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The Smart Grid - How We Can Use More Wind and Solar Energy

Chapter Meeting
Feb 18 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us for our regular BCSEA Victoria Chapter meeting.

Torsten Broeer will show how a smart grid, in combination with smart loads - including residential end-use appliances - can match electricity demand to the variable supply of wind energy.

Today’s electricity system is not smart. It was not designed to cope with electricity generation from wind power and other variable and distributed energy resources. It needs extra generation capacity to balance fluctuations in wind generating capacity and meet demand. This extra generation reduces the environmental benefits of wind.

A smarter grid - an integrated system approach that includes control of electricity demand - will manage wind and other distributed and variable sources more efficiently.

Presenter: Torsten Broeer studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Hamburg (Germany) and Portsmouth Polytechnic (England). He then worked for several years in industry with companies such as Siemens and Vattenfall Europe. He obtained his M.Sc. in Renewable Energy from the University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 2004 and afterwards joined renewable energy projects in Germany, India, Australia and Canada. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the ‘Institute for Integrated Energy Systems’ at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research work focuses on the “The Potential of Demand Response in supporting the Large Scale Integration of Wind Power into the Power system”. He is a student member of Wind Energy Strategic Network ( WESNet ) in Canada and a Fellowship holder at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). A major part of his research takes place at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the U.S.

Venue accessible, with ramps.

Admission free, no registration required, public welcome.