upper Level of the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, January 31 to Thursday, February 2. Students will be on-hand to discuss their posters at the following times:

Tuesday, January 31, 12:30-1:30PM and 2:30-3:30PM
Wednesday, February 1, 9:00-10:00 AM, 1:30-2:30PM and 4:30-5:30PM 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and administered with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), GEARED is preparing the current and next generation workforce of power systems engineers specifically to work with high penetrations of solar electricity and other distributed technologies onto the grid. GEARED students work with their peers, faculty, utility and industry professionals to bring innovative solutions to power system challenges associated with the evolving smart grid. DistribuTECH offers a unique opportunity for students and utilities to interact as GEARED students represent the future power systems workforce. 

GEARED is made up of three training consortiums consisting of university, utility and industry partners, in addition to IREC.

Below are the poster session presenters:

Markets and Cyber Security

     1.Risk-Based Dynamic Security Assessment in the Future Electricity Grid

Sohom Datta, Dr. Vijay Vittal – Arizona State University

2.An Io T-based Market Framework for Demand Response in Smart Grids

Mahdi Motalleb, Matsu Thornton, Holm Smidt, Reza Ghorbani – University of Hawaii at Manoa

3.Towards Resilient, Cyber-Enabled Electric Energy and Water Infrastructures: Combined Time-Domain Simulations Utilizing Network Optimization and Control

Scott Zuloaga, Puneet Khatavkar, Beibei Liu, Dr. Vijay Vittal, Dr. Junshan Zhang, Dr. Larry Mays -  Arizona State University

4.Resilient Power System Restoration Using Network Science Approach

Prabin Baidya, Wei Sun – University of Central Florida


      5.The Value of Reliability for Microgrids

Ryan Hanna, David Victor, Vahid Raousli Disfani, Jan Kleissl,– University of California, San Diego

6.Development of Residential Microgrid in Matlab Simulink

Allison Cameron, Dr. Darshit Shah, Dr. Anitha Subburaj – West Texas A&M University

7.An Integrated PV/Battery for EV Charging in a Microgrid Topology

Laura Novoa, Jack Brouwer, Scott Samuelsen – University of California, Irvine

8.Real-time Simulation of a Utility Microgrid

Katelyn Riehl, Matt Backes, Prosper Panupabi, Hao Liu – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

9.Developing a Microgrid Ontology for Cyber Security Assessment

Matt Backes1, Ken Keefe1, Al Valdes2 – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2) Information Trust Institute


Distributed Automation and Distribution Modeling

      10.Optimization-based Residential Load Scheduling to Improve Reliability in the Distribution Grid

Abdulelah H. Habib, Elizabeth L Ratnam, Vahid R. Disfani, Jan Kleissl, Raymond A. de Callafon – University of California, San Diego

11.Distribution System Model Segmentation and Simplification

Andrew Reiman, Dr. Thomas McDermott, Dr. Gregory Reed, Dr. Murat Akcakaya – University of Pittsburgh

12.OpenDSS Model for Analysis of Photovoltaic Inverter Transients

Santino Graziani, Laura Wieserman, Dr. Thomas McDermott, Dr. Zhi-Hong Mao – University of Pittsburgh

13.Power Distribution System Equipment Failure Identification Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Milad Doostan, Dr. Badrul Chowdhury – University of North Carolina, Charlotte

14.Smart Enterprise Energy Management System Under Real-Time Pricing and Demand Response

Juan Ospina1, Alvi Newaj1, Omar Faruque1, Rick Meeker2, Emmanuel Collins1, Griffin Francis1, Nikhil Gupta1 – 1) Florida State University, 2) Nhu Energy

15.Analysis of Conservation Voltage Reduction by Var Injection of a Utility, Distribution Feeder in OpenDSS

Crystal Eppinger – Portland State University

16.State Estimation for Electric Power Distribution Systems Using AMI Data

Yuanqi Gao, Nanpeng Yu – University of California, Riverside

17.Dynamic modeling of Distribution Network Systems with Distribution Generator Inverters

Ramakrishnan Venkatraman – Iowa State University

18.Current Sensing with GMR Sensors

Jonathan Hammer, Yusuf Ozturk, PhD,  Sridhar Seshagiri, PhD, Xiaobai Liu, PhD– San Diego State University

19.An Adaptive Restorative Method for Resilient Power Distribution Networks

Ranadhir Sarkar, Azwirman Gusrialdi, Dr. Zhihua Qu – University of Central Florida

20.Consideration of 2-150 kHz Disturbances in North American Power Systems

Elizabeth Devore, Auburn University

Power System Engineering  

      21.Using Design Based Projects to Help Engineering Students Learn Professionalism

Tim Gulzow – Portland State University

22.LMP Decomposition with Three-Phase DCOPF for Distribution System

Wei Wang, Nanpeng Yu – University of California, Riverside

23.Microgrid Protection Student Laboratory: Fault Detection

Ian Hellman-Wylie, Joey Navarro – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

24.Microgrid Protection Student Laboratory: System Integration

Kenan Pretzer - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

25.Lab-Scale Circuit Breaker Module for Power System Laboratories

Allen Scozzari, Amanda Barley, Joshua Chung - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

26.Separatrix analysis of a synchronous machine

Aristotle Boyd-Martin
, Peter Sauer – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


