RRVS September 2019 Section Meeting


Join us for the September section meeting

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  • Date: 19 Sep 2019
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Rock Valley College
  • 3301 North Mulford Road
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • United States 61114
  • Building: Woodward Tech Center

  • Starts 11 September 2019 08:36 PM
  • Ends 19 September 2019 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Menu: Vegetarian, Non-vegetarian


Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong


Next-Generation Smart Grids: Synchronized and Democratized (SYNDEM) Smart Grids

Power systems are going through a paradigm shift. The centralized large facilities are being replaced by millions of widely dispersed non-synchronous relatively small renewable or alternative power plants, plug-in EVs, and energy storage units. Moreover, the majority of loads are expected to actively take part in the grid regulation in the same way as suppliers do. In this lecture, the SYNDEM (meaning synchronized and democratized) grid architecture, together with its technical route, to enable this paradigm shift will be presented. It will be shown that the synchronization mechanism of conventional synchronous machines, which has underpinned the power systems for over 100 years, can continue playing its fundamental role in power systems. It will empower all power electronics-interfaced suppliers and loads to behave like virtual synchronous machines so that they can take part in the regulation of system frequency and voltage, in the same way as conventional synchronous machines do. This will unify the integration and interaction of all players with the grid. It will also release the communication infrastructure from low-level control and open up the prospect of achieving autonomous operation for power systems. This holistic solution could considerably enhance the stability, scalability, operability, security, reliability and resiliency of the next-generation smart grid. For latest developments and live discussions, join LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7061909/.


Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, is the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering and Management at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and the Founder of Syndem LLC, Chicago, USA. He is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in control, power electronics, and power systems, having been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems and attracted the support of Rolls-Royce, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Siemens, ALSTOM, Turbo Power Systems, Chroma, Yokagawa, OPAL RT and other organizations. He (co-) authored three research monographs, including Robust Control of Time-delay Systems (Springer, 2006) and Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013). His fourth book entitled Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems: Next Generation Smart Grids will be published by Wiley-IEEE Press. He was an Associate Editor for several leading journals in control and power engineering, including four IEEE Transactions. He proposed the SYNDEM (meaning synchronized and democratized) grid architecture for the next-generation smart grids based on the synchronization mechanism of synchronous machines, which unifies and harmonizes the interface and interaction of power system players with the grid to achieve autonomous operation, without relying on communication networks. This was reported as Game Changer for Grid. His current research focuses on control and systems theory, power electronics, and the seamless integration of both to address fundamental challenges in energy and power systems.


6:00 PM Networking

6:30 PM Dinner

7:15 PM Presentation