School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Gurunath Gurrala, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Seminar Date: Thu, 05/12/2019 - 14:00
Venue: 78-222
Host: Dr Feifei Bai

Seminar Type: Guest Research Seminar


Power engineers struggle to get experimental data for research. Proving the conceptual ideas in an actual power grid is close to impossible for academicians. However, there is a tremendous need for high impact research and innovative products to make the grid operations sustain the growing load and penetration of renewables. Network analysers in the 60s gave a very good platform for industries and academicians to verify the conceptual ideas. They are based on bus-branch models of power system. So they lack in exposing the complexity of operation of power system. Later digital computers have replaced the network analyzers for system studies. However, the researchers started losing the feel for physical aspects of system operation to a large extent. Real-time digital simulators have significantly improved the ability of the researchers to provide proof of concept for wide industry adaption. However, they do lack in giving a feel for physical aspects and complexity of power grid operation as experienced by the network operators and field engineers. There is a need for developing laboratory power systems which closely mimic the realistic operation of power system and gives a feel for complexity of operation. The laboratory should be adaptable, scalable, re-configurable as much as possible and should allow modifications for research. The researchers should be able to build proof of concept in the same way as they need to be tested in a real power grid so that the industry adaptation can be accelerated. Based on the above views, the department of electrical engineering faculty are developing “Smart Energy Systems Infrastructure - Hybrid Test Bed” as part of a 5 year DST - FIST funding. This talk will give an overview of the development in progress.      


Gurunath Gurrala received B.Tech from S.V.H. College of Engineering, Machilipatnam, in 2001, M.Tech from J.N.T.U. College of Engineering, Anantapur, in 2003 and Ph.D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 2010. He was an assistant professor in SSN college of engineering, Ongole during 2001-2002 and in Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences (ANITS), Visakhapatnam, during 2003-2005. He was a research engineer in GE Global research, Bangalore during 2010-2012. He was a post doctoral fellow at Texas A&M university, USA during 2012-2013 and also at Oak ridge national lab, USA during 2014-2015. He is currently an assistant professor at department of electrical engineering, Indian Institute of Science. He received Prof DJ Badkas medal for best PhD thesis from Electrical Engineering Department, IISc, Bangalore. He received IEEE PES Outstanding Engineer Award 2018, INAE Young Engineer Award 2015. His papers received best paper award in IEEE General meeting 2015, best poster awards in IEEE industrial society annual meeting 2015 and EEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition 2016. Two of his master students received POSOCO Power System Awards. He is senior member of IEEE and INAE young associate. His research interests include smart grids, power system stability, grid integration of renewables, Microgrid control, high performance computing applications to power systems, nonlinear and adaptive control of power systems.