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Supply-Demand Balance in a future energy system: The role of Demand & Storage

March 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program

Jointly Organized by the University of Melbourne & IEEE PES VIC Chapter

Supply-Demand Balance in a future energy system: The role of Demand & Storage


Prof. Mark O’Malley, Fellow IEEE

 School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland

Monday, the 20th March 2017, 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Melbourne

Abstract:  Energy systems are evolving from small, isolated single energy vector systems into continental scale integrated energy systems where electricity will play a key, and probably even more important than today, role. The supply demand balance principle is a fundamental law underpinning and shaping energy system evolution. In the future, this supply-demand balance will be across energy vectors (e.g. fuels, heat, and electricity), across scales/infrastructure (e.g. gas, heat, electricity networks) with and/or without storage capability and with all the consequential losses. This is particularly important as with increasing penetration of variable renewable energy sources the requirements for flexibility to guarantee supply-demand balance in the electricity sector will increase; therefore, new sources of flexibility could be found elsewhere, including in storage and the demand side that are coupled with other sectors. This trend is gaining traction, especially in Europe and China, but the direction of travel and the end result is very unclear. The component parts of this uncertainty are regulatory, economic, political and technological.

This talk aims at exploring and discussing the potential role of demand and storage in a future, integrated energy system, with the support of research results from several projects around the world.

Biography of the presenter

Prof. Mark O’Malley is the Professor of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), founding Director of the Electricity Research Centre, a multidisciplinary, multi institutional, industry supported research activity.  He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  Mark is recognized as a world authority on Energy Systems Integration and in particular Grid Integration of Renewable Energy. He has active research collaborations in Europe, the United States and China, is Director and co-founder of the International Institute for Energy Systems Integration, and coordinator of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme in Energy Systems Integration.

Registration: Members and visitors are welcome, registration at https://unimelb-pesvic-seminar.eventbrite.com.au

Date and Time: Monday, the 20th March 2017, 5:00 pm (for 5:15 pm start).  Duration approximately one hour, followed by question time.

Venue: Room 108 (Greenwood Theatre), Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building (Building Number 193), The University of Melbourne, Grattan St, Parkville, VIC 3010.

Parking: Ticketed parking is available at three locations (University Square Carpark, Royal Parade Car Park, and Eastern Precinct Car Park) within the Parkville campus. A number of other public car parks are also available within walking distance from the Parkville campus.

Extra Directions: Enter from Wilson Avenue (steps and ramp). Follow corridor around and to left, through glass doors then turn right. Theatre is room 108, second room on left.

For enquiries about this event, please contact pes.victorian@ieee.org or pierluigi.mancarella@unimelb.edu.au