Chakrabortty and Bhattacharya Receive Grant for Wide-Area Monitoring Research

October 01, 2011

Dr. Chakrabortty (left) and Dr. Bhattacharya (right)
Dr. Chakrabortty (left) and Dr. Bhattacharya (right)

Aranya Chakrabortty and Subhashish Bhattacharya have been awarded $228,726 by the Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) for research on Wide-Area Monitoring and Control of WECC Transfer Paths Using Real-Time Digital Simulations. The award will run from October 1st, 2011 to December 31st, 2012.

Research Abstract - The objective of this research project is to develop an experimental framework for testing transient stability, frequency response and oscillation damping of the US Western Interconnection using a Real-time Digital Simulator (RTDS). We will construct detailed dynamic models of the WECC power system, starting from the major generation clusters in Alberta, Washington and Oregon to the load clusters in Southern California, Montana and Arizona with intermediate voltage support at appropriate points. The impact of operating conditions, unforeseen contingencies, and intermittency of renewable generation on the inter-area oscillations in WECC will be studied and validated using an RTDS based emulation framework.