Date of Award

Winter 2-2017

Embargo Period

2-28-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor(s)

Gabriela Hug

Second Advisor

J. Zico Kolter

Abstract

Demand response has gained significant attention in recent years as it demonstrates potentials to enhance the power system's operational flexibility in a cost-effective way. Industrial loads such as aluminum smelters, steel manufacturers, cement plants, and air separation units demonstrate advantages in supporting power system operation through demand response programs, because of their intensive power consumption, already existing advanced monitoring and control infrastructure, and the strong economic incentive due to the high energy costs. In this thesis, we study the three aforementioned manufacturing processes each with its own capabilities and constraints. We provide approaches to efficiently integrate each of these types of manufacturing processes as demand response resources.

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