Researchers receive NSF grant for operation and control of active power distribution system with high penetration of DERs and energy storage

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Researchers at UNC Charlotte have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Energy Power and Control and Networks (EPCN) program, to develop new methods for operation and control of power distribution system. The $360,000, the 3-year grant will develop a new framework for power distribution system operation and control with high penetration of renewable energy resources. The technology will be useful for power utilities to include a higher percentage of renewable energy based energy resources into their energy source mix without compromising the quality and reliability of the existing power grid operation. The technology will be developed with the cooperation of utility and the outcome will be tested based on real-life data sets.

The project, entitled “Data-Driven Operation and Control of Active Power Distribution Systems with High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Storage,” is led by UNC Charlotte Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sukumar Kamalasdan. Co-principal investigator is Tao Han from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The UNC Charlotte team’s project was selected from over 400 submitted proposals to the NSF’s EPCN program. The NSF has long been a leader in supporting fundamental research to equip U.S. cities and communities with more responsive and adaptive technologies and services. Smart and connected communities successfully integrate people with information and communication technologies to improve economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life.