Research

I am interested in research on the interface of power electronics and power system operations. Traditionally, because power electronic technology develops at such a fast pace, it is difficult for these devices to be fully integrated into power systems operations. My effort focuses on how to model these power electronics devices so that they can be included in power system analysis. This analysis will increase the likelihood of adoption of these power electronic devices because benefits will be clear, and operators will be confident in the application of power electronic devices.

My dissertation work has focused on the modelling of power routers. Power routers are power electronics based devices that enable direct control of power flows in a power system. I modelled the capabilities of power routers into the security-constrained optimal power flow algorithm, which we call the flexible security-constrained power flow. I then analyzed the impact of power routers on system generating cost, revenue collected by generators, and cost paid by load serving entities.