Control for Smart Grids: Applications and Opportunities in the Industrial Sector

February 19, 2013
825 Mudd
Speaker: Dr. Tariq Samad , Corporate Fellow (Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions)


One of the principal points of differentiation between smart grids and traditional power systems is the importance the former accord to electricity consumers and customers—residential, commercial, and industrial facilities are an integral part of the smart grid system of systems. Furthermore, the portfolio of energy assets in homes, buildings, and factories is being dramatically enhanced; distributed generation and storage, in addition to heterogeneous loads and in grid-connected implementations, manifest that “demand-side” management is not just about demand any longer. Industrial plants, as large resource points for consumption, (co)generation, and storage, are of particular importance in this regard.

Realizing the smart grid vision of clean, low-cost, and securely supplied energy depends crucially on the active engagement of facility owners, operators, and assets. With measurement, communication, and computing becoming pervasive in the expanded end-to-end electricity infrastructure, the stage is set for automation and control technologies. Notable progress has been made already, including applications in process and manufacturing plants. Several innovative and exciting projects are under way worldwide and significant economic and societal benefits have been achieved, especially in areas such as automated demand response, optimal microgrids, and energy analytics. Yet we have just scratched the surface of possibility. Faster dynamics, larger-scale systems, more diverse assets, dynamic pricing, humans in the loop, and other complexities and trends all suggest opportunities for control research with the promise of tremendous impact on society and industry.

Speaker Biography

Tariq Samad is Corporate Fellow at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, in Minneapolis, U.S.A. During his 27 years with Honeywell, he has contributed to and led automation and control developments for applications in electric power systems, the process industries, building management, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and clean energy. His research interests relate broadly to automation, intelligence, and autonomy for complex engineering systems.

Dr. Samad served as President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009 and is President Elect of the American Automatic Control Council. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient the 2008 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award and a few other distinctions. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine during 1998 – 2003 and General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference. His recent publications include The Impact of Control Technology. He is currently editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (Springer, 2014). Dr. Samad holds a B.S. from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

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