Conference Details:

Rapid urbanization and increasing population growth resulting in high demand for electricity every day, which in turn causing an imbalance in the present grid system. The choice of resources for electricity generation is an important concern. It is observed that the availability of power in India has been improved; however, the demand is also rapidly increasing. The probable alternative to mitigate the above issues can be compensated through the use of renewable energy. As a carbon-neutral concept, renewable energy is now being used worldwide to a greater extent to meet power consumption globally. Presently, smart grids are being used and have the potential to facilitate the performance of the grid system. The terminology “smart” grids, has been adopted to craft the electric power distribution systems more reliable and efficient. Integration of the promising energy systems such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc. in the smart grids system are confronted with technological challenges.

The conference will be organized with a collaborative effort of Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics Department. The primary financial support for the conference will be from AICTE. The proceedings for the conference will be published in IEEE digital libray. A few selected and registered full papers may be considered for publication in the reputed Scopus indexed journal.

Objectives and context
"In recent years, the utilization of renewable energy sources in the smart grid system has been increasing. The quest for cleaner, green and more reliable energy sources has considerable implications to the existing power transmission and distribution system. Traditionally the power is generated in bulk and distributed to the large load centers via the transmission lines. The transfer of power was always one way, which is from the utilities to the consumers. Now in the immediate future, renewable energy sources cannot support the entire grid by themselves. So they have to be connected to the main grid acting as auxiliary power sources thus reducing the overall burden on the primary power generation units. A power system having wind-powered turbines, micro-generators, and fuel cell-based system augmenting the main power lines will constitute a distributed power generation (DG) system. In a DG system end-users need not only be passive consumers, but they can be active suppliers to the grid. Distributed generation (DG) is an alternative which is not only gathering momentum but can also playing an important role in meeting the ever-increasing power demands by using an alternative source of energy such as photovoltaic, wind, fuel cells, etc. The need of integrating renewable energy into the power system is to minimize the environmental impact on the conventional plant. Smart grid plays a major role here. The basic objective of smart grid is to promote active customer participation and decision making as well as to create the operating environment in which both utilities and consumers can interact with each other. In smart grids, users can influence utilities by providing DG sources such as photovoltaic modules or energy storage devices at the point of use, and reacting pricing signals."

Relevance
Smart grid provides quality power that meets 21st-century demand which cooperative generation and storage options that fulfill needs considering the changes and the challenges. In smart grids, users can influence utilities by adding distributed generation sources such as photovoltaic modules or energy storage at the point of use and reacting pricing signals. Utilities can improve reliability through the demand response programs, adding distributed generation or energy storage at substations, and providing automated control to the grid. In recent years, utilization of renewable energy resources in smart grid system has been increasing. Renewable-energy resources can be used for power generation as a standalone or isolated system. However, their benefits are significantly enhanced when they are integrated into bigger electric power grids. Each resource is different from the grid’s perspective, and some are easier to integrate than others. With greater use of smart grid technologies, higher degrees and rates of penetration can be accommodated. Leading characteristics of renewable resources that impact their integration into power grids are their size, their location, and their variability. Renewable integration - reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuel by enabling the seamless integration of cleaner, greener energy technologies into our power network.