Power and Energy Research Focus

An Interdisciplinary Program for Education and Outreach in Transportation Electrification

Investigators
Primary: Carl L Anderson
Co-Investigator:Jeffrey Allen
Co-Investigator:John E Beard
Co-Investigator:Leonard Bohmann
Co-Investigator:Leonard Bohmann
Co-Investigator:Leonard Bohmann
Co-Investigator:Bo Chen
Co-Investigator:Bo Chen
Co-Investigator:Stephen A Hackney
Co-Investigator:Jason M Keith
Co-Investigator:Jay Meldrum
Co-Investigator:Bruce Mork
Co-Investigator:Jeffrey D Naber
Co-Investigator:Chris E Passerello
Co-Investigator:Wayne Weaver
Co-Investigator:Jeremy J Worm
Keywords: Power Electronics, non-linear and optimal control, game-theoretic control, utility grid interface, power system stability, energy conversion Transients in electrical power systems, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, magnetic materials and saturation of transformers, computer simulation, power system protection, power quality, renewable energy, wind power, solar energy, photovoltaics

Competitive Distributed Control Methodologies for Small-Scale Power Systems

Investigators
Primary: Wayne Weaver
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering

The objective of this research is to study the fundamental interactions and influences that individual components of a power system have on each other and the overall effect of these interactions on system performance. The approach uses a game-theoretic model of the power system to develop a framework for a new class of distributed control methods. In this new model, system components use energy resources to compete for local and global objectives such as voltage, current, power, or energy.

The intellectual merit is of this work is in its potential to improve control of interconnected power components. Control has typically been one of two extremes: either completely localized control (focused on local objectives) or a centralized control scheme requiring extensive communications, infrastructure, and a single-point of failure. The proposed approach considers how each different local objective interacts across the system. This will result in an operating point that is a global balance of local objectives. This work will determine how the fundamental interactions of the components contribute to, or degrade from, the higher-level objectives of the overall system, such as stability, survivability, and efficiency.

The broader impacts will extend to electrical power networks at all levels where more diverse sources and loads are being utilized, and new technologies are being driven by an ever-increasing demand for performance, stability, efficiency, and flexibility. This new approach to energy control and management will strengthen education objectives by enhancing the content of graduate and undergraduate classes, as well as adding meaningful laboratory experiences.

Keywords: electric power, control systems, game-theoretic control, utility grid interface, power system stability, energy conversion

Computer Simulation of Transient and Dynamic Behaviors

Investigators
Primary: Bruce Mork
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keywords: Transients in electrical power systems, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, magnetic materials and saturation of transformers, computer simulation, power system protection, power quality, renewable energy, wind power, solar energy, photovoltaics

Improved Transformer Models for EMTP Transient Simulation-Transformer Performance Project

Investigators
Primary: Bruce Mork
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keywords: Transients in electrical power systems, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, magnetic materials and saturation of transformers, computer simulation, power system protection, power quality, renewable energy, wind power, solar energy, photovoltaics

Modeling of Domestic Electric Systems for High-Frequency Performance (Broadband over Powerline/Powerline Communication)

Investigators
Primary: Bruce Mork
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keywords: Transients in electrical power systems, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, magnetic materials and saturation of transformers, computer simulation, power system protection, power quality, renewable energy, wind power, solar energy, photovoltaics

NUE: Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) Nanotechnology Enterprise

Investigators
Primary: John A Jaszczak
Co-Investigator:Abdul Nasser S Al araje
Co-Investigator:Michael G Bennett
Co-Investigator:Paul Bergstrom
Co-Investigator:Paul Bergstrom
Co-Investigator:Mary B Raber
Keywords: Microelectromechanical devices and technologies, nanoscaled electronic devices and technologies

Optimizing Chemo-Mechanical Structure for MEMS Chemical Vapor Sensor Arrays

Investigators
Primary: Michele H Miller
Co-Investigator:Paul Bergstrom
Co-Investigator:Paul Bergstrom
Co-Investigator:Sarah A Green
Co-Investigator:Haiying Liu
Co-Investigator:Gordon G Parker
Co-Investigator:Henry A Sodano
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keywords: Microelectromechanical devices and technologies, nanoscaled electronic devices and technologies

Research in Carbon Nanotube Interconnections for Nanotechnology Circuits

Investigators
Primary: Ashok Goel
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering

For the development of the very high-speed high-density nanotechnology integrated circuits crucial for the practical realization of the nanocomputers with unlimited potential for the U.S. space program and the semiconductor industry, it is important to consider new nanoscale quantum devices and interconnections. Carbon nanotubes have emerged as a strong candidate for the interconnections for such next generation circuits. In this one-year research effort, we plan to carry out a feasibility study and identify the various research areas related to the application of carbon nanotubes for the nanotechnology integrated circuits and to lay down the foundation of a research program at Michigan Tech for the next ten years.

Keywords: Microelectronics, nanotechnology,nanotubes, interconnects

Wind Energy Conversion Using High-Frequency Transformation and DC Collection

Investigators
Primary: Bruce Mork
 
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keywords: Transients in electrical power systems, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, magnetic materials and saturation of transformers, computer simulation, power system protection, power quality, renewable energy, wind power, solar energy, photovoltaics