CRSGI 7th Symposium Initiates Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Research
7th Symposium of the Consortium for Rapid Smart Grid Impact was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from April 23 to 25, 2018. Academic and industry representatives from USA, Brazil, India, and Sri Lanka listened to guest speakers from those countries and Germany about impactful smart grid initiatives and necessary economic initiatives for sustainable projects in South Asian and South American countries. Research presentations and panel sessions created collaboration opportunities for electric vehicle infrastructure projects. Led by a global leader in electric vehicle charging systems, ABB, participants gained a better understanding of necessary research areas. The consortium now consists of universities from seven different countries, US, UK, Brazil, India, China, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Grid Efficiency (GEL) Gets a Phase Lift and More Capabilities
CRSGI research tools, including hardware in loop testing, Landis+Gyr smart meter network, integrated power grid + AMI simulator, renewable energy systems, advanced storage systems, and Schweitzer smart grid controllers are housed in GEL. A research scholar from Brazil, Dr. Rodrigo Oliveira added remote access capabilities to Schweitzer relays. This features allows research from member universities to access the equipment remotely and conduct applied research.
Research Scholar from Northern China Electric Power University at Purdue University Northwest conducting CRSGI related research
Dr. Yaqi Song specializes in the analysis of big data related to electric power. He is a professor at Northern China Eclectic Power University (NCEPU). As communication technologies are integrated into the electric power grid, data generated by intelligent sensor networks and commands need to control smart grid devices become very crucial. This need becomes even greater with the introduction of next-generation wireless communication, 5G. He works with Dr. Athula Kulatunga at Grid Efficiency Lab (GEL) at Purdue University Northwest (PNW).