Masterclass with Jing Jiang

8 November 2023
UWA Institute of Advanced Studies
Honours Students, Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


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Integrated Hybrid Power Systems with Small Modular Reactors and Renewable Resources in the form of Microgrids

An Institute of Advanced Studies Masterclass with Dr Jing Jiang, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Western Ontario

In this Masterclass, we will look at some instrumentation and control issues associated with different kinds of energy resources in the form of microgrids, in particular, renewable resources. However, one of the significant problems of renewable resources is their intermittency (except hydro plants). Therefore, stable power sources are needed to support load demands while renewable supplies fluctuate. From this prospect, nuclear power can be a viable choice, as nuclear power is stable, sustainable, and does not generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, existing nuclear power plants are large. Therefore, they cannot be easily integrated with renewable energy resources due to discrepancies in their respective power levels and dynamic characteristics. To deal with such issues, a new class of nuclear reactors, known as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), are being developed worldwide to make nuclear energy more comparable with renewable resources in the form of microgrids.

This Masterclass will look at different types of SMRs under development and some international efforts to integrate nuclear power with renewable resources to form hybrid energy systems. Some microgrid configurations for such hybrid energy systems will also be presented. Finally, several latest results will be shared, and, more importantly, some potentially important research topics will also be discussed.

Dr Jing Jiang is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Since 2003, he has been a Senior Industrial Research Chair Professor in Control, Instrumentation, and Electrical Systems in Nuclear Power Plants, sponsored by the Canadian Federal Government and nuclear industries. His research activities include advanced instrumentation and control systems for safety-critical applications, wireless sensor networks for post-accident monitoring systems, and coordination, control, and energy management for microgrids based on renewable energy resources. He has made many original contributions to both academic research and industrial applications. The citation number of his works has reached nearly 20,000 times (according to Google Scholar), and Stanford University rated him among the world's top 2% of scientists in the past three years. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2020), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2010), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2017), and a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) (2019). He has been recognized with many awards, and in 2021, he was honoured as a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the highest civilian honour in Ontario, Canada.

Dr Jing Jiang is a UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow.

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