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Power and Energy Group

 

The Power and Energy Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares working papers, dissertations and theses, and other research in electrical energy and energy-conversion topics. Power and Energy Systems research emphasizes all aspects of electrical energy, innovation in energy generation and delivery, alternative resources, and efficient devices. Research projects address systems and devices for the conversion, delivery, and use of energy in electrical form. The activity ranges from controls for large utility systems to energy harvesting devices for microsensors. Electrical energy continues to be the foundation of the modern economy. The growth of solar energy, wind energy, and other resources, combined with trends such as electric and hybrid vehicles, have a profound impact on global society.

Search topics include:

  • Electric power systems, including engineering, economic, renewable energy, and other issues associated with the design and operation of large-scale electric power grids. System dynamics, reliability, blackout prevention and mitigation, and integration of distributed energy resources are also addressed.
  • Power electronics, including devices, circuits, and control, for switching power controls. Applications to renewable energy, electric transportation, and self-contained mobile power systems are also emphasized.
  • Electric machinery, including the analysis, design, operation, and control of devices that convert between electrical energy and motion.

The Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics (CEME) at the University of Illinois is dedicated to enhance education, technology, understanding, and research activities on the fundamental topic of electric machinery. Electric machines are the muscle of modern civilization. Billions of motors do everything from spin computer disk drives to pump water for cities. Advances in engineering materials, electronic devices, semiconductor processes, computer simulation, and many other areas can improve the design and operation of motors. The Center is nurturing a new generation of engineers for contributions to rotating electric machines and electromechanics through specialized training and experiences at all levels of higher education.

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