Skip to main content

Daniel Kirschen

  • Professor
  • Associate Chair for Education and Entrepreneurship

Dan 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.

2uweeViewNews Object
(
    [_showAnnouncements:protected] => 
    [_showTitle:protected] => 
    [showMore] => 
    [_type:protected] => spotlight
    [_from:protected] => person
    [_args:protected] => Array
        (
            [post_type] => spotlight
            [date_query] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [after] => Array
                                (
                                    [year] => 2015
                                    [month] => 8
                                    [day] => 22
                                )

                        )

                )

            [meta_query] => Array
                (
                    [relation] => AND
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => type
                            [value] => news
                            [compare] => LIKE
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [key] => subjects
                            [value] => "803"
                            [compare] => LIKE
                        )

                )

            [posts_per_page] => 6
            [post_status] => publish
        )

    [_jids:protected] => 
    [_taxa:protected] => Array
        (
        )

    [_meta:protected] => Array
        (
            [0] => Array
                (
                    [key] => type
                    [value] => news
                    [compare] => LIKE
                )

            [1] => Array
                (
                    [key] => subjects
                    [value] => "803"
                    [compare] => LIKE
                )

        )

    [_metarelation:protected] => AND
    [_results:protected] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 11233
                    [post_author] => 12
                    [post_date] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => Leading-edge research accelerates scalable clean energy innovations
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => leading-edge-research-accelerates-scalable-clean-energy-innovations
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://www.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=11233
                    [menu_order] => 1
                    [post_type] => spotlight
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [1] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 1539
                    [post_author] => 15
                    [post_date] => 2015-10-12 01:00:33
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2015-10-12 01:00:33
                    [post_content] => Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) matching a $2.25 million Department of CommerceClean Energy Fund grant, a team of UW EE researchers led by Assistant Professor Miguel Ortega-Vazquez and Professor Daniel Kirschen will be working on a regional clean energy research project to develop the technology needed to create responsive and energy efficient buildings.

The regional partnership involves three campuses across the state: the University of Washington, Washington State University and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This is the first time researchers will be testing transactive controls on this large of a scale. By combining dynamic control techniques that alter the amount of energy used in various devices or grids, transactive controls reduce energy costs and consumption. The project will establish a test bed that will be available for use by other research projects following completion of the study, which is anticipated in 2017.

“Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of total U.S. energy consumption. With the advent of two-way communications and other ways to interact with the consumers under the Smart Grid paradigm, this demand-side resource will gain higher degrees of control and flexibility,” Ortega-Vazquez said. “This flexibility is fundamental to increase the overall energy efficiency and to be able to accommodate larger amounts or renewable energy in our power grids.”

The test bed will involve the installation of multiple smart inverters at UW, to control the power produced from solar panels, and eventually feed campus-produced photovoltaic power into the power grid. The student-run organization UW Solar will be involved in installing solar panels for the project. A lithium-ion battery energy storage system will also be added to increase the flexibility of the power consumption across campus. UW researchers will also utilize their expertise in data analytics to develop strategies to make buildings responsive to transactive control signals.

By spanning three campuses, the project will enable buildings and equipment across all three sites to communicate with each other to automatically adjust energy usage according to data such as energy prices and time of day. The project builds on the recently completed Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involved all three entities.

See Also:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News Release
                    [post_title] => UW EE Researchers to Develop Smart Building Technology Through Regional Partnership
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => uw-ee-researchers-to-develop-smart-building-technology-through-regional-partnership
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2016-04-22 22:03:12
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-04-22 22:03:12
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=1539
                    [menu_order] => 883
                    [post_type] => spotlight
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

        )

    [_numposts:protected] => 6
    [_rendered:protected] => 1
    [_classes:protected] => Array
        (
            [0] => block--spotlight-tiles
        )

    [_finalHTML:protected] => 
    [_postID:protected] => 803
    [_errors:protected] => Array
        (
        )

    [_block:protected] => 
    [_db:protected] => WP_Query Object
        (
            [query] => Array
                (
                    [post_type] => spotlight
                    [date_query] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [after] => Array
                                        (
                                            [year] => 2015
                                            [month] => 8
                                            [day] => 22
                                        )

                                )

                        )

                    [meta_query] => Array
                        (
                            [relation] => AND
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => type
                                    [value] => news
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => subjects
                                    [value] => "803"
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                        )

                    [posts_per_page] => 6
                    [post_status] => publish
                )

            [query_vars] => Array
                (
                    [post_type] => spotlight
                    [date_query] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [after] => Array
                                        (
                                            [year] => 2015
                                            [month] => 8
                                            [day] => 22
                                        )

                                )

                        )

                    [meta_query] => Array
                        (
                            [relation] => AND
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => type
                                    [value] => news
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => subjects
                                    [value] => "803"
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                        )

