Professor Elisabetta Tedeschi
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
University of Trento, Italy
Offshore Energy Systems: Innovation and Challenges towards the Green Shift
Abstract: With Europe setting the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and the entire world being engaged in a radical energy transition, there is an increasing urge to find innovative ways of generating, transmitting and saving energy, and no domains or applications can be left aside. Within this context, offshore energy systems can play a pivotal role in the green shift: ocean renewable sources have tremendous potential, and their exploitation is growing year by year. At the same time, the offshore environment hosts energy-intensive and technology-driven industrial applications that are being progressively electrified and digitalized to adhere to a smarter and greener energy paradigm. If offshore renewables, loads, and storage are systematically integrated and connected to the onshore power grid, they can become strategic assets to implement a trans-national “Super Grid”. This talk will present the opportunities, perspective and challenges offered by offshore energy systems. It will discuss how lessons learned from large interconnected power systems and/or microgrids may need to be adapted to cope with the demanding environmental and operational conditions of the offshore domain. It will further outline the key role of power electronics, advanced control, and new modeling/testing tools in supporting innovation in isolated and grid-connected offshore systems.
Bio: Dr. Elisabetta Tedeschi joined the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) as faculty member in 2013, and she is currently Professor within offshore grid at the Department of Electric Power Engineering. Since 2020, she is also Professor of power electronics and drives at the University of Trento, Italy. Having received a Marie Curie Fellowship, from 2011 to 2013 she was an Experienced Researcher at Tecnalia Research and Innovation in Spain. Subsequently she had a part time position as Research Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research, in Norway, between 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she was granted funding under the “Young Research Talent” scheme of the Research Council of Norway for an international project on Integrated Design and Control of Offshore HVDC networks. She has led and/or contributed to more than 15 national and international scientific projects. She is Technical Program Chair of the 13th Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) 2021, and has been program chair of the 17th IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, (COMPEL) 2016, Member of the Technical Programme Committee of the IEEE CPE-POWERENG 2021, IEEE SPEC/COBEP 2019, IEEE COMPEL 2018, IEEE Smart 2015 and of the IEEE EVER-Monaco Conferences since 2012. Her research interests include design and control of energy conversion systems, offshore transmission and distribution networks and power quality issues.