Challenges and Opportunities on Grid and Microgrid Integration of PV Systems

In this panel session, specialists from research centers and academia will share lessons learned and best experiences faced with integrating PV systems into power grid and microgrid. Among the topics to be covered are the data-driven integration of PVs and a practical approach to guide decisions associated with Volt-var control in PV-rich distribution systems.

Moderator: Fernanda Trindade, University of Campinas, Brazil

Dr. Trindade (IEEE Senior Member) graduated in Electrical Engineering from São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil in 2006. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at UNICAMP. She had spent one year and a half as a researcher in the Power Disturbance and Signaling (PDS) Research Lab, University of Alberta (UofA), Edmonton, Canada. She is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery and IEEE Power Engineering Letters. Her research interests are the integration of renewable energy sources in the power distribution system, fault location, and non-technical losses detection and location.

Panelist: Dr. Matthew Reno, SANDIA, USA
Title:Data-Driven Grid Integration of PV

Matthew J. Reno is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Electric Power Systems Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His research focuses on distribution system modelling and analysis with high penetration PV, including advanced software tools for automated analysis of hosting capacity, PV interconnection studies, and rapid Quasi-Static Time Series simulations. Matthew is also involved with the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee for developing guides and standards for protection of microgrids and systems with high penetrations of inverter-based resources. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Panelist: Walmir Freitas, University of Campinas, Brazil
Title: A Practical Method to Design the Volt-var Strategy in PV-rich Distribution Systems

Dr. Freitas obtained the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in 2001, Brazil, where, currently, he is a Full Professor. He also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta and Ryerson University, Canada. In the last 20 years, Dr. Freitas participated as principal investigator in more than 50 R&D projects for Brazilian, Canadian, and Indian utilities and government agencies, published more than 70 journal papers, and supervised more than 50 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and PDF researchers. He is a former Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery and past Chair of the IEEE/PES Working Group on Power Quality Data Analytics, awarded with the Technical Committee Working Group Recognition for Outstanding Technical Report. His main research interests are distribution systems, distributed generation, power quality, and protection.

Panelist: Xiangqi Zhu, NREL, USA
Title: Incorporating Beneficial Electrification in Distribution Planning

Xiangqi Zhu (IEEE Senior Member) received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2013 and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. She joined National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a researcher in 2017. Her research interests include modeling, analysis, and control of power distribution system, electric vehicle grid integration and management, solar integration, and energy storage sizing for renewable energy integrated microgrid.