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ECE Seminar Series - Smart Grid: Offshore Wind Power Integration

Event Date 

September 28, 2018 - 12:45pm to 1:45pm


SH 118 (Siegel Hall)
3301 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60616


The Electrical and Computer Engineering department will be hosting a seminar featuring Dr. Lina He, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She will speak on the integration of offshore wind power.


Smart grid is a global effort to modernize the electric energy infrastructures with advanced information, communication, computing, control and power technologies to achieve high level reliability, security, integration of renewables, and energy efficiency. This presentation is concerned with technical issues related to large-scale integration of offshore wind power.

In the development plan of European renewable energy, offshore wind plays a significant role to reduce fossil energy production and the associated carbon emissions. According to a report from European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the installation of offshore wind units in Europe will reach 150 GW by 2030 that is aimed to provide 14% of electricity demand. The rapid growth of offshore wind power and its inherent characteristics of offshore wind farms (e.g. large scale and long distances) make the integration of offshore wind power to onshore grids a great technical challenge. When a transmission line close to points of common coupling experiences a short- circuit fault, the fast reactive power control of voltage-source converter-HVDC (VSC-HVDC) can affect the protective relay operation of transmission lines. This presentation will discuss the technology issues, including protection coordination and modeling of VSC-HVDC link that enables voltage stability control of an integrated ac/dc system.


Dr. Lina He is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois of Chicago, Chicago, IL. She received her Ph.D. degree from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2014. She also received her Master and Bachelor degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China in 2009 and 2007, respectively. She was a Senior Consultant at Siemens headquarter in Germany and Siemens US from 2014 to 2017. She was also an Electrical Engineer at State Grid Corporation of China, Tianjin, China from 2009 to 2010. In addition, she was a Research Scholar at Washington State University, WA, USA in 2013.


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