CURRENT EVENTS









DIRECTOR OF CESaC AWARDED IEEE LIFE FELLOW


We are proud to announce that the Director of the Center for Energy Systems and Control has recently received the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Life Fellow award. This shows the level of dedication and commitment the center is investing into the science community.











PROFESSOR JAMES MOMOH SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND


It is with great joy that we announce the launch of the James Momoh Scholarship Endowment fund. Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional studies at Texas A & M university has set up a scholarship Endowment Fund at Howard University. Funding for this project will be denoted by alumni and friends, like Dr. Butler-Purry, of CESaC. Resource generated from this project will be allocated appropriately for the enhancement of the center.











SCHOLARSHIP FOR NEW PHD STUDENT FROM NIGERIA


A PhD student from Nigeria, Mr. Ehimen Ibhadode, has joined the CESAC research center. His program is dynamically funded by the prestigious Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship fund. His research will focus on the Co-optimization of Renewable Energy Sources for Optimal Power Management for Micro-grid Systems.













2016 IEEE PES POWERAFRICA CONFERENCE, ZAMBIA


Professor James Momoh attended the 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference held in Livingstone, Zambia earlier this year. He was one of the Technical Co-chair of the conference. He, his students and some of his colleagues presented three papers during the event. He also provided a day-long tutorial on the Fundamentals of Microgrid operation and management.











NEW BOOK ALERT!


Recently a book titled Adaptive Stochastic Optimization Techniques with Applications authored by Professor James Momoh has been published. Adaptive Stochastic Optimization Techniques with Applications provides a single, convenient source for state-of-the-art information on optimization techniques used to solve problems with adaptive, dynamic, and stochastic features. Presenting modern advances in static and dynamic optimization, decision analysis, intelligent systems, evolutionary programming, heuristic optimization, stochastic and adaptive dynamic programming, and adaptive critics, this book: Evaluates optimization methods for handling operational planning, Voltage/VAr, control coordination, vulnerability, reliability, resilience, and reconfiguration issues Includes mathematical formulations, algorithms for implementation, illustrative engineering examples, and case studies from actual power systems Discusses the limitations of current optimization techniques in meeting the challenges of smart electric grids Adaptive Stochastic Optimization Techniques with Applications describes cutting-edge optimization methods used to address large-scale system problems applicable to power, energy, communications, transportation, and economics.













EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AKURE (FUTA)


Currently there is an exchange program supported by USAID/ State Department. There are 4 MS students from FUTA who are currently being mentored by Professor James Momoh. Also one of the student mentored by Dr. Momoh previously under the same exchanged program completed his MS Degree.














FELLOWSHIP AWARD FROM CARNEGIE


Fellowship award from Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program(CADFP); Professor James Momoh has been awarded with a fellowship by Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship program.









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RESEARCH/ACTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO DOT/FAA

FAA Approach Lighting System (ALS) Protection
Project rationale:

To Design and Implement an ALS Protection and Power Quality Control Scheme that will Improve the overall performance of The Approach Lighting System (ALS).
Specifically to design and implement a protection scheme that protects the Flashers and Individual Control Cabinet (ICC) from over voltage and current that results from direct and indirect lightning strike.

Business case
1.Number of US airports: 600
2.Major airports: 35
3.Cost of total of ALS systems: $700,000
4.Cost of ICC box large: $22,000 smaller: $12,000

This project address the power quality and protection schemes for the Airport Landing System (Flashers and ICC) will be achieved by:
1.Evaluation of different lightning protection scheme with specifications for the Flashers.
2.Evaluation of different lightning protection schemes and specifications capable of 3.protecting the ICC from Over-voltage that can result from direct and indirect lightning strike.
4.Real time testing of the proposed schemes
5.Update of the existing ALS grounding and protection specifications based on experimental and testing findings.

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NSF MRI DEVELOPMENT OF TEST BED AND PLATFORM FOR ADVANCED MULTISTAGE AUTOMATION AND CONTROL FOR SMART GRID AND MICRO GRID
Project Objectives:

1. Design and develop a highly reconfigurable micro-grid test-bed for testing micro grid designs which will be available to other researchers at Howard University (HU) or researchers at other universities. Also, build hardware environment for processing, evaluating, and testing different micro grid design topologies based on certified protocol.
2. Deploy distributed Phasor Measurement Units (PMU), Phasor Data Concentrator (PDC) and a smart grid test-bed with Real-Time Digital Simulators (RTDS) at HU. The PMU and smart grid will utilize real time data and research product for performance assessment.
3. Study the impact and usage of renewable energy sources in the smart grid and micro grid through real time modeling and hardware-in-the-loop simulation.
4. Develop platforms for various standards development, real time visualization, and application development.
5. Knowledge transfer education, training, and certification program of smart and micro grid design.
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DOE – UTILIZATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TO MEET NEW NATIONAL CHALLENGES IN ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Project Objectives:

1. Modeling, Evaluation, and Optimization of Renewable Energy Resources (RERs) and Integrated Environment.
2. Conventional and Innovative storage Methodologies and Control for RERs
3. Network Performance Studies, Voltage/Var Regulation and Frequency Control
4. Cost Benefit Analysis for RER-Integrated System
5. Experimental and Test System Development for Microgrid Environment
6. Standards and Interoperability Evaluation for Design of Proposed RER Network
7. Education Experience, Internship and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Green Power Management, RERs and their Applications in Hybrid or Integrated Power Systems
8. Project Management and Reporting

The equipments, supplies and materials needed to build the small scale micro grid for conclusion research and education activities at the CESaC have been purchased, assembled and set up for different research and education activities by the new graduate students Howard university.

Following the arrival of the equipment the test bed was organized for the training session from the vendor from Canada who came to the university for three days for onsite training for our students and faculty. Upon setting-up the test bed, we prepared several exercises on how to use OPAL RT simulator.

We organized a series of practical hands on exercises ranging from basic exercises to advanced assignments that will be used as part of the curriculum for undergraduate courses in power, electronics and control systems . As a result of the current setup, limited space remains for carrying out other project work.