Deepak Divan

Georgia Institute of Technology



Decentralized Solutions for Grid Control



The requirement for distributed real-time control in the future grid using power converters is being driven by rapid growth in distributed energy resources, microgrids and the need for dynamic real-time balancing between generation and loads. The move from centralized control to massively decentralized and distributed control raises further challenges, both in terms of the converters and feasible control strategies, as well as the architecture and infrastructure required to manage and operate such a system. This presentation will discuss power converter topologies, control strategies and system architecture for managing such a future grid and related loads. Key topics include hybrid transformers, solid state transformers and universal converters for a variety of applications, and grid integration strategies for managing a fleet of such devices to deliver value for the future and present grid.



Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities and industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures. Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the US national academies Board for Energy and Environmental Systems and a member of the national academies committee for modernizing the US electricity system. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal.

Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.

He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 250 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.