The Yangtze Delta Energy Management Systems Consortium (YD-EMSC) successfully conducted its first workshop from August 9 to 10 in Shanghai, marking a significant milestone in the quest for cutting-edge energy management technologies by the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) and its partners in the Yangtze Delta region.

The YD-EMSC was initiated in April by the JI Professor Mo-Yuen Chow, who is also an IEEE Fellow. The consortium consists of five universities including SJTU, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NJUPT), South East University (SEU), Zhejiang University (ZJU), and Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT). A total of 28 faculty members are in the organization with its mission to develop distributed and collaborative technologies for flexible, expandable, scalable, and resilient energy management systems of evolving networked microgrids for disaster relief and emergent dynamic adhoc power systems.

In the workshop sponsored by JI and the Shanghai Association of Automation (SAA), academic experts from the five universities identified four technical thrusts including situation assessments with awareness and fairness, distributed IoT technologies for SCADA and EMS, EMS security and privacy, AI technologies for smart inverters/converters, EMS. During the workshop, participants also agreed on taking near-term actions to develop a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) testbed for the consortium theme demonstration and validations, a cyber-management-physical simulator and digital twin for the system, and a Smart Collaborative Distributed Energy Management Systems.

The consortium’s next workshop is slated for the spring of 2024 in Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu Province.