IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chicago Chapter 2018-2019

Distribution Automation using Medium-Voltage Power Electronics for Upgrade Deferral, Resiliency, and Solar hosting Applications

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Charles Murray

Switched Source

About the Topic

Megawatt-scale power electronics are now widely accepted in the generation world for Type 3 and Type 4 wind turbines as well as solar and energy storage inverters. To date, power electronics solutions have not seen significant adoption in medium voltage distribution applications. This presentation will focus on the use of power electronics at normally-open tie locations, otherwise known as soft open points (SOPs). Several potential power electronic topologies will be reviewed, as well as some of the grid level implications for reliability, efficiency and solar hosting capabilities.

About the Speaker

Charles Murray is President and Co-Founder of Switched Source. Switched Source provides hardware solutions for distribution utilities to increase the reliability, efficiency and solar hosting capability of the distribution grid. Charlie comes from an independent power producer background at Invenergy, where he developed utility-scale solar, wind and natural gas electricity generation projects in the US as well as Central and South America. Charlie also has experience developing the largest fleet of energy storage projects in North America. Charlie earned his Bachelor's and Master's in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a Professional Engineer in the state of California.

Location       Time  
Sargent & Lundy, 24th floor Conference Room   11:30 AM   Social
55 East Monroe St   11:45 AM   Lunch (optional)
(Enter from Monroe or Adams, near Wabash)   12:00 PM   Presentation
Chicago, IL 60603   1:00 PM   Adjourn


Please make your reservation by noon on Monday 8 Apr 2019 via the Online Reservation Form.

Directions to Luncheon Location

You can reach the 24th floor of 55 East Monroe Street from the South (Adams Street entrance) elevator bank only.

Please bring your lunch with you. If you would like to purchase lunch, then the Under 55 dining room, in the basement on the North end of the building, is recommended.

Take the elevator to 24 and sign in with the Sargent & Lundy Receptionist. Please note that food is only permitted in the Hospitality Area outside the Conference Room. Food is not permitted in the Conference Room.

As you sign in, you may request a Discount Parking coupon. When you depart, you must pay for parking at the Automated Pay Station in the Parking Garage elevator lobby on the floor where you parked. First insert the parking ticket, then insert the discount coupon, then make payment. If you pay at the Garage Exit, then the discount is NOT available. With the discount, parking is $18, without $40.

Continuing Education

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