Benefits of flexibility in residential electricity consumption– Paving the way towards a smarter grid

PhD defence, Friday 22 September 2017, Armin Ghasem Azar.

2017.09.22 | Camilla Dalegaard Mikkelsen

Armin Ghasem Azar

During his studies, Armin studied the impact of flexibility in residential electricity consumption and generation on the power grid. In the last two decades, the demand for electricity has risen exponentially, and it will continue to grow remarkably. For instance, in Europe, the residential electricity demand is expected to rise on average 56% from its 2000 level until 2050 with an annual growth rate of 1.1%. Modernizing the current power grid through the integration of residential solar photovoltaic panels and battery energy storage systems paves the way towards materializing the vision of a smart grid. Such integration provides electricity consumers with the opportunity to supply their home appliances locally and inject their surplus power back to the grid. European countries are currently progressing towards the establishment of an efficient market for trading consumers’ energy consumption, generation, and storing flexibilities.

Armin has proposed efficient and interactive energy management systems for: i) consumers to schedule the operation of their appliances and trade energy with the grid; and ii) electric grid operators to match consumers’ demand with their supply. He confirmed that, by using a robust energy trading mechanism integrated with the energy management systems, consumers and grid operators are capable of economically benefiting from the flexibility in electricity consumption and generation without jeopardizing their comfort and grid’s stability.

The new research findings contribute to the knowledge of how to benefit from the flexibility in residential electricity consumption in paving the way towards a smarter grid.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 22 September 2017 at 12.30
Place: Building 5125, Room 424, Finlandsgade 22, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Title of dissertation: SALSA: A Formal Hierarchical Optimization Framework for Smart Grid
Contact information: Armin Ghasem Azar, e-mail:, tel.: +45 5333 5805
Members of the assessment committee:
Prof. Peter Palensky, Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Prof. Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, Center for Energy Informatics, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark
Associate Prof. Stefan Hallerstede (chair), Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Associate Prof. Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defense is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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