I gave a seminar at the Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) of the University of Waterloo (Canada) on model predictive control to reduce the fatigue in medium- and high-head hydropower plants' penstocks and coupling with battery energy storage systems.
My research project on integrated energy systems has been funded with € 300'000 by Region Sud - Provence Alpes Cote Cote d'Azur and MINES ParisTech under the framework 'AAP Recherche'. It will support the creation of a beyond-state-of-the-art microgrid laboratory with multiple energy carriers at MINES ParisTech in Sophia Antipolis.
I will edit a special issue of IET together with Prof. Zechun Hu (Tsinghua University) on grid integration of electric vehicles. Call for papers will be out in early 2022.
I presented at the wear-and-tear seminar of the H2020 project XFLEX-HYDRO our method for fatigue-informed control of medium- and high-head hydropower plant. Two journal papers covering all aspects of this subject (including using a battery system to reduce penstock stress), authored by Stefano and I, are currently out for revision. Preprints are preliminary available here and here.
Biswarup and Stefano presented two our papers at the conference ISGT 2021. One is on comparison of smart charging and vehicle-to-grid based on an extensible optimal power flow framework (more here); the other proposes guide vane-to-head and guide-vane-to-torque linearized models of hydropower plants for efficient model-based control (more here).
Stefano and I are developing an exciting demonstration of model predictive control (MPC) to reduce the mechanical stress in penstocks. We have set up and instrumented a 15-meter long, 2-inch diameter pipe to reproduce the "water hammer" effects happening in medium- and high-head hydropower plants when they provide regulating power to the power grid. By modeling hydraulic dynamics inside this pipe, we are capable of synthesizing a control law that avoids excessive forces on the pipe walls. In doing so, we increase the service life of this critical component while ensuring maximum flexibility for grid services — exciting stuff and probably an absolute worldwide prime. Stay tuned for more!
CapEnergies awarded my research project on "An experimental infrastructure for research on integrated energy systems". CapEnergies is a competitiveness cluster whose direction and evaluation boards are served by major French energy industries. CapEnergies awards projects with demonstrated research excellence and potential for industrial applications and significant socio-economic impacts.
Our paper was awarded with a top 5% paper mention at the 55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) for the work Reduction of Penstock Fatigue in a Medium-Head Hydropower Plant Providing Primary Frequency Control.
I presented the invited paper Impact of the Charging Demand of Electric Vehicles on Distribution Grids: a Comparison Between Autonomous and Non-Autonomous Driving at the 15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies.
I presented my research in the domain of grid-integration of autonomous mobility at the panel "Electric Vehicles as Flexible Demand-side Resources: Research Progress, Obstacles and Pilot Projects" of the 2020 General Meeting of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.