'Very exciting time' ahead for power industry, energy expert says

May 27, 2015 by Andrew Careaga, Missouri University of Science and Technology
‘Very exciting time’ ahead for power industry, energy expert says
The growth in renewable energy, like wind and solar, will lead to new opportunities for power engineering.

New developments in the field of power electronics could lead to greater flexibility for the nation's electrical power grid, says an expert in power engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

"I believe the next 10 years is going to be a very exciting time in the power industry," says Dr. Mariesa Crow, the F. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T. The key, she says, will be advancements in power electronics – instruments that control and convert electric power, such as semiconductor switching devices.

The next generation of power electronics will be "smaller, faster and more agile," Crow says in a recent interview with Intelligent Utility magazine. Crow was interviewed as part of the magazine's "women-in-" series of articles.

"Power electronics are going to make the power system more flexible, allowing us to really control how the power flows in the system much like you might consider traffic lights controlling traffic flow," Crow says. "Power electronics will provide greater stability, particularly in terms of frequency control on the system incorporating large amounts of as opposed to the traditional rotating machine."

At Missouri S&T, Crow leads the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET). The consortium is part of a U.S. Department of Energy effort to support power systems research and development and develop coursework for the renewable energy workforce. Missouri S&T leads the MARMET group; other members are the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

In the May 19 Intelligent Utility interview, Crow says that innovations in will lead to more widespread integration, which will help determine "how we use energy storage and how we can shape the energy storage response in the system."

"In effect, we're going to see a lot more control of voltage and frequency in the system and the development and implementation of a lot of new technology and devices," Crow says.

Also in the Intelligent Utility interview, Crow discusses the importance of educating the next generation of engineers for what she describes as a "very rich field in which to work as we begin integrating new technologies into the existing legacy system."

"I truly believe the most important thing is to teach young people how to solve problems; how to think logically; and how to determine issues and come up with one or more solutions to any given problem."

Crow also discusses her vision of a "fully integrated" future energy system that gives people "control over the energy in their lives much like we have control over the information in our lives."

Crow is active in the professional organization IEEE and is vice president of publications for the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

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gkam
1.8 / 5 (5) May 27, 2015
This has been a focus for decades. In the 1980's those of us on EPRI committees voted funds for a Power Electronics Applications Center, to test and help develop power electronics, but it did not work out, so they just did Power Quality testing and education. I taught the seminars for them for years.
gkam
1.8 / 5 (5) May 27, 2015
If otto does not believe my post, he can ask for some of my course material in Power Quality.

But he has to say "Please".
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (6) May 27, 2015
If otto does not believe my post, he can ask for some of my course material in Power Quality.

But he has to say "Please".
Would it include such insightful things as:

Fallout is the MAIN cause of lung cancer

Dried manure is called volatile solids and is a MAJOR polluter of the 'high atmosphere' (??) in CA

H2 explosions can cause dirty molten Pu puddles to fission and throw imaginary reactor parts 130 km

HIGH ENERGY alpha cannot penetrate the skin

Its ok to double the number and intensity of earthquakes for effect

Graphene and graphite are the same things

Merely standing in a facility can tell you how it works and how it was designed

Etcetcetcetc

-? If so I think Ill pass.
gkam
2.3 / 5 (3) May 27, 2015
Those of us with professional experience in the power industry see great days ahead for simpler technologies, ones we can fix ourselves, deal with and understand, not needing a Nuclear Priesthood to tell us what we can and can't find out about what they are doing.

Those on the sidelines are new to all of this, and still think we can find some Magic Box.
gkam
2.3 / 5 (3) May 27, 2015
Here is one kind you will not find again on the West coast after we get rid of those at Avila Beach.

http://nuclear-ne...kushima/
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) May 27, 2015
Those of us with professional experience
So how do claims of professional experience along with revealing your real name, make any of the items in the list I posted above any less WRONG?

You really need to explain this because it makes absolutely no sense to anyone here but you.

