Special Session 4

Coordinated Operations of Active Distribution Networks
Assist. Prof. Bing Yan, Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, United States
Dr. Wei Lin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Technical Outline of the Session and Topics:

In recent years, distributed energy resources (DERs) (e.g., distributed generators, rooftop solar power, energy storages, electric vehicles) in distribution networks have developed rapidly toward the goal of constructing a low-carbon energy environment. Within such a context, the role of distribution networks, a.k.a. active distribution networks (ADNs), has not been limited as end-users but has come down to a physical platform that integrates numerous DERs. ADNs are physically connected with other networks such as transmission systems and transportation networks, while those connected networks are usually operated by different operators. In addition, DERs in ADNs are usually owned by numerous stakeholders. To efficiently coordinate with numerous network operators and stakeholders, operations of ADNs are evolving as a complex task, particularly with the increasing uncertainties brought by DERs, e.g., rooftop solar power and electric vehicles. The purpose of this special session is to share potential technologies for coordinated operations of active distribution networks.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Modelling and computational methods for physical and information interactions in ADNs.
    • Flexibility and resilience in ADN operations under uncertainties.
    • Business models and market designs in ADNs.
    • AI technologies for ADN operations.
    • Practical experiences in ADNs.