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CPSS Coordinator's Report - Spring 2014

Center for Power Systems Studies - Spring Meeting
COORDINATOR'S REPORT
April 24, 2014

To: Members of Center for Power Systems Studies
    Associate Members of Power Systems Studies
    All those in attendance at meeting

We are now at the close the Center for Power Systems Studies’ 46th year of operation. The following is a summary of the last several months of activity within the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that is related to the CPSS along with plans for the summer and coming years.

Power-Course Update

Spring 2014

  • EE434/L (3+1 cr) Power Systems/Lab, 15 students (Sun)
  • EE491 (1 cr) Independent Study – Introduction to Synchrophasor, 1 student (Sun)
  • EE315 (3 cr) Linear Controls, 20 students (Hietpas)
  • EE792/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Electronics and Lab, 7 students (Tonkoski)
  • EE792 (3 cr) Wind Energy Systems, 10 students (Tonkoski)

Fall 2014

  • EE434/L (3+1 cr) Power Systems/Lab, (Sun)*
  • EE792 (3 cr) Power System Operation and Control (Sun)
  • EE792 (3 cr) Computer Aided Analysis of Power and Energy (Tonkoski)

Spring 2015 (tentative)

  • EE43x (3 cr) Power Systems II (School of Mines Faculty)
  • EE792 (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Electronics and lab(Tonkoski)
  • EE792 (3 cr) Power System Dynamics (Sun)

* This course is also being offered to students from SD School of Mines over the Access Grid

Power Faculty Activities Spring Semester

Tonkoski

  • Students Graduated
    • Yogesh Bhandari, M.S., Thesis title: Fuel Reduction in Remote Microgrids Using Photovoltaics, Battery and Multiple Generators, 2013 – Currently working at Cummins Inc.
    •  Binod Poudel, M.S., Thesis title: Overvoltage Prevention in Low Voltage Rural Distribution Network With High Penetration of Wind Energy, 2014 – Currently looking for a job.
  • Currently Supervising:
    •  Two PhD students
      • Power Management in Rural PV-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids Considering Stochastic Behavior of PV Generation
      • Voltage Control in LV Rural Feeders with High Penetration of Renewables
  • Six M.S. EE graduate students
    • Solar Energy Forecasting for Power Management of Remote Microgrids using Markov Switching Models
    • Fuel Consumption Reduction in PV-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids
    • Operation of Grid-connected Microgrids as Virtual Power Plants
    • Modeling of Diesel Generators
    • Ramp rate control of Microgrids using Virtual Inertia
    • Integration Issues of PV Microhydro Hybrid Microgrids.
  • One Senior Design Group
    • Design of a Ramp Rate Limiter for PV Plants
  • Main Proposals Submitted:
    • Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award 2014. Role: PI (together with Dr. Sun). Title: Reliable and Resilient Microgrids for Data Centers. Award amount: $40,000 (awarded)
    • SDSU Research/Scholarship Support Fund 2014. Role: PI. Title: Development of a Power Management System for Data Centers with High Penetration of Photovoltaics. Award amount: $ 7,500 (awarded)
    • SDBoR CRGP 2014. Role: PI. Title: Development of Reliable and Sustainable Microgrids. Award amount: $ 100,000 (Pending)
  • Papers Presented
    • IEEE ICPS 2013 (Kathmandu, Nepal) – Title: Feasibility Study of Photovoltaic-Hydropower Microgrids
    • IEEE ICPS 2013 (Kathmandu, Nepal) – Title: Power Management Strategies for Microgrids with High Penetration of Renewables
    • IEEE IECON 2013 (Vienna, Austria) – Title: Development of a Flexible Public Lighting System

Sun

  • Currently Supervising:
    • One PhD EE graduate student
      • Harnessing Renewables in Power System Restoration
    • Three M.S. EE graduate students
      • On Battery Storage System for Load Pickup in Power System Restoration
      • Volt/VAR Coordination Strategy in a PV-Interconnected Distribution Network
      • Optimal Microgrid Reconfiguration subsequent to Fault-Triggered Islanding
    • One Senior Design Group
      • Development of a Voltage Regulation Technique that Reduces Electrical Demand at Distribution Substations
  • Papers Accepted:
    • IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (Chicago, IL) – Title: Design and Implementation of IEC 61850 in Communication-Assisted Protection Strategy
    • IEEE PES GM 2014 (National Harbor, MD) – Title: On Battery Storage System for Load Pickup in Power System Restoration
  • Main Proposals Submitted:
    • Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award 2014. Role: PI (together with PI-Dr. Tonkoski). Title: Reliable and Resilient Microgrids for Data Centers. Award amount: $40,000 (awarded)
    • NSF EPAS Program. Role: PI. Title: Collaborative Research: An Intelligent Restoration System for a Self-healing Smart Grid (IRS-SG). Award amount: $210,000 (pending)
    • SDBoR CRGP 2014. Role: PI. Title: Harnessing Variable Renewables in Power System Restoration to Enhance Smart Grid Resilience. Award amount: $100,000 (Pending)
  • Awarded the BENNETT Undergraduate EE Summer 2014 Research Fellowship for one junior student. Title: Using PMU Data to Enhance Situational Awareness in Power System Restoration: Strategy Development and Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
  • Presented one paper at IEEE PES T&D 2014– Title: Design and Implementation of IEC 61850 in Communication-Assisted Protection Strategy. Brought four graduate students.
  • Attended and chaired one session in 2014 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference
  • Lead the Task Force of “Restoration from Cascading Failures” in IEEE Working Group: Understanding, Prediction, Mitigation and Restoration of Cascading Failures
  • Brought students to 2013 Minnesota Power Systems Conference and 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference
  • Promoted IEEE PES Scholarship, CPSS and power program to SDSU undergraduate students
  • Served on the CPSS Special Project Committee