                    [posts_per_page] => 6
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [error] => 
                    [m] => 
                    [p] => 0
                    [post_parent] => 
                    [subpost] => 
                    [subpost_id] => 
                    [attachment] => 
                    [attachment_id] => 0
                    [name] => 
                    [static] => 
                    [pagename] => 
                    [page_id] => 0
                    [second] => 
                    [minute] => 
                    [hour] => 
                    [day] => 0
                    [monthnum] => 0
                    [year] => 0
                    [w] => 0
                    [category_name] => 
                    [tag] => 
                    [cat] => 
                    [tag_id] => 
                    [author] => 
                    [author_name] => 
                    [feed] => 
                    [tb] => 
                    [paged] => 0
                    [meta_key] => 
                    [meta_value] => 
                    [preview] => 
                    [s] => 
                    [sentence] => 
                    [title] => 
                    [fields] => 
                    [menu_order] => 
                    [embed] => 
                    [category__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [category__not_in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [category__and] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [post__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [post__not_in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [post_name__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [tag__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [tag__not_in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [tag__and] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [tag_slug__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [tag_slug__and] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [post_parent__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [post_parent__not_in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [author__in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [author__not_in] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [orderby] => menu_order
                    [order] => ASC
                    [ignore_sticky_posts] => 
                    [suppress_filters] => 
                    [cache_results] => 1
                    [update_post_term_cache] => 1
                    [lazy_load_term_meta] => 1
                    [update_post_meta_cache] => 1
                    [nopaging] => 
                    [comments_per_page] => 50
                    [no_found_rows] => 
                )

            [tax_query] => WP_Tax_Query Object
                (
                    [queries] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [relation] => AND
                    [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [queried_terms] => Array
                        (
                        )

                    [primary_table] => wp_posts
                    [primary_id_column] => ID
                )

            [meta_query] => WP_Meta_Query Object
                (
                    [queries] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => type
                                    [value] => news
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                            [1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => subjects
                                    [value] => "803"
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                )

                            [relation] => AND
                        )

                    [relation] => AND
                    [meta_table] => wp_postmeta
                    [meta_id_column] => post_id
                    [primary_table] => wp_posts
                    [primary_id_column] => ID
                    [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => wp_postmeta
                            [1] => mt1
                        )

                    [clauses:protected] => Array
                        (
                            [wp_postmeta] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => type
                                    [value] => news
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                    [alias] => wp_postmeta
                                    [cast] => CHAR
                                )

                            [mt1] => Array
                                (
                                    [key] => subjects
                                    [value] => "803"
                                    [compare] => LIKE
                                    [alias] => mt1
                                    [cast] => CHAR
                                )

                        )

                    [has_or_relation:protected] => 
                )

            [date_query] => WP_Date_Query Object
                (
                    [queries] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => Array
                                (
                                    [after] => Array
                                        (
                                            [year] => 2015
                                            [month] => 8
                                            [day] => 22
                                        )

                                    [column] => post_date
                                    [compare] => =
                                    [relation] => AND
                                )

                            [column] => post_date
                            [compare] => =
                            [relation] => AND
                        )

                    [relation] => AND
                    [column] => wp_posts.post_date
                    [compare] => =
                    [time_keys] => Array
                        (
                            [0] => after
                            [1] => before
                            [2] => year
                            [3] => month
                            [4] => monthnum
                            [5] => week
                            [6] => w
                            [7] => dayofyear
                            [8] => day
                            [9] => dayofweek
                            [10] => dayofweek_iso
                            [11] => hour
                            [12] => minute
                            [13] => second
                        )

                )

            [request] => SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS  wp_posts.ID FROM wp_posts  INNER JOIN wp_postmeta ON ( wp_posts.ID = wp_postmeta.post_id )  INNER JOIN wp_postmeta AS mt1 ON ( wp_posts.ID = mt1.post_id ) WHERE 1=1  AND ( 
  wp_posts.post_date > '2015-08-22 23:59:59'
) AND ( 
  ( wp_postmeta.meta_key = 'type' AND wp_postmeta.meta_value LIKE '%news%' ) 
  AND 
  ( mt1.meta_key = 'subjects' AND mt1.meta_value LIKE '%\"803\"%' )
) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'spotlight' AND ((wp_posts.post_status = 'publish')) GROUP BY wp_posts.ID ORDER BY wp_posts.menu_order ASC LIMIT 0, 6
            [posts] => Array
                (
                    [0] => WP_Post Object
                        (
                            [ID] => 11233
                            [post_author] => 12
                            [post_date] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                            [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                            [post_content] => 
                            [post_title] => Leading-edge research accelerates scalable clean energy innovations
                            [post_excerpt] => 
                            [post_status] => publish
                            [comment_status] => closed
                            [ping_status] => closed
                            [post_password] => 
                            [post_name] => leading-edge-research-accelerates-scalable-clean-energy-innovations
                            [to_ping] => 
                            [pinged] => 
                            [post_modified] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                            [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                            [post_content_filtered] => 
                            [post_parent] => 0
                            [guid] => http://www.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=11233
                            [menu_order] => 1
                            [post_type] => spotlight
                            [post_mime_type] => 
                            [comment_count] => 0
                            [filter] => raw
                        )

                    [1] => WP_Post Object
                        (
                            [ID] => 1539
                            [post_author] => 15
                            [post_date] => 2015-10-12 01:00:33
                            [post_date_gmt] => 2015-10-12 01:00:33
                            [post_content] => Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) matching a $2.25 million Department of CommerceClean Energy Fund grant, a team of UW EE researchers led by Assistant Professor Miguel Ortega-Vazquez and Professor Daniel Kirschen will be working on a regional clean energy research project to develop the technology needed to create responsive and energy efficient buildings.

