As solar and wind energy, energy storage, and other clean energy technologies increase in usage, we must adapt our power grids and other energy systems to match. A renewables-based power grid must be “smart,” with the ability to automatically and rapidly adapt to the fluctuations in generation while still meeting user demands—ideally without firing up dirty fossil generators. CEI researchers study how information technology and advanced analytics can be used to plan, forecast and control grid assets, and design new power electronics hardware to maintain grid stability and reduce the cost of integrating renewable resources with the grid. Our researchers are also studying the evolution of electric vehicle technology and optimizing the distribution of charging stations around the country.
Professor Brian B. Johnson and team will integrate solar photovoltaic...
Professor Brian B. Johnson leads Department of Energy-funded research to halve cost of solar power electronics
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Chemical engineering professor Lilo Pozzo and a group of CEI...
- Trading solar panels for grid power: An ethnography of rural energy service in Peru (Journal of Rural Studies, August 2020) | PDF
- The challenges and contradictions of Peru’s Proyecto Masivo de Energía Solar (The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions, Chapter 6, February 2020)
- Non-wire alternatives: an additional value stream for distributed energy resources (IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, June 2019)
- Optimal control via neural networks: a convex approach (International Conference on Learning Representations, May 2019)
- A multilevel DC to three-phase AC architecture for photovoltaic power plants (IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, March 2019)
- Transient stability assessment of multi-machine multi-converter power systems (IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, March 2019)
- Scheduling post-disaster repairs in electricity distribution networks (IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, February 2019)
- Optimal battery control under cycle aging mechanisms in pay-for-performance settings (IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, August 2018)
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