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Standardizing the interface of all electrical supplies and synchronizing energy sources to the smart grid seen as answer

DALLAS (Jan. 27, 2014) – The more connections made to the smart grid with renewable energy the more chances for power failure, authorities fear. It is widely felt utilities need to find a solution so that a lot of players can work together to maintain the system and make sure no big disasters happen.

In Texas alone there are 500 different power sources connected to the distribution grid, according to Kent Saathoff, retiring VP of operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Professor Qing-Chang Zhong, chairman of Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield in England, says that with increased integration of renewable energy for the smart grid “the more players you have in the system the chance for them to fight with each other is higher and that might lead to failure of the entire power system.” Zhong offers a method of standardizing the interface of all electrical supplies, including conventional power plants and new add-ons [such as wind/solar farms, electrical vehicles and energy storage systems] and a majority of loads with the transmission and distribution networks, by exploiting the synchronization principle of synchronous machines. Zhong says his model opens the prospect of achieving completely autonomous operation of power systems.

Both Zhong and Saathoff spoke by phone on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason [], Zhong from his office in Sheffield and Saathoff from ERCOT headquarters in Austin, Texas. The program originates in Dallas and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.

Professor Zhong will present his findings at the sixth annual IEEE Greentech conference when it convenes in Corpus Christi, Texas, this coming April 3-4 at the Omni Bayfront hotel. Also speaking along with Zhong will be Phrantceena Halres, CEO of Total Protection Services Global, on the subject Green Vulnerabilities and Avoiding Disaster. The public is urged to attend and can register soon at



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