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Guest lecture by Prof.Dr.Ir. Geert Deconinck


05.11.2019 kl. 11.00 - 12.00


There will be a guest lecture on November 5 prior to the PhD defence of Rakesh Sinha


Scalable Residential Demand Response in Smart Grids – Challenges after 10 Years of Research Experience


Prof.Dr.Ir. Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven University, Belgium


11:00 -12:00


To accommodate more energy from renewable sources, the existing paradigm in the electricity grid of supply follows demand has to change. Demand response aims to exploit the available flexibility in electricity consumption to follow the supply of renewables. This is possible by decoupling the demand for electricity from the demand of the associated services (such as heating, cooling, and hot water) and presents many challenges, especially if flexibility is harvested at a local scale. For 10 years, research groups worldwide have looked into demand response. We discuss open challenges of demand response in a residential context and outline different coordination mechanisms that optimize market profit, mitigate technical issues, and reach prosumer objectives.

About the lecturer

Prof. Dr. Ir. Geert Deconinck is full professor at KU Leuven University, Belgium.

His research focuses on robust distributed coordination and control, specifically in the context of smart electric distribution networks. Specific interests include smart grids, user-centric energy systems, smart metering, distributed control, robust system design, sustainability, industry 4.0, infrastructure interdependencies and dependability modelling, all in a context of energy and communication infrastructures. Both simulation and experimental validation are key.

Since April 2012, he is head of the research group ELECTA (Electrical Energy and Computing Architectures) at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT). He is active in the research centre EnergyVille, the research centre on energy for sustainable cities, where he is scientific leader for the research domain ‘algorithms, modelling, optimisation’, applied to smart electrical and thermal networks. Since October 2016, he is head of the KU Leuven division EnergyVille (grouping KU Leuven 18 professors).

He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) (M 2006, F 2013), co-chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Infrastructure Systems and Services, a senior member of the IEEE and of the IEEE Reliability, Computer, SMC and Power & Energy Societies (sM 1988, M 1996, SM 2000), National representative for Belgium on Cigré SC C6 (active distribution systems and distributed energy resources) and member of KBVE and ie-net. He is associate editor for IET Energy Systems Integrations, and for Springer Electrical Engineering Journal, and editorial board member of Energies (MDPI).

THE guest lecture WILL TAKE PLACE in Pon 101 in room 1.011 and aLL are welcome


Department of Energy Technology


Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.011