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Overview

The Energy Systems group conducts research related to renewable energy, motors, generators, adjustable speed drives, power electronics, power supplies, power quality, electrical systems resiliency, and industrial process equipment and controllers.

The Energy Systems lab is the Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility (WESRF). With a 750 kVA independent utility power supply, comprehensive testbeds up to 300 HP including a unique wave energy linear test bed, a 120 kVA fully programmable AC source, and a wind/energy storage in-lab grid, WESRF has one of the highest power ratings and is one of the best equipped university laboratories in the nation, serving industry, utilities and students. Our industrial clients have found WESRF to be an excellent resource for the recruitment of graduates that are well trained and exposed to industry practices.

Sub Areas

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Machines and Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Smart Grid
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electrical System Resiliency and Protection

Related Courses

  • ECE 331: Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • ECE 431/531: Power Electronics
  • ECE 432/532: Dynamics of Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • ECE 433/533: Power Systems
  • ECE 437/537: Smart Grid
  • ECE 438/538: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • ECE 530: Contemporary Energy Applications
  • ECE 534: Advanced Electrical Machines
  • ECE 536: Power System Protection
  • ECE 599: Electrical System Resiliency
 

Faculty

Ted Brekken

Ted Brekken
Control; power electronics and electric drives; renewable energy systems modeling and control; electrical systems resilience

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Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
Cascading outages in power grids; complex systems & complex networks; chaos & nonlinear dynamics; big data & high performance computing; PMU-supported power system stability monitoring

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Annette von Jouanne
Ocean wave energy and wind energy renewables; power electronics; power quality; power systems

Julia Zhang

Julia Zhang
Electric machine design; electric machine drive control; power electronic circuits; power electronics for various renewable energy conversion applications

Affiliated Faculty

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Rakesh Bobba
Secure protocols; access controls; key Management; power grid & other critical infrastructures; cyber-physical systems, cloud computing

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Jinsub Kim 
Statistical signal processing; statistical learning theory; power systems state estimation; security of cyber physical system

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Mario Edgardo Magaña  
Mobile wireless communications; automatic control applications; mathematical modeling of biological systems; signal processing