The regional partnership involves three campuses across the state: the University of Washington, Washington State University and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This is the first time researchers will be testing transactive controls on this large of a scale. By combining dynamic control techniques that alter the amount of energy used in various devices or grids, transactive controls reduce energy costs and consumption. The project will establish a test bed that will be available for use by other research projects following completion of the study, which is anticipated in 2017.

“Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of total U.S. energy consumption. With the advent of two-way communications and other ways to interact with the consumers under the Smart Grid paradigm, this demand-side resource will gain higher degrees of control and flexibility,” Ortega-Vazquez said. “This flexibility is fundamental to increase the overall energy efficiency and to be able to accommodate larger amounts or renewable energy in our power grids.”

The test bed will involve the installation of multiple smart inverters at UW, to control the power produced from solar panels, and eventually feed campus-produced photovoltaic power into the power grid. The student-run organization UW Solar will be involved in installing solar panels for the project. A lithium-ion battery energy storage system will also be added to increase the flexibility of the power consumption across campus. UW researchers will also utilize their expertise in data analytics to develop strategies to make buildings responsive to transactive control signals.

By spanning three campuses, the project will enable buildings and equipment across all three sites to communicate with each other to automatically adjust energy usage according to data such as energy prices and time of day. The project builds on the recently completed Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involved all three entities.

See Also:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News Release
                            [post_title] => UW EE Researchers to Develop Smart Building Technology Through Regional Partnership
                            [post_excerpt] => 
                            [post_status] => publish
                            [comment_status] => closed
                            [ping_status] => closed
                            [post_password] => 
                            [post_name] => uw-ee-researchers-to-develop-smart-building-technology-through-regional-partnership
                            [to_ping] => 
                            [pinged] => 
                            [post_modified] => 2016-04-22 22:03:12
                            [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-04-22 22:03:12
                            [post_content_filtered] => 
                            [post_parent] => 0
                            [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=1539
                            [menu_order] => 883
                            [post_type] => spotlight
                            [post_mime_type] => 
                            [comment_count] => 0
                            [filter] => raw
                        )

                )

            [post_count] => 2
            [current_post] => -1
            [in_the_loop] => 
            [post] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 11233
                    [post_author] => 12
                    [post_date] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                    [post_content] => 
                    [post_title] => Leading-edge research accelerates scalable clean energy innovations
                    [post_excerpt] => 
                    [post_status] => publish
                    [comment_status] => closed
                    [ping_status] => closed
                    [post_password] => 
                    [post_name] => leading-edge-research-accelerates-scalable-clean-energy-innovations
                    [to_ping] => 
                    [pinged] => 
                    [post_modified] => 2017-08-21 15:24:13
                    [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-21 22:24:13
                    [post_content_filtered] => 
                    [post_parent] => 0
                    [guid] => http://www.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=11233
                    [menu_order] => 1
                    [post_type] => spotlight
                    [post_mime_type] => 
                    [comment_count] => 0
                    [filter] => raw
                )

            [comment_count] => 0
            [current_comment] => -1
            [found_posts] => 2
            [max_num_pages] => 1
            [max_num_comment_pages] => 0
            [is_single] => 
            [is_preview] => 
            [is_page] => 
            [is_archive] => 1
            [is_date] => 
            [is_year] => 
            [is_month] => 
            [is_day] => 
            [is_time] => 
            [is_author] => 
            [is_category] => 
            [is_tag] => 
            [is_tax] => 
            [is_search] => 
            [is_feed] => 
            [is_comment_feed] => 
            [is_trackback] => 
            [is_home] => 
            [is_404] => 
            [is_embed] => 
            [is_paged] => 
            [is_admin] => 
            [is_attachment] => 
            [is_singular] => 
            [is_robots] => 
            [is_posts_page] => 
            [is_post_type_archive] => 1
            [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 4c68866c43f6c1b4a5eb765443a061a7
            [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1
            [thumbnails_cached] => 
            [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => 
            [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array
                (
                    [0] => query_vars_hash
                    [1] => query_vars_changed
                )

            [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array
                (
                    [0] => init_query_flags
                    [1] => parse_tax_query
                )

        )

)
 

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.
Daniel Kirschen Headshot
Phone206-543-2174
kirschen@uw.edu
Web PageClick Here
Mail
EEB M326

Associated Labs

Research Areas

Affiliations

Education

  • 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