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Special Seminar: Energy Transition Towards Decarbonization



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET


Meeting ID: 995 9695 0090
Passcode: 153207

The global energy transition toward a carbon-neutral future relies on the large-scale integration of renewables and electrification in transportation, civil infrastructure, and industrial manufacturing sectors. This talk addresses two challenges of this transition:

  1. The aggregation of small but vast distributed energy resources (eg, rooftop solar and electric vehicles) to balance global energy demand and supply under the recent landmark ruling of Federal Energy Regulatory Agency;
  2. The integration of battery resources for reliability, resiliency, and economic efficiency of future power grids with high penetration of stochastic renewable energy and inverter-based resources.

To this end, we develop novel operation and market designs that coordinate and incentivize demands and supplies for power and energy systems reliability, resiliency, and market efficiency.

About the Speaker(s)

Cong Chen
PhD Candidate, Cornell

Cong Chen

Cong Chen is a PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Cornell University. She received a BE degree from Wuhan University and an MS degree from Tsinghua University, both in electrical engineering. Her research interests lie in the intersection of power system engineering, optimization theory, and power system economics. Her current research focuses on decarbonization solutions through large-scale aggregation of distributed energy resources, battery storage participation in electricity markets, and alternative energy resources such as green hydrogen. Cong received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting in 2019 and the Prize Conference Paper Award at the IEEE PES General Meeting in 2023. She was recognized as the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Scholar at Cornell in 2019, the Engineering and Applied Science Trailblazing Young Researcher at Caltech in 2023, and the Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellow in 2024.


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