Harnessing Grid Flexibility: Control and Operation

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:00am
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Dr. Sonja Glavaski

Program Director

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

US Department of Energy


The increasing use of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as residential solar and home energy storage, along with customers’ changing energy use patterns is leading to greater uncertainty and variability in the electric grid. To address arising operational challenges, to harness the flexibility, and to enhance the resiliency of our nation’s electrical grid, we need new approaches to coordinated management of bulk generation, DERs, flexible loads, and storage assets with multiple roles, and revenue streams.


This talk will identify opportunities in developing next generation control technologies and grid operation paradigms that address these challenges and enable secure, stable, and reliable transmission and distribution of electrical power. Summary of ARPA-E NODES (Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems) Program funding development of technologies that enable increased integration of DERs and reduce cost for customers with smart technologies will be presented.


Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), US Department of Energy. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control and optimization in complex, cyber-physical, and networked systems with applications to control, monitoring, and security of energy systems. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems.


Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Manager at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs.


Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.


Hosted by: Professor Francesco Borrelli, 5133 Etcheverry Hall, 510- 643-3871, fborrelli@berkeley.edu