27.Multi-phase Distribution Feeder Reduction

Zachary Pecenak1, Vahid Disfani1, Matthew J. Reno2, Jan Kleissl1 – 1) University of California, San Diego, 2) Sandia National Laboratory

Smart Inverters & Power Electronics

      28.Smart inverter voltage control on distribution feeders

Zachary Pecenak, Jan Kleissl, Vahid R. Disfani – University of California, San Diego

29.On Smart Functionalities of Decentralized Grid-tied Solar PV Inverter Systems

Hamidreza Jafarian, Dr. Babak Parkhideh – University of North Carolina, Charlotte

30.Multi-Port Power Electronics Interface for Grid-less Rural Applications

Jingchen Liang, Dr. Babak Fahimi – University of Texas, Dallas

31.Real-Time Adaptive and Autonomous Volt/Var Smart Inverter Control with high PV penetration

Ankit Singhal1, V. Ajjarapu1, Jason Fuller2, Jacob Hansen2 – 1) Iowa State University, 2) Pacific Northwest Natl Lab

Renewables Generation & Integration

      32.Optimal On-Load Tap Changer Control for Higher PV Hosting Capacity of Distribution Feeders

Changfu Li1, Elizabeth L. Ratnam2, Jan Kleissl1, Vahid R. Disfani1, William Torre1– 1)University of California, San Diego, 2) University of California, Berkley

33.Mitigating Impacts of Intermittent Renewable Distributed Generation Using Network Reconfiguration

Masoud Davoudi Ghiafeh1, Dr. Valentina Cecchi1, Dr. Julio Romero Agüero 2– 1)University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2)Quanta Technology

34.Hardware in the Loop Simulation of a Photovoltaic Generator using a Texas Instrument Platform

Sergio Alzate, Edna Rivera, Natalie Rivera, Luis Torres, Dr. Fabio Andrade – University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

35.Sensor less Real-time active power control of PV systems

Shilpa Marti, Turgay Duman, H. Krishnaswami – University of Texas, San Antonio

36.PV-Powered Cart Suitable for Educational Purposes

Carolyn Majane, Anina Mu, Maimouna Niang, Morteza Rezaee, Ronald G. Harley – Georgia Institute of Technology

37.Distributed Monitoring and Control of PV Generation

Briana Luckey, Jerrod Wigmore, Dr. Andrea Benigni, Yan Chen – University of South Carolina

DER Control & Smart Home

      38.Using the AllJoyn® Framework for Smart Grid-Based Applications

Anne Clarke – Portland State University

39.Distributed Control of a Swarm of Buildings Connected to a Smart Grid

Baris Aksanli, , Madhur Behl, Meghan Clark, Alexandre Donze, Prabal Dutta, Patrick Lazik, Mehdi Maasoumy, Rahul Mangharam, Truong X. Nghiem, Vasumathi Raman, Anthony Rowe, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincetelli, Sanjit Seshia, Tajana Rosing, Jagannathan Venkatesh  – University of California, San Diego

40.A Computational Modeling Approach of User Behavior for Swarm Control Applications

Dhanesh Pradhan
– University of California, San Diego

41.Residential Energy Simulation and Context-Aware Automation

Christine Chan – University of California, San Diego

42.A Context-Driven IoT Middleware Architecture For Residential Energy Management

Bekhzod Soliev1, Nima Mousavi1, Jagannathan Venkatesh1, Christine Chan1, Alper Sinan Akyürek1, Baris Aksanli2, Tajana Šimunić Rosing1 – 1) University of California, 2) San Diego State University


43.Context Engine for the Indoor Swarm

Nima Mousavi, Christine Chan, Jagannathan Venkatesh, Dhanesh Pradhan, Ivan Huang, Michael Ostertag, Tajana Šimunić Rosing - University of California

44.How do we Plan Electric Power Grid with Centralized and Distributed Generation?

Shikha Sharma, James D. McCalley, Ian Dobson – Iowa State University

45.Reduced-Order Modeling of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in a Microgrid—Grid Feeding Inverter

Olaolu Ajala, Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia, Peter Sauer – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles

      46.High Efficiency Wireless Charging System for Electric Vehicles

Devendra R. Patil, Dr. Babak Fahimi – University of Texas, Dallas

47.Multi-Port Power Electronics Interface for Electrified Vehicles and Intelligent Buildings

Lizon Maharjan, Dr. Babak Fahimi – University of Texas, Dallas

48.Inverter Exporting Power From a Solar-Powered Battery Charging Station

Vanu Kapoor, Jordan Burrows, Dean Philip, Michael Mitchell – University of South Carolina

49.Grid-Tied DC Microgrid for PV Recharging of Electric Scooters

Andrew Wunderlich, Tyler Hamby, Harold McGill, James Walkup, Patrick Ford – University of South Carolina

50.Algorithm for Battery Storage Siting and Sizing on Distribution Feeders

Oytun Babacan, William Torre, Jan Kleissl – University of California, San Diego

51.Utility Owned Residential Battery Energy Storage Systems for Ancillary Services

Tylor Slay – Portland State University

52.Fuel Cells as Transmission Integrated Grid Energy Resources

Brendan Shaffer, Kate Forrest, Brian Tarroja, Scott Samuelsen – University of California, Irvine

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For questions regarding the DistribuTECH conference program please contact:
Debbi Wells Boyne, CMP
Conference Manager
Direct: 918-832-9265

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