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20 June 2012 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Joint IEEE Meeting: The Role of Distributed Power Systems in the U.S. Electricity Sector
Presentation: The US power sector is undergoing the largest overhaul in its history. Despite significant public and private investment in large-scale renewable-energy installations and enthusiasm for an electric vehicle fleet, the U.S. grid infrastructure looks very similar to its 19th century design, unsuited for 21st century supplies and demands. The integration of information technology into the power system will also make the electricity supply more vulnerable to network-wide cyber-attacks or infiltration by adversaries. Policymakers have shown increased interest in Distributed Power Systems (DPS), a combination of distributed generation sources and grid storage. DPS technologies include rooftop solar-cell systems, and combined heat and power applications. They also incorporate distributed energy storage systems, including advanced batteries and vehicle to-grid systems. By using localized sources of generation, electricity consumers in the commercial and residential sectors have an opportunity to bypass the centralized system of generation and dispatch and to meet their own electricity needs and play a role in stabilizing and supporting the grid. DPS also has the potential to decrease electricity-supply vulnerability through the “islanding” of generation and distribution.
Location: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University; 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance – Lobby 1)
Meal: Soft flour tortillas and corn tortillas; Seasoned ground beef; Sour cream guacamole assorted salsas; and Black Beans and Rice with garden salad dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and iced tea.
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Presentation ONLY: FREE at 7pm in Parsons Auditorium
Two new Working Groups have been started
Now is the time to get involved!
1) Future of Energy working group
Dr. Alex Pavlak is setting up a Future of Energy (FoE) working group. A paper to he will be presenting at IS2012 in Rome this July describes the task, a classic concept definition phase.
The proposed effort is unique in two respects. First it will focus on whole systems, the delivery of energy that is cheap safe sustainable and secure. Second it will focus on the destination, the long term goal. Given what is known today, what would post fossil fuel energy systems look like. The product will be technically feasible alternatives. Through publications and lectures, the FoE working group will raise public awareness of these factual constraints on social value choices.
Dave Fadeley, ESEP, is forming a Systems Engineering – Project Management (SE – PM) Working Group with the intent of working with PMI Baltimore chapter members in order to enhance overall program success through the improved integration of practices between the two communities. At the international level, INCOSE and PMI have jointly released a statement "PMI and INCOSE Align to Help Organizations Improve Program Success" in September 2011 outlining the partnership and have also produced a white paper, "Toward a New Mindset: Bridging the Gap between Program Management and Systems Engineering". If you are interested in participating, please send Mr. Fadeley an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Did You Miss Last Month?
Engineering Challenges and Scientific Capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope
On 16 May 2012, the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter was very fortunate to have a prestigious speaker for its monthly dinner meeting: Dr. John C. Mather, Nobel Laureate and Senior Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard. Dr. Mather drew a large crowd to the JHU APL auditorium to listen to his presentation on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and its associated capabilities and challenges. While discussing the telescope’s capabilities, many comparisons were made between the JWST and the Hubble Telescope, especially in regards to the technology advancements that allow the JWST to outperform its predecessor.
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This is the monthly newsletter for INCOSE Chesapeake, a local chapter of INCOSE International. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for professionals practicing the art and science of Systems Engineering in the Northern & Central Maryland & Southern Pennsylvania area.
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming events:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2012 Programs Director, Mr. Erik DeVito, if you would like the opportunity to speak or can recommend someone.
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