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Smart Grid Visionary Discusses How To Save Billions in Electricity

The man who coined the term “smart grid” will keynote the Smart Grid Summit on Wednesday in Miami Beach.

Dr. Massoud Amin, Director of the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Minnesota will deliver the keynote on Wednesday, February 2, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

His talk, titled,”Enabling and Stronger and Smarter Energy Infrastructure”, will encompass Dr. Amin’s vision for the construction of a strengthened national power grid that can avert large-scale blackouts, save billions of dollars in wasted electricity, and increase the security of the nation’s essential power supply.

Professor Amin focuses on pioneering RD&D efforts towared developing smart, self healing electrical grids that address all aspects of generation, delivery, and consumption. His session in Miami will discuss:

  • What it will take to bring our electric power grid up to 21st century standards
  • How a smarter grid will integrate sustainable sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power
  • And he will share his thoughts on what should be done to improve the reliability, security, and efficiency of our nation’s electrical infrastructure.

“As Smart-Grid technologies evolve, several challenges must be addressed, such as grid reliability, environmental impacts, equipment constraints and consumer preferences,” said Jon Arnold, founder of ICP, and co-producer of the Smart Grid Summit. “Dr. Amin has a valuable perspective on these issues.”

Dr. Massoud Amin holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership. He is the director of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a full professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota. He teaches graduate courses on smart grids; complex dynamical systems and controls; critical infrastructure security and protection; S&T Policy; and IP valuation and strategy.

Before joining the university in 2003, Dr. Amin directed Infrastructure Security RD&D, and Grid Operations/Planning activities at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. At EPRI he pioneered research in smart grids that has led to the development of 24 technologies that have been transferred to industry.

For information on all of the content presented at the Smart Grid Summit or passes to this session, please visit the event website here.

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