Secure Power Systems in the Age of Renewable Energy

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Building 9, Level 2, Room 2325


The electric grid is the backbone of our society and economy. It powers our homes, businesses, and transportation systems. With the advances in technology and the increasing use of renewables, the 3D era (decarbonization, decentralization, digitization) of power systems is facing new challenges. I will discuss how such challenges drive power grid evolution and how the temporal fluctuations of renewable sources impact the grid’s vulnerability. I will also provide methods how we are addressing these threats to ensure that the grid remains secure and resilient. I will conclude my talk with a brief description of my future research plans and a few slides about my research supervision, teaching activities, and visibility of my research group.

Brief Biography

Charalambos (Harrys) Konstantinou is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. He is the Principal Investigator of the Secure Next Generation Resilient Systems Laboratory (SENTRY Lab) and a member of the Resilient Computing and Cybersecurity Center (RC3), KAUST. He received the Diploma/M.Eng. degree in ECE from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University (NYU), NY, USA, in 2018. Before joining KAUST, he was an Assistant Professor of ECE with the Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University. His research interests include critical infrastructures security and resilience with special focus on smart grid technologies, renewable energy integration, and real-time simulation. 

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