High temperatures and extreme weather often results in power blackouts. U-M Professor Ian Hiskens discusses the pitfalls of the current electrical system, and the impact of consumer demand on current safeguard systems such as transformers. Hiskens research explores different techniques to implement coordination at the consumer level, allowing electricity demands to be managed and thereby preventing overloads on the electrical grid.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Ian Hiskens is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor at the U-M Energy Institute. Hiskens’s research interests include power system analysis, and analysis and control of nonlinear non-smooth dynamical systems. His areas of specialty are power system dynamics and control, wind power, grid controllability, and inverse problems.