EPIC Energy Seminar: Emerging eT&D Grids

January 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that are related to energy. Seminars are free and are open to students, faculty, industry partners, and friends of EPIC, and pizza is provided. Space is limited, so please be sure to register to attend.

Emerging eT&D Grids: Energy Storage, Electrification, and the Increasing Role of Power Electronics


Emerging electronic transmission and distribution (eT&D) grids will evolve rapidly accommodating the changes in generation mix and load profile that are associated with increasing renewable and distributed generation, electrification and bidirectional power flows. For eT&D grids to operate reliably with a high degree of autonomy, there is a greater need for energy storage systems and intelligent power conversion systems with advanced circuit topologies and high-speed communication infrastructure. Current challenges for the future eT&D grids include a limited scale of energy storage deployments along with low penetration of power electronics in the current grid infrastructure.

As we look into a future with high levels of renewables in the generation mix and higher amounts of dc loads including electric vehicles and appliances, the load profile and operational aspects of the grid will experience changes that are not well forecast. In this presentation, I will review the state of eT&D grid development, advances in energy storage technologies, expected developmental pathways and projections for eT&D grid in the distant future. 


Dr. Babu Chalamala is Head of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department and Laboratory Program Manager for Grid Energy Storage at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Prior to joining Sandia in 2015, he spent twenty years in industry R&D, most recently as a Corporate Fellow at MEMC Electronic Materials/SunEdison where he led R&D and product development in grid-scale energy storage. Before that, he was involved in two startup companies for eight years. He spent the early part of his research career at Motorola and Texas Instruments where he made contributions to electronic materials and display technologies. He has a B.Tech. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Texas. An IEEE Fellow, he served on the editorial boards of Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Access and IEEE Journal of Display Technology. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of IEEE PES Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee. He has also been active in the Materials Research Society, where he served as a General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall meeting and continues to serve MRS in a number of leadership positions. He authored 120 papers, edited volumes, and was awarded 10 US patents.


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