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Daniel Kirschen

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Daniel Kirschen joined the University of Washington in 2011 after spending 16 years at the University of Manchester (previously UMIST) where he was head of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems research group. Before becoming an academic, Kirschen worked for Control Data and Siemens on the development of advanced application software for electric utility control centers.

Research Interests:

Integration of renewable energy sources in the grid. Power system operation. Power system economics. Resilience of the grid to natural disasters.

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Sustainability advocates see an opportunity; the island is primed for the rebirth of renewable energy. The power grid can be reset and rebuilt around these renewables. However, as experts note, there are a few challenges with this application. With 3.5 million people living in Puerto Rico, the sheer scale and cost of the project is a concern. Additionally, prior to Hurricane Maria, the island used less than 3 percent of their energy from solar and wind.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the immediate need for energy. UW Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Kirschen spoke with the NPR program Marketplace about this challenge.

"I think in the short run, we'd have to built as quickly as possible," Kirschen said. "And what that means is rebuilding as it is.

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Sustainability advocates see an opportunity; the island is primed for the rebirth of renewable energy. The power grid can be reset and rebuilt around these renewables. However, as experts note, there are a few challenges with this application. With 3.5 million people living in Puerto Rico, the sheer scale and cost of the project is a concern. Additionally, prior to Hurricane Maria, the island used less than 3 percent of their energy from solar and wind.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the immediate need for energy. UW Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Kirschen spoke with the NPR program Marketplace about this challenge.

"I think in the short run, we'd have to built as quickly as possible," Kirschen said. "And what that means is rebuilding as it is.

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Sustainability advocates see an opportunity; the island is primed for the rebirth of renewable energy. The power grid can be reset and rebuilt around these renewables. However, as experts note, there are a few challenges with this application. With 3.5 million people living in Puerto Rico, the sheer scale and cost of the project is a concern. Additionally, prior to Hurricane Maria, the island used less than 3 percent of their energy from solar and wind.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the immediate need for energy. UW Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Kirschen spoke with the NPR program Marketplace about this challenge.

"I think in the short run, we'd have to built as quickly as possible," Kirschen said. "And what that means is rebuilding as it is.

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Representative Publications

  • J Ma, V Silva, R Belhomme, D S Kirschen, L F Ochoa, “Evaluating and Planning Flexibility in Sustainable Power Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2013, pp. 200-209
  • M Panteli, P A Crossley, D S Kirschen, D J Sobajic, “Assessing the Impact of Insufficient Situation Awareness on Power System Operation”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 28, No. 3, Aug. 2013, pp. 2967-2977
  • Y Dvorkin, H Pandzic, M A Ortega-Vazquez, D S Kirschen, “A Hybrid Stochastic/Interval Approach to Transmission-Constrained Unit Commitment with Uncertainty,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 30, No. 2, March 2015, pp. 621-631
  • Y Wen, C Guo, H Pandžić, D S Kirschen, “Enhanced Security-Constrained Unit Commitment with Emerging Utility-Scale Energy Storage”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2016, pp. 652-662
  • M. R. Sarker, M. A. Ortega-Vazquez and D. S. Kirschen, "Optimal Coordination and Scheduling of Demand Response via Monetary Incentives," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 1341-1352, May 2015.
  • Y. Dvorkin, M. A. Ortega-Vazquez and D. S. Kirschen, "Wind Generation as a Reserve Provider", IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Vol. 9, Issue 8, pp. 779-787, 2015.
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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1985
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1980
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ingénieur Civil Mécanicien Electricien, 1979
    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium