March 20, 2019
Creation of Fundamental Theory and Technology to Establish a Cooperative Distributed Energy Management System and Integration of Technologies Across Broad Disciplines Toward Social Application
JST-CREST “Creation of Fundamental Theory and Technology to Establish a Cooperative Distributed Energy Management System and Integration of Technologies Across Broad Disciplines Toward Social Application (EMS)” (Research Supervisor: Prof. Masayuki Fujita, Tokyo Institute of Technology), NSF (National Science Foundation) and the RCN (The Research Council of Norway) jointly held the 2019 JST-NSF-RCN Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems in Mumbai, India. Following the success of the last four international workshops in 2013 (Hawaii), 2015 (Virginia), 2016 (Heidelberg), and 2017(Tokyo), this 5th workshop was organized in order for all participants to share research progress and develop a network among each other for future collaborations with supporting by IIT Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay). About 70 participants, including 15 researchers mainly from CREST-EMS in Japan, took part in the workshop.
The workshop started with the opening talk by Dr. Baylon G. Fernandes, Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay. Afterwards, Prof. Masayuki Fujita, Research Supervisor to CREST-EMS and Dr. Anil Pahwa, Program Director at NSF presented the objectives of the workshop and expectations for each of the coming sessions, at the opening session. They shared the importance of strengthening existing networks to deliver innovative solutions to society's energy challenges by leveraging international research collaborations.
Each research team of CREST and young researchers also made their presentations. Five research directors of the CREST-EMS introduced their research efforts in relation to the topics of the workshop and progress, and issues of international cooperation. Prof. Vijay Vittal from Arizona State University and 17 presenters from U.S.A., 1 presenter from SINTEF at Norway, and 17 researchers from India presented about their research and issues. A poster session was also organized and 38 researchers including CREST-EMS young researchers. In the middle of the workshop, tour of the laboratories were held in IITB Department of Electrical Engineering with lively discussion.
At the closing session of the workshop, Dr. JBV Reddy, Principal Scientific Officer at DST and other representatives of FAs were pleased with the successful networking and practical international cooperation that has been built as a result of the past four workshops. They also emphasized importance of FA's further support to the EMS research area in close cooperation with other funding agencies.
It is expected that the five workshops, including the most recent, and additional support from funding agencies, will lead to further promotion of international cooperation and leverage innovative research in the field of cooperative distributed energy management systems continuously in the future.