Researchers to address new challenges in power grid with computational modeling

December 2, 2022

By Mariah R. Lucas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yan Li, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded a three-year, $429,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computational tools to address new challenges arising in the modeling and control of the modern power grid.

“The power grid is rapidly developing as more renewable energy resources are integrated, such as distributed generation, plug-in electric vehicles, energy storage and demand-response facilities,” Li said. “As a result, we need new tools to address these new elements of the power grid, which often cause power disturbances.” 

Researchers will develop new mathematical algorithms and theories using machine learning, dynamical systems and control theory and apply them to the problems surrounding modern power systems.

“The project is anticipated to substantially enrich and expand the current research on dynamic modeling and control of large-scale interconnected systems, as well as support the development of next-generation power grids,” Li said.

As part of the grant, researchers also plan to train graduate students and contribute to curriculum development on distributed energy systems.

John Harlim, Penn State professor of mathematics and meteorology, and Daning Huang, Penn State assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will collaborate on the research.


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