Sumit Paudyal Wins CAREER Award
Home energy loads are not constant. As we move through our days, use ebbs, flows and peaks. To achieve a breakthrough in power-grid optimization research, award-winning researcher Sumit Paudyal (ECE) had to teach himself the required math.
Paudyal has received the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER Award for his work to advance and optimize power grid efficiency from a unique perspective—compensating for load increase at the home level rather than relying on conventional generation from legacy power providers. To solve the challenge, Paudyal faced his own. He spent three years learning the required math.
The guiding philosophy behind the research is that individual homes, and the network of homes within neighborhoods, can use smaller energy resources, like photovoltaic (PV) panels, batteries, electric vehicles and other energy storage systems to keep up with grid demands. "As their load went up, people would be able to compensate with whatever resources they have that are flexible," Paudyal explains. "Optimizing resources on the customer level is a different, unique field."
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