Assistant professor plans to design devices that will control energy used for everything from electric cars to industrial machinery
A new faculty member at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering has recently received a grant to develop an energy management system that can adapt to changes in electricity prices, renewable energy availability and risks to electric system reliability, with minimal cost to utility companies.
Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. His plan is to design plug-and-play energy consumption scheduling devices that control the amount of energy used by consumers, whether to charge electric cars for residential users or to operation various equipment for industrial users.
Then, Mohsenian-Rad will build mathematical tools to investigate and optimally shape the operation of such energy consumption scheduling devices to encourage consumer cooperation,support renewable energy integration, minimize generation cost and maintain electrical power quality.
The research will be performed in UC Riverside’s Smart Grid Research Lab using a real-time digital power system simulator, a major piece of equipment that will allow Mohsenian-Rad to perform real-time tests of grid-connected electrical devices.
This research on smart grid power management is one of the four areas of focus in Mohsenian-Rad’s Smart Grid Research Lab. The other areas are:
SOURCE: University of California, Riverside