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Extending the limits in energy production with feedback control

Start Date: January 12, 2015 2:00 PM
End Date: January 12, 2015 3:00 PM

​​Professor Mirosal Krstic

University of California San Diego


Abstract: How do we get the most efficiency in energy production?

Oil/gas drilling and production, photovoltaic cells, and wind turbines are plagued

with dynamic instabilities or large modeling uncertainties that make them

operate considerably below their maximal physically feasible efficiency. The field

of feedback control systems is the hidden enabler of many technologies that use

sensors, actuators, and sophisticated control algorithms to achieve stable

operation of systems at their peak efficiency levels in spite of large modeling

uncertainties and unmeasurable disturbances.

Professor Krstic will review several design tools for control and optimization in

petroleum, solar, and wind energy systems. Those tools come from the fields of

extremum seeking and control of systems modeled by partial differential

Equations.