IEEE Ottawa Webinar on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling
IEEE Ottawa Webinar
on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling
Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi
Director of Technology at BluWave-ai, Ottawa
Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Webinar Registration: Online Webinar
A microgrid is defined as a group of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and
loads that act locally as a single controllable entity and can operate in both
grid-connected and islanded modes. Microgrids are considered a critical link in
the evolution from vertically integrated bulk power systems to smart
decentralized networks, by facilitating the integration of DERs. Entities, such
as government agencies, utilities, military bases, and universities around the
world are deploying microgrids, and an increasing number of these systems are
expected to be developed in the next decade. In general, stability in
microgrids has been treated from the perspective of conventional bulk power systems.
However, the nature of the stability problem and dynamic performance of a
microgrid are considerably different than those of a conventional power system
due to intrinsic differences between microgrids and bulk power systems, such as
size, feeder types, high share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES),
converter-interfaced components, low inertia, measurement devices such as
Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), unbalanced operation, etc.
This seminar discusses the findings of the award-winning IEEE PES Task Force on
Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling, which defines concepts
and identifies relevant issues related to stability in microgrids. The seminar
presents definitions and classification of microgrid stability, considering
pertinent microgrid features such as voltage-frequency dependence, unbalancing,
low inertia, and generation intermittency. A few examples will be also
presented, highlighting some of the stability classes discussed during the
Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi is the Senior Director of Technology at BluWave-ai, an
internationally award-winning startup offering AI-enabled control and
optimization solutions for smart grids. He has more than 8 years of experience
in designing mission critical grid solutions for industry and academia,
including technical leadership of a $6M international consortium in Electric
Grid Modernization, and Smart Grid projects with Hatch and Canadian Solar.
Mostafa has authored/co-authored several high-impact technical papers and
patents on intelligent control and optimization of renewable-penetrated grids.
Mostafa obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the
University of Waterloo. He has also studied and performed research in Sweden at
KTH and Germany at KIT. During the course of his career, Mostafa has received
multiple business, research, and teaching awards, including the prestigious
University of Waterloo Doctoral Thesis Completion Award and Ottawa’s Forty
Mostafa has also led the award-winning IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force
on microgrid stability, an international coalition of 21 researchers from 14
institutions investigating stability issues in microgrids. Currently, he serves
as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
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