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Research Program

Our goal is to establish a long term research and educational program in renewable energy to:

  • Conduct frontier research on networked renewable energy systems by analyzing the interaction among the subsystems through a model based approach
  • Explore innovative control strategies to achieve optimal system performance and efficiency
  • Broaden the impact of research through technology transfer and the education of the future workforce of the renewable energy industry.
We pursue research in:
  • Microgrids/Smart grids
  • Wind Turbine Systems
  • Rechargeable Battery Systems
  • Fuel Cell Systems
  • Oil/Gas Drilling Automation
  • Integrated Power Systems
  • Intelligent Sensors

News

  • October 2015
    • Julia got the scholarship from IEEE Power and Energy Society. Congratulations!
  • September 2015
    • Victor successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations!
  • August 2015
    • Dr. Chen received the Banks McLaurin Fellowship in Engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • June 2015
    • Zeyu successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations!
  • May 2015
    • Dushyant successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations!
  • February 2015
    • Dushyant received the Sandia National Laboratory Award for Excellence in Research during the Graduate and Industry Networking Event (GAIN) 2015! Congratulations!
  • January 2015
    • Dr. Chen has been approved for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure (effective September 1, 2015).
    • The APSCL welcomes Ifedi Anyaegbunam to join our group.
  • December 2014
    • Victor successfully passed his Ph.D. proposal and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy! Congratulations!
  • October 2014
    • Dr. Chen became the Vice Chair of ASME Energy Systems Technical Committee (ESTC).
  • September 2014
    • The APSCL welcomes Vinod Kumar Varala to join our group.
  • August 2014
    • Mohamed and Zeyu successfully passed their Ph.D. proposal and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy! Congratulations!
  • July 2014
    • Alex received the GK-12 fellowship from the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin! Congratulations!
    • Mohamed received the Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement! Congratulations!
  • June 2014
    • Matt received the NSF IGERT Fellowship! Congratulations!
  • May 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
    • Budi successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations!
  • September 2013
    • Alex and Zeyu passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam. Congratulations!
    • The APSCL welcomes Matthew Chu Cheong and Zheren Ma to join our group.
  • August 2013
    • Clay successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations!
    • Dr. Chen received another NSF award on "Collaborative Research: Control of Reconfigurable Microgrids with Significant Renewable Power Sources"
  • June 2013
    • John has accepted a tenure-track offer from the University at Buffalo - SUNY as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Congratulations!
  • May 2013
    • Alex and Cody are awarded Master's degrees. Congratulations!
  • April 2013
    • Mohamed has been selected as an intern in the Higher Education Research Experiences program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Congratulations!
  • March 2013
    • Victor's paper titled "Control-Oriented Model of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery with Crossover Effects" received "Best Paper in Session" Award from the 2012 DSCC. Congratulations!
  • November 2012
    • Mohamed and Victor passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam. Congratulations!
  • August 2012
    • Dr. Chen has been appointed as the secretary of the newly formed ASME DSCD Energy Systems Technical Committee
    • ASME DSCD ESTC website
    • John successfully passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations! John has authored and co-authored six journal publications since joining our group in 2009.
  • July 2012
    • Mohamed received the Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement!
  • June 2012
    • Alex is selected by Dr. Thomas Edgar as a recipient of the UT IGERT Fellowship!
  • May 2012
    • Clay advanced to Ph.D. candidacy!
    • Zeyu is awarded a Master's Degree!
  • January 2012
    • The APSCL welcomes Alex Headley and Russell Hall to join our group
  • October 2011
    • Dushyant and Rehan presented their work at the 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, October 31st-November 2nd, 2011
  • September 2011
    • The APSCL welcomes new members Zeyu Yan, Victor Yu, and Mohamed Shaltout
    • Clay Hearn presented his work "Design and Demonstration of an Extended Range Hydrogen Fuel Cell Utility Vehicle" at the 2011 Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, September 6th-9th, 2011
    • Dr. Chen was invited to give a talk on "Exploring Different Technologies to Store Wind and Make a Significant Contribution to Peak Demand" at the 5th Energy Storage Summit, September 26th-28th, 2011
  • July 2011
    • Cody Hill presented his work "Development of a Real-Time Testing Environment for Battery Energy Storage Systems in Renewable Energy Applications" at the 2011 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, July 24th-28th, 2011
  • May 2011
    • Budi Hadisujoto advanced to Ph.D. candidacy
    • Rehan Refai is awarded a Masters Degree for his thesis entitled: "Hybrid Neural Net and Physics Based Model of a Lithium Ion battery"
    • Dr. Chen received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation
    • March 2011
      Dr. Chen presented her research on electrical drive vehicle powertrain systems at the Austin Rotary Club meeting held on March 28th
    • February 2011
      Dushyant Palejiya, Budi Hadisujoto and Cody Hill presented their research at the UT Energy Forum, Feb. 3-4, 2011 Click here to see the posters
    • October 2010
      John Hall advanced to Ph.D. candidacy
    • September 2010
      • Christine Mecklenborg is selected as one of the 4 finalists for the DSCC-2010 best student paper award
      • Dr. Chen served as the co-chair for the “Fuel Cell Modeling and Control” session at the 2010 DSCC, Boston, MA.
      • Our Research Group welcomes Cody Hill and Lanlehin Sope
    • August 2010
      Our Research Group has established a research collaboration with Xtreme Power (XP) on integrated wind turbine and battery systems. We appreciate the funding and support from XP.
    • July 2010
      Dr. Chen served on the Organizing Committee of the 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM2010), Montréal, Canada. She also co-chaired the “Energy and Transportation Systems” session at the AIM 2010.
    • June 2010
    • May 2010
      Sandeep Yayathi is awarded a Masters Degree for his thesis entitled: "Control Oriented Electrochemical Modeling of Lithium-ion Battery Cells for Applications in EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs"
    • April 2010
      Clay Hearn and Budi Hadisujoto have passed their PhD qualifying exams
    • November 2009
      The APSCL welcomes visiting scholar and Diplom-Ingenieur student Philipp Rouenhoff
    • September 2009
      The APSCL welcomes PhD students Christine Mecklenborg and Clay Hearn, and MS/PhD student Rehan Refai
    • March 2009
      The APSCL welcomes MS student Sandeep Yayathi
    • February 2009
      The APSCL welcomes PhD students John Hall and Budi Hadisujoto
    • January 2009
      APSCL is established

The Research Group

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Department of Mechanical Engineering