EXPLAIN George.
gkam
2.3 / 5 (3) May 28, 2015
No,otto, I do not needto explain to a ghost, a cowardly sniper, one who had already admited he is here to play "games" with the rest of us.

You are anonymous, hiding. I am real. No contest,.

But do not stop commenting. My VA psychologist wants all the stuff he can find about you, for his interest in the "otto Syndrome". We may go look you up and find out where you actually cower.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) May 28, 2015
No,otto, I do not needto explain to a ghost, a cowardly sniper, one who had already admited he is here to play "games" with the rest of us
'The rest of us' according to your criteria are cowardly because they post anonymously. Anyone who disagrees with the great king George in his gold-studded jock is a goober.

But the facts speak for themselves. ANYONE who thinks that fallout is the MAIN cause of lung cancer is wrong no matter what his name is or what he has done.

And ANYONE can prove him wrong simply by checking the CDC website. No goobers there George, only lots of experts much smarter and more experienced than you.

You post this bullshit and then you resent the fact that anyone would question a person with such a pedigree as yours.

Can you understand how SICK this is?

Explain please why your pedigree makes it ok to double the number and intensity of earthquakes in CA on any given day.

Explain.
gkam
2 / 5 (4) May 28, 2015
It's not going to save you from the report, otto. Trying now to look more composed is just silly, considering we have forever your own words, many in all caps. My favorite ones are where you brag how you are a lurker here, playing your games with those of us who are here for debate and information.

Sorry, but I am real, and you are a pseudonym, one who had no idea whatever what engineers did every day, thinking they were all alike, and to "be" one, you had to have a piece of paper that said "Engineer" on it.

I think otto lives in a library, with big walls between him and reality.
RealityCheck
1.7 / 5 (6) May 28, 2015
Hi Otto. :)

Mate, by any objective metric, your hole is already way too deep for you. You are obviously out of your depth, in more ways than one. Demonstrate some UN-troll-like intelligence. Stop digging. :)
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) May 28, 2015
It's not going to save you from the report, otto
The screwball has his pretend army of psychiatrists tracking ottos movements because they obviously have nothing better to do than protect gkam from insult.

Do you KNOW how sick this sounds? The pussytard menagerie used to make similar such psychotic threats.

Careful george your cracked persona is emerging.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) May 28, 2015
Hi Otto. :)

Mate, by any objective metric, your hole is already way too deep for you. You are obviously out of your depth, in more ways than one. Demonstrate some UN-troll-like intelligence. Stop digging. :)
Sorry but anyone who posts such insanity as

Fallout is the MAIN cause of lung cancer

Dried manure is called volatile solids and is a MAJOR polluter of the 'high atmosphere' (??) in CA

H2 explosions can cause dirty molten Pu puddles to fission and throw imaginary reactor parts 130 km

HIGH ENERGY alpha cannot penetrate the skin

Its ok to double the number and intensity of earthquakes for effect

Graphene and graphite are the same things

Merely standing in a facility can tell you how it works and how it was designed

Etcetcetcetc

-can expect to be called on it.

Including you.
gkam
2 / 5 (4) May 28, 2015
They are all correct, otto, you've made not only a fool but an example of yourself.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) May 28, 2015
They are all correct, otto, you've made not only a fool but an example of yourself.
Lets take the first one.

"Fallout is the MAIN cause of lung cancer"
http://www.cdc.go...tors.htm

-Not even on the list you moron.

The CDC is not wiki.

I posted this a few days ago. Anybody can read it and know for a fact that you are full of shit.

Does this not concern you?

How about this one:

"Its ok to double the number and intensity of earthquakes for effect"

-This speaks to your integrity. Youre saying its ok for YOU to make up earthquake statistics. And the reason you have given is that youve actually weathered a few.

What do you have to say for yourself?
gkam
2.3 / 5 (3) May 28, 2015
I wish I was younger and back in the industry. These days and the years ahead are going to be very interesting to those with knowledge of the choices and alternatives available now and those coming soon.

The secret is in the opportunity now for everyone to integrate technologies for synergy.

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