Peter Palensky | The digital and green transformation of the energy system

16 FEBRUARY 2023 | 12:30-13:30

The power system as we know it has its roots in assumptions that are 100 years old: centralized and fossil fuel based generation, a unidirectional and hierarchical distribution, and a load that grows 1- 2% each year. All this disappears now.
Changing the foundation of a system during its runtime is a challenge, even more if it is critical infrastructure. The two cornerstones of this process are decarbonization and digitalization. Both are solution and problem at the same time, but by combining both in a smart way we can master the energy system transformation(s). This talk will introduce you to the the national decarbonization efforts and options, and show you examples where model-based methods are used to optimize the power system of the future which is expected to be affordable, resilient, and sustainable.

Peter Palensky is Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft, Faculty for Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Netherlands, since 2014, working on mastering the complexity of smart, sustainable and flexible electric power systems. He also serves as Scientific Director of the TU Delft PowerWeb institute, a cross-faculty think tank for integrated and intelligent energy systems, and as Principle Investigator at the Amsterdam Metropolitain Solutions (AMS) institute. He is active in international committees such as CIGRE or IEEE, serves as past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine and associate editor for several other IEEE journals. He is AdCom member- at-large and financial advisor of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and member of several IES AdCom committees. His career started 1997 as research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), for energy systems automation. In 2001 he co-founded Envidatec GmbH, a Hamburg-based startup, and joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2008 for research on wide area distributed energy management systems and demand response technology. He then became associate Professor at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa. 2010 he was appointed Principal Scientist of the Austrian Institute of Technology, leading a team of high-profile researchers on complex energy systems.