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Invited Lecture: “Smart distribution system: a case study”

Skoltech, AMPaC Megagrant Project Assembly

Presenter: Dr. Saikat Chakrabarti, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India


The smart city prototype in Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), one of the fourteen pilot projects sanctioned by the Ministry of Power (MOP) in 2014, is an important milestone in the smart grid journey of India. Main objective of the project was to develop and implement key solutions and identify the associated challenges in implementing smart distribution system technology in Indian cities. The findings and experiences from this project are working as guidelines for smart city projects in India. Immediate impacts of the functionalities developed in the project will be more efficient operation and control of distribution systems, savings in electricity bills, reduction in peak demand of the utilities, improvement in overall reliability of the network, and enhanced situational awareness at the control centre. The prototype in IITK will act as a testbed for smart‐city related research, development, and training activities for industries, research institutes, and academicians. This talk will present a brief overview of this smart city pilot project in IITK and discuss some of the important analytics developed.

About the author

Dr. S. Chakrabarti completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 2006. Before completing PhD, he worked in Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Limited, India, and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India. After completing PhD, he worked as a Special Scientist in University of Cyprus, Cyprus, and first as a Research Associate and then as a Lecturer in Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Since 2009, he has been working in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, where he is currently a Chair Professor. His research interests are in the areas of power system state estimation, power system dynamics and stability, modelling of power system loads, smart grid, and microgrid. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Editor of IEEE Power Engineering Letters, Associate Editor of International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, and Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.

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