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Thought Leadership Forum : Electric Vehicle Integration and Deployment Into the Smart Grid of the Future - G2V & V2G
September 28, 2010
Hosted by UCLA-WINMEC, and UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center


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Recent advances in information and communications systems and battery technologies, in combination with substantial importance given by society to reducing greenhouse gas/carbon emissions, have resulted in dramatic thrusts towards accelerated innovations in electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart and renewable energy infrastructure necessary to fuel and support them. Products such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Ford Focus Electric, are in the process of creating mass markets for electric vehicles in the U.S. The utilities on their part are working towards enhancing their infrastructure through their own investments as well as those from the DOE Stimulus ARRA Grants, and this requires massive changes in their distribution as well as their transmission systems. If 25% of all vehicles were EVs today, the current infrastructure in the U.S. would have a difficult time supporting the charging of these EVs - substantial technological, infrastructure and behavioral changes would be required to do so in a scalable and efficient manner. Some utilities have reported numbers which indicate that even a single 220V EV charger may during peak consumption hours overload its transformer. Therefore, the current infrastructure needs to be upgraded both from a capacity standpoint as well as from a flexibility and power routing/control standpoint. Adding capacity is far more expensive than adding intelligence and smart power routing capability, and the eventual solution will require an innovation combination of both. Certainly, adding auxiliary power sources at the edge of the power network such as residential solar PVCs to feed into the grid would help from a capacity standpoint, but using such alternative fuels so as the move the energy around where it is needed from where it is produced will require a very sophisticated and smart grid.

While adding capacity and adding smartness are challenges - they are also opportunities. There are other unique opportunities that the growth of EVs can provide in the context of the Smart Grid. Due to the addition of a large number of batteries by way of these EVs there is the potential to aggregate them to create an energy storage buffer which can absorb excessive power during low-load periods such as during the night, and become a source of electrical power during high-load periods such as a hot summer's afternoon. This ability can help substantially with Demand Response which is a key and yet challenging problem for the utilities. This source of energy can also provide buffer power for smoothing out frequency fluctuations resulting from mismatched demand (generation versus consumption) - and therefore could be used for Demand Dispatch by the utilities. All of these needs and capabilities will require the integration of sophisticated technologies including communications, wireless, sense-and-control, Internet, mobile computing, cloud computing, Lithium Ion and other battery technology, superconductors, etc.

This forum will bring together researchers, utilities (distribution and transmission), technology providers, service providers, EV and automotive companies, renewable generation companies, and government together to create Thought Leadership around the field of electric vehicles and their integration into the Smart Grid of the Future.

Current Speakers

Scott Backhaus Staff Scientist Los Alamos National Laboratory
Luke Clemente General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems GE Energy - Digital Energy
Mike Coop Founder heyCoop, LLC
Marcelo Dipaolo Full Engineer LADWP
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Phil Gow Vice President, Battery Systems CODA Automotive
Krishnan Gowri Senior Research Engineer Pacific Northwest National Lab.
Mike Gravely Manager - Energy Systems Research Office California Energy Commission
Stanton Hadley Power and Energy Systems Group Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bruce Hamer Principal Power Engineer Burbank Water and Power
Paul Heitmann Utility Stakeholder Services ECOtality
Stephen Johnson Sr Product Marketing Manager Itron, Inc.
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Andrew Martinez-Fonts Product Manager Silver Spring Networks
Ali Morabbi Manager, Power System Information Technology LADWP
Feng Pan TSM Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jason Rodriguez CEO and Director of Research Zpryme Research & Consulting, LLC
Kat Shoa Founder / Principal Kat Shoa Consulting
Commissioner Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Peter Suterko Manager, Fleet Services LADWP

Previous WINMEC SmartGrid Speakers

Andres Carvallo Chief Information Officer Austin Energy
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
Susan Covino Senior Consultant, Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Aloke Gupta Energy Analyst California Public Utilities Commission
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Kevin Garrity Manager LADWP
John Garrity Manager, RF& Photonics laboratory GE Global Research
Josh Gerber Lead Architect for Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Marie Hattar VP, Network Systems and Security Solutions Cisco
Mark Hura Global Smart Grid Commercial Leader GE Energy T&D
Erfan Ibrahim Technical Executive EPRI
Joel Ibarbia Senior Consulting Engineer - SmartMeter PG&E SmartMeter Engineering and Planning
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
Zahra Makoui Supervisor - Smart Grid Communication Standards Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Ali Morabbi Manager, Power System Information Technology LADWP
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Mark McGranaghan VP EPRI
John Nelson Chief, Electricity & Renewables Defense Energy Support Center
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Scott Pugh Science & Technology Directorate Department of Homeland Security
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Weston Sylvester Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid Siemens Energy, Inc.
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

Topics include (but not limited to):

WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Forum Sponsors:
Itron, CODA Automotive

WINMEC Sponsors:
Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, QUALCOMM, Raytheon, Symbol Technologies, Tescom Co.

Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Symbol, Maxell, Motorola Inc., Zebra, Quantum Route, Inc., Convergence Systems Limited, Magellan Technology (Australia), Confidex, Alien Technology, Intemec, UPM Raflatac, TagSense, Albis Technologies, Metalcraft Inc., Roxtron, Invengo

Media Sponsors:
Smart Grid Conference

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