How NextEra Analytics Applies Math to Problems in Coupled Renewable and Energy Storage Systems

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
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Madeline Handschy (NextEra Analytics Inc)
Renewable energy sources - solar and wind - are inherently variable, and unlike a traditional power plant, energy generation can't be 'turned up' or 'turned down' at will. In the past several years, the rapidly falling price of Lithium Ion batteries and related technology has made it more feasible than ever to build solar or wind farms coupled with energy storage capabilities to mitigate some of the variability of the renewable resource and provide more control over the energy output of the farm. In this talk, I will give an overview of working at NextEra Analytics and give examples of how we are applying math to operate energy storage projects as well as evaluate potential new renewable + energy storage hybrid projects.

Madeline graduated in May from the University of Minnesota with a PhD in Mathematics co-advised by Drs. Gilad Lerman and Wei-Kuo Chen. She started in the Applied Math Group at NextEra Analytics in June and works primarily on math related to energy storage.