Microgrid Talk

San Francisco Chapter Meeting Notice:  Tuesday – January 28, 2014

Subject: Microgrid Talk Bio and Abstract
A microgrid is a small power system composed of one or more distributed energy resources which can be operated independently from the power grid. The concept was introduced in late 1990s. With the new development of distributed generations, for example, wind, fuel cell, and solar, and other new technologies, migrogrid is being implemented and commercialized. Market data predicts that microgrid vendor revenue will increase to $12 billion in 2018. In this presentation, Dr. Liu will talk about the definition, application, technical development, and technical challenge of microgrid. Dr. Liu will also share some real case studies where Schneider Electric has been involved.

Speaker:  Dr. Yazhou (Joel) Liu
Dr. Yazhou (Joel) Liu is a Principal Engineer and Engineering Manager in Schneider Electric Power System Engineering group. He is managing the engineering services team in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Before joining Schneider Electric, he worked for THALES and Honeywell to design airplane electrical power systems.

Dr. Liu received his B.S. and M.S. from Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China, and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, all in electrical engineering with focus on power system engineering. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Center for Advanced Power System on the project of Navy All Electric Ship power system conceptual design. He has published over ten technical papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and two book chapters. He has been invited to give presentations at several US and international conferences, and he is also a frequent reviewer on international peer-reviewed journals in power engineering. He is an IEEE Sr. member and was a member of IEEE Task Force on Harmonic Modeling and Simulation. He is registered as a PE in the state of California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.  He was awarded as one of “New Faces of Engineering” by National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 2006.

Tuesday January 28, 2014
5:30 pm (Arrival/relax time)
6:00 pm (Presentation)
7:00 pm  (Dinner)

Sinbad’s Restaurant
Pier 2 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA  94111   415.781.2555
(short walk from Embarcadero BART)
Student Members:
$10 (at the door) discounted cost for first 5 reserved IEEE Student Members.
Reserve Online:
(Pre-pay optional)


Brandon Yee   510-220-4486
YEI Engineering (Oakland)                                byee@yeiengineers.com