Research - Energy Applications


A Controls Approach to Improve How Society Interacts with Electricity

This CRISP project addresses the rapid evolution of the electricity grid, from one based on few centralized generators providing power to millions of users to one where many distributed energy resources, such as small rooftop photovoltaic systems and electric cars but also thermostats and ventilation systems, play a vital role in the management of energy flows. The keystone of this research is the transformation of power distribution feeders, from relatively passive channels that deliver electricity from the transmission grid to customers, to distribution microgrids, highly intelligent entities that actively manage production, storage and use of electricity. The project studies how the telecommunications infrastructure delivers information to human and artificial stakeholders to enable rational decision-making on various aspects of energy utilization.

Project Team

MTU Faculty Researchers
Faculty Collaborators
MTU Student
Researchers
  • Abhilash Kantamneni, Ph.D. Student, Computer Science

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Distributed Agent-Based Management of Agile Microgrids

The project aims to investigate the creation and control of a microgrid with the following properties: services diverse loads, employs distributed generation with renewable resources, and requires on-line control and optimization to maintain stability and power flow. This project researches a microgrid that should be both agile and autonomous, accommodating rapid changes in generation and load resources with minimal intervention on the part of human operators. The control architecture uses a hierarchical approach. The control strategy relies on multi-agent systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.

Project Team

Main Faculty Researchers
Student
Researchers
  • Abhilash Kantamneni, Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
  • Joshua Stomberg, Ph.D. Student, Computer Science

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