Rising Stars 2020:

Yue Chen

PhD Candidate

Tsinghua University

Areas of Interest

  • Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics
  • Cyber-Physical Systems and Design Automation
  • Energy
  • Smart city, energy economics, multi-energy systems, game theory, optimization, etc.


Energy Sharing Design in a Prosumer Era


The proliferation of distributed generation enables traditional consumers to produce energy. The integration of multiple energy carriers and facilities is reshaping our energy system from a highly regulated, operator-controlled network into a sophisticated social-interactive infrastructure with strategic agents competing for the supply and demand. Since the centralized operation approach does not allow each individual to act upon its profit-seeking nature, it no longer well fits the profound transition to the prosumer era. Market, as an invisible hand, is a promising tool for managing resources more efficiently. Inspired by the sharing economy in other sectors, we may want to ask: can energy be shared in a similar way? We explore the potential of energy sharing by answering why, how, and what if. For why, three typical approaches, i.e., self-sufficiency, sharing, centralized operation, are compared under a stochastic framework with uncertain loads, and sharing stands out for the fact that it can achieve a nearly social optimal efficiency in a distributed manner. For how, we design effective mechanisms for sharing among node-level and networked prosumers, respectively. Several desirable properties of the sharing market equilibrium are proved theoretically. We also develop a bidding process for implementation with proof of its convergence under mild conditions. For what if, a two-stage robust economic dispatch problem is used as an example, by replacing the centralized real-time operation with a distributed sharing scheme. It has been proved that the flexibility of the system is retained with only slightly sacrifice of economy. These works reveal fundamental understandings that facilitate in-depth analyses and design of the future energy sharing market.


Yue Chen received her B.E. (‘15) and Ph.D. (‘20) degrees in Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University (THU), China, and her B.S. (‘17) degree in Economics at Peking University, China. Her Ph.D. advisors are Prof. Qiang Lu and Prof. Shengwei Mei. She was the recipient of the National Scholarship, the Future Researchers Scholarship, the 2019 IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Best Reviewer Award, the Academic Rookie Award, EE THU, and the Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Award. Yue was a visiting student at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from Oct. 2018 to May 2019, working with Prof. Steven H. Low. She will be joining Stanford University as a postdoctoral researcher. Broadly, her research interests include energy sharing, transactive energy, smart energy systems, and game theory.