IEEE PES&PELS Virtual Meeting: Challenges/Opportunities of Transportation Electrification
on October 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Dr. Saeed Manshadi
Transportation is a leading cause of carbon emissions. Electrification of the transportation sector is a solution considered by concerned policymakers around the world. Supporting the electrification of the transportation sector requires a paradigm shift in the operational planning of the electricity grid. Besides, to fulfill the intention of transportation electrification as a cause to diminish the carbon footprint of mobility, the generated power delivered by the grid to the transportation sector should be from carbon-free resources. It will unveil several challenges to the operation of the grid due to the significant increase in its load. However, on the other hand, it also creates opportunities to enhance operational planning of the power grid given the potential flexibility in scheduling the demand. In this talk, we will focus on the impact of electric vehicles as a significant portion of transportation electrification on the electricity distribution network. We will discuss the potential challenges that it brings to the electricity distribution network, particularly the potential fluctuations in voltage profile across the network. It calls for possible necessary upgrades to aging grid infrastructure through optimal expansion planning decisions as well as short-term operational strategies to mitigate such an adverse impact by leveraging artificial intelligence techniques.
Dr. Saeed Manshadi is with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University as an assistant professor. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California in Riverside, CA. He received a Ph.D. degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; an M.S. degree from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY; and a B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, in Tehran, Iran (all in electrical engineering). Dr. Manshadi is a co-director of the Southern California Energy Innovation Network. He also serves as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. His current research interests include the application of artificial intelligence methods on smart grids, microgrids, integrating renewable and distributed resources, and power system operation and planning.