The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to continue its seminar series* regarding energy issues on the University of Kentucky campus. There are also opportunities to participate in online seminars. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

April 18th, 2018

HVDC Power Transmission and its Future Role for Renewable Energy Generation Development in Europe

Dr. Ion Boldea

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Whitehall Classroom Building – CB 102 (Parking South Limestone Garage)

Bio: Dr. Ion Boldea is a Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania, a member of the Romanian Academy, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. Since 1973, when he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at University of Kentucky, he has returned to Lexington more than 15 times as a Visiting Professor and spent here more than 5 years altogether. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Oregon State University, University of Manchester and University of Glasgow in Britain, and Alborg University in Denmark. In 1977, Professor Boldea was part of the original team who established at UK under the leadership of Professor Nasar the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, now part of the Taylor and Francis collection. He is the director and founder since 2001 of the internet-only international “Journal of Electrical Engineering”, www.jee.ro, and served as General Chairman of the biannual IEEE sponsored International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010, www.info-optim.ro. Professor Boldea published extensively in linear and rotary motion electric machines design and controls, more than 200 papers, including 6 that received IEEE best paper awards, and 18 books in USA and the United Kingdom. He has been consulting, lecturing, giving keynote addresses, and holding intensive courses in USA, Europe and Asia for the last 25 years. He has been an IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer since 2008 and lectured in this capacity in USA, Denmark, Italy, and Brazil. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Nikola Tesla Award.

Abstract: 

High and medium voltage DC power transmission is reviving with new power electronics technologies. Its multiple advantages over the legacy AC power transmission system, especially for new applications for distributed energy generation with very high penetration of renewables will be discussed. The presentation covers principles, fundamental structures, components and systems and includes examples of recent developments, especially in Europe.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

 

 

April 4th, 2018

History of rural electrification in Kentucky and East Kentucky Power Cooperative

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Denver York – Senior Vice President of Power Delivery and System Operations

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111), Gatton College of Business and Economics

Bio: Denver York oversees the operations of EKPC’s portion of the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. His areas of responsibility include Transmission Planning, Design and Construction, Operations, Maintenance and supporting functions.

Mr. York is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining EKPC, he worked as an Engineer at Harris Corp. in Palm Bay, Fla. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters degree in Business Administration from Easter Kentucky University.

Abstract: 

The seminar will include an overview of the resources, history, and activities of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), which provides service to half a million homes and businesses in 87 Kentucky counties. The presentation of the utility’s capabilities will cover the power plants and generation methods, including the H.L. Spurlock Station located near Maysville and John Sherman Cooper Station located near Somerset. Details about EKPC’s transmission planning, operations, and maintenance will be discussed, including substation layout and analysis. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of the new Cooperative Solar Farm One. Operated by EKPC, it is one of the largest solar projects in Kentucky, producing 8.5 megawatts with 32,000 solar panels.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.