The talk introduces KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and the research related to Smart Electric Grid in the power engineering groups of KTH. The smart grid is the evolving grid of the future widely considered to have at least the following three characteristics; able to integrate all types and all sizes of distributed generation as opposed to mostly centralized generation today; power flow is multi-directional as opposed to mostly one-directional power flow today; and operation is based on real-time data, as opposed to historical data today. The talk will also present some of the European initiatives related to Smart Grids that KTH is participating.
Rajeev Thottappillil holds the Chair in in Electric Power Engineering and Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm since Sept. 01, 2008. Rajeev Thottappillil received the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Calicut, India in 1981, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 1989, and 1992, respectively. After some years of Post-doctoral research in USA, he moved to the High Voltage Research Institute at Uppsala University where he became Associate Professor in 1996, and full Professor in 2000, in the subject area electricity with special emphasis on transients and discharges. He moved to KTH in 2008. Prof. Thottappillil has published more than 200 scientific articles related to lightning and electromagnetic compatibility. He was the chairman of the European Science Foundation COST Action P18 'Physics of Lightning Flash and its Effects during 2005-2009.' He is also a member of SC 77C, IEC on High power transients and member of the CIGRE committee WG C4.407 on lightning parameters for engineering applications. He has been elected as an EMP Fellow by the U.S. Summa Foundation in 2009. Rajeev Thottappillil is the academic coordinator of the EIT KIC InnoEnergy innovation project 'Controllable and Intelligent Power Components - CIPOWER.' He is also the Director of the Swedish Smart Electric Grids and Storage Centre (SweGRIDS) at KTH. His group's research interests include Electromagnetics, High Voltage Engineering and Electric Power Components for future grids.