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Power flow through the ages

Sairaj Dhople


The power flow problem is fundamental to power-systems engineering. It involves determining the steady-state voltage profile in an AC electrical network given nodal real- and reactive-power injections. This talk examines how the formulation of the power-flow problem has evolved alongside the corresponding evolution of the bulk power system from an isolated collection of microgrids to one of the most complex and interconnected engineered systems today. A few pointers on how power flow will have to be revised for a future dominated by power-electronics energy-conversion interfaces will close out the talk.


Sairaj Dhople received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include modeling, analysis, and control of power systems with a focus on inverter-based renewable resources. He was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2019. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
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Sairaj Dhople
University of Minnesota
Virtual Zoom Lecture
12 Jan 2021, 10:30am until 11:30am