Dynamic Ancillary Services & Virtual Power Plant Control

18.04.2024 von 09:00 bis 10:00

Technische Fakultät, Kaiserstraße 2, 24143 Kiel, Gebäude C - 03.025 Kolloquium (ZEVS)


We discuss the dynamic ancillary services and their provision by dynamic virtual power plants. The first part highlights the importance of heterogeneity among distributed energy resources in reliably delivering services like fast frequency and voltage control across various power and energy levels. A divide-and-conquer approach, along with dynamic participation factors and local matching controllers, is proposed. The second part introduces a closed-loop strategy incorporating data-driven techniques to adapt ancillary services to local grid conditions. Structural encoding of dynamic services and a "perceive-and-optimize" strategy ensure stable and optimal performance while meeting grid-code and device-level requirements. Numerical case studies and hardware experiments validate the effectiveness of these approaches, promising improved grid stability and efficiency. We close by delving into future grid codes for dynamic ancillary services.


Bio: Florian Dörfler is a Professor at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2013, and a Diplom degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart in 2008. From 2013 to 2014 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California Los Angeles. He has been serving as the Associate Head of the ETH Zürich Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from 2021 until 2022. His research interests are centered around automatic control, system theory, and optimization. His particular foci are on network systems, data-driven settings, and applications to power systems. He is a recipient of the distinguished young research awards by IFAC (Manfred Thoma Medal 2020) and EUCA (European Control Award 2020). His students were winners or finalists for Best Student Paper awards at the European Control Conference (2013, 2019), the American Control Conference (2016), the Conference on Decision and Control (2020), the PES General Meeting (2020), the PES PowerTech Conference (2017), the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2021), and the IEEE CSS Swiss Chapter Young Author Best Journal Paper Award (2022). He is furthermore a recipient of the 2010 ACC Student Best Paper Award, the 2011 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the 2012-2014 Automatica Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, the 2022 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Paper Award, and the 2015 UCSB ME Best PhD award. He is currently serving on the council of the European Control Association and as a senior editor of Automatica.


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