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February Section Meeting "Transforming The Electric Grid"

Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Social gathering starts at 5:00--talk at 5:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Jahns, UW-Madison ECE Department
Location: UW Mechanical Engineering Building, Room ME 1152
1513 Engineering Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

Parking: Lot 17 is the closest. Check this link for space availability.
Menu: Pizza, Beverage, Cookies for $5.00 Donation (Members)
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section events page.
Non-member guests are always welcome.
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Multiple forces are combining to encourage significant expansions in the use of distributed energy resources in the electric grid, including the declining cost of distributed renewable energy sources and major initiatives in some states to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. These drivers, combined with advances in key technologies including microgrids and energy storage, are resulting in rapid increases in the installed electric power production in industrial plants as well as in commercial and residential buildings.

This new distribution system architecture provides a promising framework for distributed energy resources to deliver the same services as we now receive from our current grid system at competitive rates, with reduced power losses, lower emissions, and improved reliability. The challenges and opportunities associated with this re-imagined distribution system architecture will be reviewed, drawing attention to progress that has already been achieved and the substantial work that remains to be done.


Prof. Thomas M. Jahns received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Jahns joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 as a Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a Co-Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), an industrial consortium with over 85 international sponsors. Dr. Jahns is also the Research Director of the Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IESL) at the UW Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI).

Dr. Jahns is a Fellow of IEEE. He received the 2005 IEEE Nikola Tesla Technical Field Award “for pioneering contributions to the design and application of AC permanent magnet machines”. Dr. Jahns is a Past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

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