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REPOWGEE – Workshop on Resilient Power Grids and Extreme Events


07.10.2013 - 09.10.2013
Michelson Building, Potsdam, Germany

Many countries, including Japan and Germany, face the problem that reducing greenhouse gas emissions while phasing out nuclear energy requires a transformation of the energy system that includes large amounts of renewable energy production, and the latter is highly influenced by extreme weather events which are likely to get more frequent and more severe due to climate change. Extreme events influence not only the availability of energy (much research has been done on this), but also and of more fundamental importance, the stability of the whole power grid, which is not yet understood sufficiently.

A thorough investigation of the interrelationship between extreme events, grid stability, and the economic consequences of power outages during extreme events under conditions of climate change and growing renewable energy production, and the question of how to cost-efficiently design a resilient grid may need the viewpoints of global systems science and interacting networks of networks, considering interactions and correlations in the network-like structure of the global power grid, the global climate/weather system, and socio-economic systems. At the same time, grid operation and control will profit from advanced methods from control theory of networks of coupled oscillators, and from advanced data analysis techniques such as recurrence plots and recurrence networks.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and FIRST, Aihara Innovative Mathematical Modelling Project, invite you to take part in this exciting and fully covered Japanese-European transdisciplinary workshop, taking place from noon of October 7 to early afternoon of October 9, 2013, in the exceptional and beautifully located Michelson Building known for the historical 1881 Michelson Experiment.

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