Advanced Computing-driven Research in Health Sciences, Energy, and the Environment

December 20, 2020

Advanced Computing-driven Research in Health Sciences, Energy, and the Environment

As part of an effort to promote and foster new scientific collaboration among Arctic nations, we are initiating a Master Works webinar series to highlight the impact of advanced computing in health sciences, energy, and environmental research. This webinar series brings together scientists from the U.S., Iceland and the Nordic countries to discuss compelling scientific challenges of common interest being addressed through advanced computing and to explore opportunities for collaboration. These Master Works events will feature two 30 minute presentations followed by a 30 minute panel session, total 90 min.


Henrik Madsen - Professor, Head of Section, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU COMPUTE), Technical University of Denmark.

Title: Digitalization for the future weather-driven low-carbon energy system

Abstract: Today energy systems are operated and planned such that the production follows the demand. However, a future low-carbon society calls for systems where demand follows the weather-driven energy production. This highlights a need for a disruption of the whole spectrum of methods ranging energy systems operation to planning. Most importantly we need methods for enabling energy flexibility at all levels of the society; examples being buildings, supermarkets, wastewater treatment plants, districts and cities. We describe a framework called the Smart-Energy Operating-System (SE-OS) for controlling the electricity load in integrated energy systems using big data analytics, AI, edge/fog/cloud computing and IoT solutions. The framework can also provide ancillary services (like congestion management, voltage and frequency control) for systems with a large penetration of wind and solar power.

Ben Kroposki - Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IEEE Fellow, where he leads strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems.

Title: Understanding the Challenges with Integrating Very High Levels of Wind and Solar in Electric Power Systems

Abstract: Around the world, electric utilities are setting 100% clean energy goals of which renewable technologies will be a major player. Variable renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaics differ from conventional generation in that they use power electronic converters instead of synchronous generators to connect to electric power grids. At high levels, there are a number of technical challenges that must be addressed to ensure reliable and economic operations. We will discuss the challenges and solutions to operating power system with high levels of variable renewables and how power electronic interfaces can be used to solve some of these challenges.