Welcome to SPS - the Smart Grid Power Systems Laboratory.

The Smart Grid Power Systems (SPS) lab, including faculty members Lingling Fan and Zhixin Miao, has focus areas of modeling and control of wind and solar energy systems, high power electronics applications in smart grids, microgrids and wide area measurement applications. In renewable energy grid integration area, our research provides analytical tools and power electronic control based solutions to achieve fast and flexible power routing. Our research also tackles potential dynamics which could lead to system blackouts. We are currently working on setting up supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for solar PV and battery systems. In wide area measurement applications, our research has the potential to enhance electric system monitoring by real-time dynamic system estimation using state-of-the-art computing hardware and techniques.

The smart grid power system lab is equipped with the state-of-the-art power system computer simulation tools, including PSCAD/EMTDC and Matlab/SimPowersystems, on two Dell servers, a digital control (dSpace) based electric drive set with a variety of electric machines, National Instrument data acquisition and real-time control systems and hardware-in-the-loop test beds based on an Opal-RT real-time digital simulator. Our lab is a member of OSIsoft pioneer program, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory university program and JMAG. The donation from the industry includes a $250K PI enterprise system capable of real-time monitoring and archiving, JMAG finite element analysis software packages and SEL transmission/distribution protection devices, etc..

Our current research projects are funded through National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, etc.. Our collaborators include utility companies (Progress Energy and Tampa Electric), transmission organizations (Midwest ISO), manufactures (Beckwith), and R&D institutes (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Draper Laboratory and Alstom China Center).

Our students are highly demanded by the industry and R&D institutes. Recent graduates found employment s and internship in consulting firms (Pwr Solution at Dallas TX) and PNNL.