Special Session Application

Special session title

Robust planning and operation of microgrids with high-level uncertain distributed energy resources

Length of the session

Half day (Nov 12-14, 2018)

Special Session Chair

Assistant Prof. Yan Xu, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, xuyan@ntu.edu.sg

Dr Yan Xu obtained his B.E. and M.E. degrees from South China University of Technology, China, and PhD degree from University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, respectively. After his PhD graduation, he conducted postdoctoral research at University of Newcastle, and later at University of Sydney with the University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (only 10 awarded internationally for all areas per year). In 2016, he joined Nanyang Technological University with the Nanyang Assistant Professorship (only 10 awarded internationally for all areas per year).

His research areas include power system stability, control and optimization, microgrid, and data-analytics for smart grid applications. He has published over 80 international SCI journal papers (including 48 in IEEE Transactions and 17 in IET Proceedings). He has also authored over 40 international conference papers and 2 book chapters. He has received 6 awards from IEEE and IET paper contest and best paper awards.

The Special Session Detail

Microgrid is an effective means to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs), such as micro-turbine, solar PV, wind power, energy storage etc. Besides, apart from electricity, other energy carriers such as heating and cooling are also rapidly integrated in the microgrids, leading to multi-energy microgrids.

However, uncertain renewable DERs such as wind and solar power generation as well as load response have introduce tremendous difficulties for the planning and operation of the microgrids.

To address the high uncertainties from the DERs, various optimization methodologies such as stochastic programming, interval optimization, robust optimization, etc. have received significant research interests in solving microgrid planning and operation problems.

This special session aims to present the state-of-the-art research works on robust planning and operation of microgrids with high-level intermittent renewable energies. Topics of presentations and research papers include but are not limited to:

  • Optimal sizing and locating of distributed generation in microgrids
  • Optimal placement of energy storage in microgrids
  • Robust optimization, stochastic programming, and interval optimization techniques applications to microgrid planning and operation
  • Advanced forecasting techniques for predicting renewable power generation, residential load, etc.
  • Multi-energy integrated energy management
  • Inverter-based voltage regulation in microgrids
  • Networked microgrid planning and operation

This special session will consist of 8~10 presentations (each for 20mins) from a mix of international experts in the above research topics.

Planned format of the session including projected number of referred papers, hot topic sessions, keynotes, and panel discussions

It is estimated that a total of 8~10 papers will be submitted to this special session covering the above hot topics. After paper presentations, a panel discussion session may be followed.

Brief description of publicity plan

This special session will be widely broadcasted through circulations in email, professional networking websites (e.g., LinkedIn, Research Gate), as well as personal websites of the organizers and potential attendees.


Please submit your abstract in the same format as the ASPCOM abstract submission and email to: xuyan@ntu.edu.sg  Prof. Yan Xu for his consideration.