Research

Funded Research Projects :

  1. NSF 2016-2021, CAREER: Cyber Physical Solution for High Penetration Renewables in Smart Grid
  2. NSF 2016-2019, CRISP Type2: Collaborative Research: Towards Resilient Smart Cities: A Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality, (Co-PI with I. Guvenc)
  3. NSF 2015-2017, CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Towards secure Networked Cyber- Physical systems: A Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality, (Co-PI with I. Guvenc and K. Akkaya)
  4. NSF 2014-2017, RIPS Type 2: Vulnerability Assessment and Resilient Design of Interdependent Infrastructures
  5. DOE 2015-2020, Collaborative Research: Visualization of threats and Vulnerabilities in Smart Grid, (University of Arkansas, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University and Florida International University)
  6. FPL/NextEra Energy 2015-2019, Wireless Power Transfer System
  7. FPL 2014-2020, Electric Power Reliability and Analytics Center (EPRAC) for High Penetration Distributed Renewable Resource Modern Grid System
  8. FPL Smart Grid Technology projects 2014-2017
  9. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 2014-2018
  10. Energy Club: Research Program for K1 to K12 Students

Smart Grid, PHEV & EV Systems, High Penetration Renewable Systems, Power System Reliability, Large Scale Distributed Generation Integration, Central Command & Diagnostic Center, Large Scale Data Analysis, Electric Power Engineering, Industry Efficiencies, Interoperability, Advance Metering Infrastructure, Infrastructure Cyber Security, SFCL, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Systems, Distributed Power Systems, Micro-grids, Storage, Exploring Links between Weather, Reliability, Economics and Markets, Machine Drives, Demand Response and Demand Side Management, Predictive Self Healing Networks and Strategic Load Pockets are some of his areas of research interest.

The wordle below provides a brief overview of the different research activities pursued by EPS. We are looking for volunteers from all departments to help us with many projects listed below.
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  1.   Wireless Power Transfer System
    The EPS group is working on cutting-edge technologies in wireless power transfer (WPT) systems since 2012. In this research project, applications of WPT systems in static and dynamic (in-motion) wireless charging of electric vehicles. The EPS team has already developed unique power electronic converters and controllers, as well as unique magnetic structures to improve the efficiency of WPT systems. The developed WPT system is capable of bidirectional power transfer, thus enabling grid-to-vehicle (G2V) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) connections with state of art communication and billing system.
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  2.  CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Towards SECURE Networked Cyber-Physical Systems: A Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality

    Securing critical networked cyber-physical systems (NCPSs) such as the power grid or TRANSPORTATION systems has emerged as a major national and global priority. The networked nature of such systems renders them vulnerable to a range of attacks both in cyber and physical domains as corroborated by recent threats such as the Stuxnet worm.

    The main goal of this research is to develop the necessary science and engineering tools for designing NCPS security solutions that are applicable to a broad range of application domains.

  3.  Collaborative Research: RIPS Type 2: Vulnerability Assessment and Resilient Design of Interdependent Infrastructures

    Modern infrastructure systems, such as power grids, communication networks, and transportation networks are interdependent in such a way that a failure of an element in one system may cause multiple failures of elements in other systems. This process can propagate back and forth between interdependent systems in a cascading fashion, resulting in a catastrophic widespread failure. In addition, the diverse human behaviors to disruptions, such as drivers? reaction to gridlock, can further complicate the cascading behaviors. Radically new models and analytical techniques are needed to assess and design resilient interdependent systems.

    In this project, a team of five investigators from the domains of computer science, optimization, transportation systems, power engineering, and social science will work together to gain a better understanding of cascading failure phenomena and their mitigation strategies.

  4.  Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL):

    Fundamental innovation in high-speed protection and integration mechanism will enable higher efficiency and rigidity to the grid. Many of adverse effects on the grid such as short circuit and protection, electromagnetic transient and voltage stability, power leveling and energy balancing can be mitigated by use of new forms of superconducting technologies. By optimally integrating the superconducting technology that has been predicted to become even cheaper by 2030-50 (NREL long-term target), would diminish these kinds of concerns as compared to existing technologies.

    The superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) is one such technology that drew interest after the discovery of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials. Also, due to the recent development of cheaper second-generation high HTS wires, the SFCL has become more viable. Large-capacity SMES also can provide individual or across multiple applications as an integral part of the large scale distributed energy systems. The basic role of energy storage is to draw energy generated at one time and to release it to supply power at a later time.

