From discovery science to industrial application: Designing PV-EV integrated Residential Microgrids

Cambridge Network’s latest event in partnership with Cambridge University’s Maxwell Centre will be on Thursday 6th July. Come and join us over a glass of wine and hear a talk about some cutting-edge science research.

This time we welcome Srinivasan Keshav, Robert Sansom Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Technology from the University of Cambridge to talk about designing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electric vehicle (EV) integrated residential microgrids.

Solar photovoltaic systems, electric vehicles and electrical storage devices are all now available off-the-shelf to homeowners both in the UK and around the developed world. Nevertheless, choosing how many solar panels to install and how much storage to buy are costly–yet poorly understood—decisions. Moreover, there is little understanding of the impact of EVs on sizing. This is due to the inherent variability of all three processes: solar generation, residential load, and EV arrivals and departures. In this talk, Keshav will outline the problem, why it is challenging, and recent breakthroughs in my research group in producing sizing algorithms that are theoretically well-grounded yet applicable in practice.

Biography: Keshav’s interests lie broadly at the intersection of computer science and sustainability. He received a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He was subsequently a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs and an Associate Professor at Cornell. In 1999 he left academia to co-found Ensim Corporation and GreenBorder Technologies Inc. Returning to academia, he was at the University of Waterloo in Canada from 2003 to 2019, holding a Canada Research Chair and later the Cisco Chair in Smart Grid. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, ACM, and IEEE, and a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Delhi. He served as Chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Communications, is currently the Vice-Chair of ACM SIGEnergy, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of its magazine, Energy Informatics Review

Venue: The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge CB3 0HE. Free parking on-site, a 10-minute walk from the venue.
The University ‘U’ bus from the city centre / Madingley Road Park and Ride also serves the West Cambridge site and stops outside the centre – see here for details.
Cycle racks are available next to /opposite the building.

This talk is part of a series of more-or-less termly talks ‘From discovery science to industrial application’ run jointly over the last 5 years by Cambridge Network and the University of Cambridge’s Maxwell Centre and kindly hosted at the Maxwell Centre. We feature scientists whose research will possibly be commercialised in the next few years.


The Maxwell Centre JJ Thomson Ave Cambridge CB3 0HE

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