Scholarship Activity – Power Company Sponsored Scholarships – 2014--2015

The EE Program will award approximately $40,000 in scholarships. Of this total, approximately 60% are a direct result of the power community sponsorship.

Status of Power Students

Power Graduates Update

Student                        Graduation Semester       Place of Employment
Richard Fitzpatrick*        |     Spring 2014     |          Missions work for 2 years.
Evan Leebens                |     Spring 2014     |          MISO, Eagan, MN
Ayush Shrestha             |     Spring 2014      |          Black and Veatch, Kansas City, MO
Kelly Nelson*†               |     Spring 2014      |          TKDA Engineering and Architecture, Saint Paul, MN
David Kroon                  |     Spring 2014       |          ECI and EPC Service Company, Billings, MT
James Turner                |     Spring 2014      |           ECI, Billings, MT
Trey Buechler                |     Spring 2014      |          POET, Sioux Falls, SD
Joseph Schrepel           |     Spring 2014       |         Basin Electric, Bismark, ND
Cole Sandness*            |     Spring 2014       |         Actively interviewing for Power Internships

21 students are scheduled to graduate spring 2014
* IEEE PES Scholarship Recipients

Summer Positions, Engineering Internships, or Cooperatives

Student                     Expected Graduation       Summer Place of Employment
McCord Stowater      |     Spring 2015      |     Actively interviewing for Power Internships
Jake Buckmiller      |     Spring 2015      |     Sencore, Sioux Falls
Connor Schuler      |     Spring 2015      |     Seeking internship
Brenden Metzger      |     Spring 2015      |     DGR, Rock Rapids, IA
Jungseok (Jason) Hong      |     Spring 2015      |     Bennett Fellowship, SDSU
Eric Rajchel      |     Spring 2015      |     Actively seeking Power Internship
Logan Janssen      |     Spring 2015      |     Seeking internship
Chad Egeberg      |     Spring 2015      |     Raven, Brookings, SD
Mitchell Young      |     Spring 2016      |     Actively interviewing for Power Internships
Tyler Fletcher*      |     Spring 2016      |     Missouri River Energy Services, Sioux Falls, SD
Laura Froehlich      |     Spring 2016      |     Undergraduate Research, Dr. Qi Hua Fan, SDSU
Jerome Charles      |     Spring 2016      |     Department of Transportation, Sioux Falls, SD
Jeremy Laird      |     Spring 2016      |     Actively interviewing for Power Internships
Drake Jeno      |      Spring 2016      |     Actively seeking Power Internship
Chase Heiden      |     Spring 2016      |     Seeking internship
Amadon Dolo      |      Spring 2016      |      Not seeking at this time
Koby Jackson       |      Spring 2016      |     Seeking internship
Daniel Johnson      |     Spring 2016      |     Not seeking at this time
Taylor Johnson      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time
Christopher Heirigs      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time
Luke Stewart      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time
Tanner Crowe      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time
Matt Duerr      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time
Marshall Zachman      |     Spring 2017      |     Not seeking at this time

† CPSS Scholarship
* IEEE PES Scholarship Recipient

Summer Power and/or CPSS Activity

Hietpas

  • Prepare for 2014 Biannual CPSS South Dakota Regional Power Conference
  • Serve on IEEE-PES Scholarship Committee, Region 4
  • Develop additional power research collaborative partnerships
  • Develop new recruiting and outreach programs

Tonkoski

  • Graduate two MS EE Students
  • Design course EE792 – Modeling and Control of Power Electronics including a Lab
  • Identify industry partners/collaborators for research proposals
  • Write proposals to obtain funding from external agencies
  • Review Proposals for an NSF Panel
  • Visit Microsoft datacenter, and discuss the awarded project
  • Attend Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2014, Redmond, WA
  • Attend IEEE PES GM 2014 in National Harbor, MD
  • Attend IEEE-IECON 2014 in Dallas, TX

Sun

  • Graduate one MS EE Student
  • Supervise graduate students’ research and the BENNETT undergraduate research project
  • Prepare online course EE434 Power Systems Analysis
  • Identify industry partners/collaborators for research proposals
  • Write proposals to obtain funding from external agencies
  • Visit Microsoft datacenter and discuss the awarded project
  • Attend IEEE PES GM 2014 in National Harbor, MD
  • Serve the CPSS Special Project Committee

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Steven M. Hietpas, Ph.D., P.E.
Coordinator, Center for Power Systems Studies
Head of EE and CS Dept.
Professor of Electrical Engineering