Smarter Grids for Cleaner Power
Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, thanks in large part to reliable, low-cost and high-quality electricity. Our electricity industry, however, faces serious challenges, including pollution, a decline in homegrown energy supplies, an aging infrastructure and ever-increasing energy costs.
To address these issues, the energy sector is increasingly embracing ‘smart grids’ to provide cleaner and more resilient power distribution. Using information technology to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably and securely, smart grids are eventually expected to handle everything from renewable and distributed energy generation units to plug-in electric vehicles.
Dr. Ehab El-Saadany, Canada Research Chair in Smart Energy Distribution Systems, is tackling the operational issues involved in transitioning from traditional to smart distribution systems.
As part of his research, Dr. El-Saadany is exploring the means to better control stability and power-sharing issues in electrical grids. Among his innovative projects are developing improved strategies for charging and discharging electric vehicles, designing new protection relay devices and improving the functionality of existing relays.
Dr. El-Saadany’s research will improve the operation of smart distribution systems, leading to reduced carbon emissions and providing a safer, more reliable energy supply for all Canadians.