Special Session I

New Solutions for Smart Grids with High-Penetration Distributed Energy Resources

Development and utilization of distributed energy resources (DERs) is an inevitable choice to solve environmental pollution and ensure sustainable energy supply. DERs are physical and virtual assets that are deployed across the distribution grid, typically close to load, which can be used individually or in aggregate to provide services to the grid, individual customers, or both. However, the growing penetration of DERs will pose huge challenges in planning, operation, and management of today’s power grids. Meanwhile, new emerging techniques, such as μPMUs and virtual power plants, provide more regulatory means available for enabling higher penetration of DERs.

This special session aims to cover technical issues in the planning, operation, and management in modern energy supply nexus for promoting clean and sustainable energy supply. The session solicits original research papers that target at innovative methods and techniques for power systems with high-penetration DERs.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• New methods and techniques for addressing uncertainties of DERs
• Cyber security for DERs
• Application of DER techniques for enhancing power system resilience
• Applications of μPMUs in distribution systems
• Planning and operation of active distribution networks/hybrid renewable energy systems
• Integrated energy systems
• Virtual power plants (VPPs) and demand response for the integration of DERs
• Energy storage and electric vehicles for the integration of DERs
• Application of artificial intelligence to support the operation of smart grids with DERs
• Federated learning for smart grid applications with high-penetration DERs


Yang Li, Northeast Electric Power University, China


Yang Li was born in Nanyang, China in 1980. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), Xining, Qinghai, China, in 2014. He is a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Northeast Electric Power University, Jilin, China. From Jan. 2017 to Feb. 2019, he was also a postdoc with Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, United States. His research interests include power systems, renewable energy integration, and smart grids. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journals of IET Renewable Power Generation, and IEEE ACCESS.


Sheng Chen, Hohai University, China



Dr. Chen is a professor from College of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Hohai University, from January 2018 to January 2019, he was a Visiting Scholar (supervised by Prof. Antonio J. Conejo) with The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. His research interests include integrated energy systems, operations research, and electricity markets. Dr. Chen has published over 60 SCI papers, of which 25 are published on IEEE Transactions journals. His publications have over 3,000 citations in Scopus with an H-index of 31. He received Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program Award By Cast from China Association for Science and Technology and was listed among the top 2% of global scientists by Stanford University. He serves as an international Associate Editor for MPCE journal. He has been awarded the Outstanding Reviewer of the TPWRS journal for three years, and received the Jiangsu Province Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.

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