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Colloquium Announcement: James Rarick 4-19-13

Apr 15, 2013

Speaker: James Rarick
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall

State-of-the-Art Implementations of Distributed Power Generation, Storage and Restoration


Traditional models of electrical power generation are being challenged with recent developments of alternative energy sources at various points along the grid. Previously untapped energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, etc., provide great opportunities for additional (and environmentally friendly) power. Energy storage solutions afford new means of delivering power to offset demand at peak times, as well as providing greater electrical system reliability. However, incorporating new sources of energy into the electrical grid at almost any point pose great challenges. In addition, the demand for electrical system reliability and cost-effectiveness put constant strain on electrical distribution management. S&C Electric is at the forefront of providing the products to incorporate new energy sources and self-healing control systems. This talk will describe these issues as well as real examples of solutions available in the marketplace today.

About the speaker:
After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, James Rarick went on to work as an electrical engineer for Zenith Controls. He is currently a senior software engineer for S & C Electric working on medium voltage (>480V) power quality products (like UPS and static transfer switches), embedded operating systems, and software agent based self-healing grid restoration systems.

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