Electricity Systems


Electricity Systems involve the wide-area electricity infrastructure (the “grid”) from centralized generation through transmission and distribution. With rising energy demand and evolving energy supply, the thrust areas in Electricity Systems research seek to overcome power systems challenges, such as integration of DERs, industrial efficiency and multi-agent operation. A “smart” electricity system, including smart grids and reconfigurable micro-grids requires multiple innovations:

  • Improved distribution control systems to manage generation variability, cost and hardware
  • New sensor systems and interfaces to enable real-time control and decision-making
  • Optimized  transmission switching for asset management and increased component loading
  • Models of renewables, load, uncertainty, storage and demand response and dynamic simulations

CWRU’s Electricity Systems research builds on strengths in sensors, communication and controls providing a foundation for smart grid connectivity of renewables and storage, as well as micro-grid development for industrial customers. In addition, the University has applied its expertise in management and economic sciences to develop tools for the energy market such as the Energy Information Dashboard (EIDA) co-developed with FirstEnergy. Working with the Department of Energy, the University is also committed to developing technologies to support energy efficiency through its on-going partnership with the US Manufacturing Innovation consortium the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).

New power system concepts are being investigated at one of CWRU’s newest energy centers, the Electricity Systems Research Lab (ESRL). ESRL leverages faculty expertise in the development of a smart electricity infrastructure including research of microgrid monitoring and analysis.

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