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Jones Seminar: Engineering System Integration of Renewable Energy, Water, and Electric Vehicles



3:30pm - 4:30pm EST


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Meeting ID: 939 7205 2689
Passcode: 234624

Recently, the academic and industrial literature has arrived at a consensus in which the electric power grid evolves to a more intelligent, responsive, and dynamic system that propels the sustainable energy transition. This evolution is caused by the “4D” drivers:

  1. Decarbonization
  2. Disruptive demand profiles
  3. Digital innovations in energy technologies
  4. Deregulated electricity markets with active end-user participation

On the supply side, the introduction of variable energy resources (VERs), like solar and wind, necessitates fundamental changes in the power grid's dynamic operation. VER forecasts are uncertain and their profiles are intermittent thus requiring greater quantities of operating reserves. In such a case, fast-ramping natural gas and hydro-electric power plants take on a prominent grid balancing role. At even higher levels of solar PV and wind generation, dispatchable demand-side resources become the only remaining option for grid balancing. These devices are not just energy artifacts, but also exist within other engineering systems. Consequently, their integration gives rise to new multi-disciplinary challenges such as electrified transportation and the energy-water nexus.

This presentation provides perspectives from New England and Abu Dhabi to shed light on the increasingly intertwined futures of multi-energy, water, and transportation resources. It draws upon three full-scale case studies: The ISO New England System Operational Analysis and Renewable Energy Integration Study, the New England Energy-Water Nexus Study, and the Abu Dhabi Electric Vehicle Integration Study. Together, these studies show that while all three types of resources have the potential to disrupt the other, they can also be harmonized to create sustainable synergies across all three engineering systems.

About the Speaker(s)

Amro Farid
Associate Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth

Amro M. Farid is a Dartmouth professor of engineering and of computer science. He leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems (LIINES) with active research programs in:

• Smart Power Grids
• Energy-Water Nexus
• Electrified Transportation
• Industrial Energy Management
• Interdependent Smart City Infrastructures

Professor Farid received his Sc.B and Sc.M in mechanical engineering from MIT and his PhD from the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (UK). He has industrial experiences from the automotive, semiconductor, defense, chemical, and manufacturing sectors, and is also a research affiliate at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department and the U. of Massachusetts Transportation Research Center.

Farid has made active contributions to the MIT-Masdar Institute Collaborative Initiative, the MIT Future of the Electricity Grid Study, and the IEEE Vision for Smart Grid Controls. He currently serves as Chair of the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN), Chair of IEEE Smart Cities Technical Activities Committee, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics (SMC) Technical Committee on Intelligent Industrial Systems. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ASME and INCOSE.


For more information, contact Megan Oman at megan.e.oman@dartmouth.edu.