• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Liang Min

Stanford University

Managing Director, Bits & Watts Initiative; Managing Director, Net Zero Alliance

Dr. Liang Min is a highly accomplished leader in the field of power and energy. As the Managing Director of the Bits & Watts Initiative at Stanford University, he leads a multi-disciplinary affiliates program that brings together experts from various fields to drive the digital transformation of the electric grid in the 21st century. In addition to his Bits & Watts role, Dr. Min is also the Managing Director of the newly established Net-Zero Alliance, which provides a platform for global companies to collaborate with Stanford on research and education focused on achieving a net-zero future.  Dr. Min's career began at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he was a senior project manager and contributed significantly to improving the electric grid's reliability and security. His work resulted in the award of multiple U.S. patents for deploying phasor measurement unit technologies at utilities, supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He then spent over ten years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he served as the founding group leader of the energy delivery group and associate program leader for the national lab's cyber and infrastructure resilience program. He has also served as Research Director of the Electric Operations program for the California Energy System for the 21st Century, a $150M initiative to apply the country's most sophisticated high-performance computing technology to enhance California's grid reliability, security, and value to ratepayers. Dr. Min holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master's and Bachelor's degree in EE from Tianjin University.

Sessions With Liang Min

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:15pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 09:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 10:15 pm

    Stanford University | 24/7 Carbon-Free Electrified Bus Fleet

    Stanford has completed the transition to 100 percent renewable electricity in March 2022, with on- and off-campus renewable electricity generation exceeding campus consumption on an annual basis. However, the campus is still plugged into the grid which carries carbon-based electricity. To completely eliminate emissions, Stanford’s next challenge is to match its electricity consumption with carbon-free resources at all hours of the year.

Thursday, 9 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 06:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 07:10 pm

    Powering the Future: Digital Solutions for a Resilient, Secure, and Low-Carbon Grid

    Power grid operations are increasingly challenging as the landscape becomes more complex from both the supply and demand side. Accelerating decarbonization of the energy systems, growing electrification of the energy demand and the entry of multiple, decentralized sources of generation raise issues to networks that are often obsolete and unprepared to accommodate this change. Grid reliability and resilience is however key to the functioning of the world’s economies, and emerging technology solutions have the potential to optimize and improve the operation of existing assets while power systems go through modernization. AI, edge computing and IoT are some of the new technologies with application to the electric grid. What progress has been made in the digitalization of grid operations? What challenges have been encountered in this process? What are the outstanding issues to be addressed as the grid quickly transforms itself?