    Collaborators

    FREEDM CENTER at NCSU http://www.freedm.ncsu.edu/

    Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH http://www.tcsuh.com/
  5. PERSONALIZED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTDespite widespread knowledge of challenges faced by students with disabilities in an integrated classroom, the teachers lack the resources to effectively apply and systematically use evidence-based technology in the classroom to manage classroom behaviors. The goal of this project is to strategize and implement an integrated product that has closed-captioning, speech synthesizers, text-to-speech converters, novel Kelvin lightings in a real-time fashion, hence establishing a fine-tuned environment in K12 schools to improve classroom learning of students with disabilities. Training for teachers, learning for students and ease of use will propel the widespread replication of this product in other schools.
    To achieve the project’s objective, researchers in FIU’s colleges of engineering, nursing, and education departments are partnering with schools, teachers and students to strategize, implement, train, evaluate, and disseminate the technology tool and the resources needed to support its ongoing use. This cross-functional partnership is the key to make this project successful. We will use a logical model to guide evaluation efforts. Regular feedbacks from stakeholders will be incorporated into the plan to achieve expected outcomes Quantitative and qualitative data will be analyzed, and evaluated using a Mixed Methods Approach

  6. SUNGRINThe Sunshine State Solar Grid Initiative (SUNGRIN) is a High Penetration Solar Deployment Projects. The Project is focused on understanding and removing the regulatory, technical, and economic barriers to integrating high penetration of solar electricity into the electric grid. Increasing the growth of grid-tied solar photo-voltaic systems; accelerating the placement of these systems into existing and newly designed distribution circuits in the electrical grid; and supporting the mission to increase widespread commercialization of clean solar energy technologies. The idea of the SUNGRIN project is to gain significant insight into effects of high-penetration levels of solar PV systems in the power grid, through simulation-assisted research and development involving a technically varied and geographically dispersed set of real-world test cases within the Florida grid.

  7. High Penetration StudyThe research will focus on dynamic simulations to test the performance of various PV integration scenarios and to examine power quality. The proposed research supports the overall thrust by addressing the following objectives like Characterizing and predicting the impact of solar variation, Understanding impacts on the distribution grid, Developing solutions and Disseminating information and raising awareness.

     

  8. Peak Load Shaving Technology with Renewable Resources: This project seeks to develop methodologies to analyze and optimize the technical, economic and environmental benefits of a renewable grid connected photovoltaic system for electric power production by development of an advance peak load shaving technology.

  9. Advanced Commercial Energy (ACE) TechnologyFor implementation of a Commercial Price Responsive Load Management Pilot.

  10. Demand Side Management Pilot: On-line efficiency control in facilities using Smart Grids: This project is based on the development of a new smart grid and control system in order to manage large infrastructures and facilities in commercial and industrial customers such as universities, offices, industries, hospitals, and hotels.

  11. WAR – Weather and Reliability: Unique investigation into the effects of weather conditions on reliability . Analyses involving systems across the entire Florida peninsula for a 10 plus year period monitoring and evaluating over the electric power grid covering over 3 million utility customers.

  12. Smart Grid with Strategic Load Pocket (SLP):The smart grid SLP is representative of many urban environments that include a number of essential businesses such as a grocery store, gas station, pharmacy, restaurants and a residential mix.  This Strategic Load Pocket (SLP) is a smart-grid that includes loads strategically chosen for their importance during widespread outages that result from disasters such as hurricanes or ice storms.

  13. Plug-in-Hybrid & Hybrid vehicle to gridPlug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are of particular interest for several reasons.  The grid has zero energy storage capacity and therefore beyond baseline generation, utilities must implement costly measures for meeting highly variable demands.

  14. DSM – Demand Side Management
    • Dynamic IslandingDynamic Islanding is a DER control scheme that maximizes the number of customers served from the     alternate source (such as energy storage) for the anticipated duration of the facility outage
    • EU – Demand Side ManagementWorking to develop new ways of implementing and achieving demand side management
    • DROP – Demand Response Opportunity PilotsDemand Response – A new load management tool that allows customers to choose when and if to participate in the power market and at what price.
  15.  Renewable and Alternative Energy Program
    • PV – Photo Voltaic:Turnkey projects with newer products from stable Photo Voltaic technology. Grid connected (grid-tie) solar PV systems. Solar farming and specific projects such as Parks and buildings
    • Modern Homes: Execution of turnkey projects at public places for demonstration of modern renewable technologies. Hydrogen storage facility in the ‘modern home.
    • Biomass – Omnivorous Biomass Gasification: Analysis and Optimization of Benefits of Electric Power Generation Using Omnivorous Biomass Gasification. Survey of all the counties harboring Tampa bay region to assimilate data about biomass fuels.

 

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