Our research helps modern power engineers work with end-user applications and devices such as smart meters, and develop strategies for grid design and operation. Our research also helps power engineers address interconnection and intra-facing frameworks within each individual substation of the grid, such as generation, transmission and distribution.
Making the electricity grid smart has become a worldwide priority. To bring aging electric grids into the 21st century requires incorporating power engineering with the latest digital communications system and information technology areas including sensors, electronics, controls and wireless devices. There are many benefits to a smart electricity grid:
- Electric utilities could turn off loads remotely at times of peak demand.
- Utilities could also better manage integration into their distribution systems of new modes of power generation such as solar and wind.
- Consumers are informed and in control of their power consumption.