- Wind turbine technologies
- Photovoltaic technologies
- Battery energy storage Systems
- Other emerging technologies
- Bulk power system planning studies (power flow/stability),
- Volt/Var control and frequency response/regulation,
- Control interactions and electrical resonance (e.g., SSR), and
- Weak grid interactions.
- Typical collector designs and implications for modeling,
- Simplified modeling for bulk power system planning studies, and
- Assumptions and limitations of the simplified model.
- Hierarchy of models and what each type entails (detailed EMT, reduced EMT, user-written vendor specific RMS and generic positive sequence RMS models),
- Use of each model type, and
- Limitations of generic positive sequence models.
- Overview of the 2nd generation generic Renewable Energy System Models (developed in North America, under the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Renewable Energy Modeling Task Force), with a brief comparison between these and the IEC TC88 WG27 generic standard wind turbine generator models,
- Detailed discussion of the latest 2nd generation WECC generic Renewable Energy System Models (Note: these models are current available in the latest versions of the most commonly used commercial power system software simulation platforms in North America, i.e., Siemens PTI PSS®E, GE PSLFTM, PowerWorld Simulator and PowerTech Labs TSAT), and
- Ongoing model development efforts.
- Validation of individual wind turbine generators/PV inverters,
- Verifying Real and Reactive Power Capability of wind/PV power plants,
- Validation of the volt/var controls of wind/PV power plants, and
- Validation of the primary frequency response capabilities of wind/PV power plants.
Power and Energy, Analysis, Consulting and Education PLLC
Dr. Pourbeik has served the electric power and energy industry as a consultant and a researcher since 1997. He completed his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1993 and 1997, respectively, at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He worked for GE Power Systems Energy Consulting from 1997 to 2000, as an application engineer. From 2000 to 2006 he was with ABB Inc. in the Electric Systems Consulting group rising to the highest technical position as an Executive Consultant. From 2006 to 2016 he worked for the Electric Power Research Institute, again rising to one of the highest technical positions as a Senior Technical Executive. In March 2016, Dr. Pourbeik founded Power and Energy, Analysis, Consulting and Education, PLLC.
Throughout his career Dr. Pourbeik has lead and performed numerous consulting and research projects spanning a wide range of electric power system technical performance issues. He has also extensively performed generator model validation and field testing in North America and overseas. He has lead and performed studies related to power flow analysis, transient and small-signal stability analysis, voltage stability analysis, modeling and model validation of generation and transmission equipment, integration of renewable energy systems, subsynchronous resonance and torsional interaction issues, application of FACTS and HVDC, electromagnetic transients associated with line/cable switching, shunt capacitor switching and shunt and series reactor switching, overvoltage protection of series capacitors, and many other aspects of power systems technical performance. He has been, and continues to be, a major technical contributor to the development of numerous dynamic models that are presently standard library models in the most popular commercial power system planning software tools, including models for wind generation, photovoltaic generation, battery energy storage, HVDC systems, SVC and STATCOMs, dynamic load models, turbine-governor models for gas turbines and combinedcycle power plants, and several other models associated with conventional synchronous generators. He is also the developer of numerous model validation tools, which are used by numerous utilities, independent system operators and other power authorities in North America and outside of the US.