Arshad Mansoor is senior vice president of research and development for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), responsible for EPRI’s portfolio of R&D and demonstration programs, spanning all sources of generation, power delivery and utilization, and the environment.
Mansoor’s thought leadership is evidenced in his strong contention that greater electrification leads to reduced carbon emissions. Successful implementation of any clean power plan requires a strategy for widespread electrification in transportation, industrial applications, and in other sectors.
His leadership in power systems engineering is the foundation of innovative sector-wide integration and efficiency initiatives:
Introduced in 2012, EPRI’s Integrated Grid initiative charts a course to facilitate more renewables, along with central generation, into the grid. It creates a more robust, adaptive, and reliable power system for the future.
He directed the Energy Efficiency Initiative, a 2007 research project that addressed the near-term needs to plan, invest in, and implement technologies that facilitate a smarter power delivery and end-use system. The effort directly ledmakers of flat screen televisions, for example, to reduce their electricity use by more than 50 percent.
The effort also provided objective measures for computer laptop manufacturers to address power supply efficiency. It evolved into 80 PlusTM, a voluntary certification program launched in 2004 by Ecos Consulting that promotes efficient energy use in computer power supply units.
The cross-utility Smart Grid Demonstration Project Initiative is conducting regional and international demonstrations and research for smart grid applications. The project is focused on demand response and system status from generation to customer end use.
Mansoor holds five U.S. patents in distributed energy resources.
Mansoor summarizes his principled approach to research: Achieving a balance between affordable and sustainable electricity while improving reliability is a challenge unlike any the electricity sector has faced since its inception. Technology innovations in areas such as energy efficiency, smart grid, renewable energy resources, hardened transmission systems, and long-term operation of the existing nuclear and fossil fleets are essential to shape the future of electricity supplies.
Previously Mansoor served as vice president of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization sector where he led research, development, demonstration, and application of transmission and distribution and energy utilization technologies. Previously he was vice president of the former EPRI subsidiary, EPRI Solutions; and vice president and director of engineering with the EPRI Power Electronics Application Center.
Mansoor is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a member of the board of The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte. He served as vice president of U.S. National
Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).
He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Mansoor earned his Master of Science (1992) and doctorate (1994) in electrical engineering focusing on power systems engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. He has completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course.