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27 JAN 2017
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When: Friday 27 JAN 2017
Talk: 11:00 AM
Where: University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
Bldg ECSS, Room 2.102 (TI Auditorium)
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Topic: "Solar Energy and its Future Beyond Cost Parity"
Speaker: Philip T. Krein, Ph.D.
Grainger Endowed Chair Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Abstract: Photovoltaic solar energy systems have crossed grid parity in much of the world, the level at which electricity produced by PV systems competes with conventional electricity grid energy. As costs continue to fall, power electronics can change PV systems from “negative load” to supportive grid generation resources. This presentation defines several types of grid parity and shows how they affect system decisions. Methods that allow PV systems to support the dynamic operating requirements of the grid are summarized. Cost models show that PV systems should begin to play a role much like the conventional central-plant resources they seek to replace. This talk discusses methods to support concepts like spinning reserve, inertia, voltage stability and other crucial grid operating issues.
Bio: Philip T. Krein received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was an engineer with Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon, and then returned to the University of Illinois. He holds the Grainger Endowed Emeritus Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics and is Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. He is also Executive Dean of the Zhejiang University/University of Illinois Institute in Haining, China. His research interests address all aspects of power electronics, machines, drives, electric transportation, and electrical energy, with emphasis on nonlinear control approaches. In 2001, he helped initiate the International Future Energy Challenge. He holds thirty-seven U.S. patents with additional patents pending.

Dr. Krein is a Fellow of the IEEE, and received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics. He was a founder and director of SolarBridge Technologies, Inc., a developer of long-life integrated inverters for solar energy. He is a past president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society; past chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community; editor-at-large of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics; and an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2016.

Directions: UTD is at 800 West Campbell Road, Richard, TX 75080. See UTD Directions
Presentation room is in bldg ECSS, Room 2.102 (TI Auditorium). See UTD Campus Map
The campus Visitor Center can provide parking passes and, if needed, specific directions.
Cost: FREE



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