UT Power Engineering Laboratory - "Powering the Future"

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The University of Tennessee Power Engineering Laboratory is known for its high quality research contributions in power system analysis, power system reliability, power quality, power electronic converters, control of motor drives, and silicon carbide based power electronic systems.

The University of Tennessee's Power Engineering program is one of the top 10 power engineering programs in the U.S. based on research funding, number of students, and students graduated. The department offers several courses in power electronics, power systems, and energy conversion. The faculty are well-known throughout the world making significant contributions in the area of power and include 4 IEEE Fellows, and 4 of the professors have Chair or named professor positions.

Faculty members involved with research in the laboratory include Dr. Fangxing "Fran" Li, Governor's Chair Professor Dr. Yilu Liu, Dr. Kai Sun, Dr. Leon Tolbert, Dr. Kevin Tomsovic, Dr. Daniel Costinett, and Condra Chair of Excellence Professor Dr. Fred Wang. Dr. B. K. Bose is emeritus,but still active at the university.

Faculty and graduate students also participate in The University of Tennessee's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center, which has an emphasis on drive trains and control systems for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).

Since 2000, more than 20 Ph.D. students and more than 35 M.S. students have graduated from this laboratory, and over $25 million in research funding has been obtained from sources such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, EPRI, and several companies.

The laboratory also has close collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Transportation Research Center (NTRC), Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center (PEEMRC), and the Power Systems Research Center. The laboratory has also collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which has an office in Knoxville, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Graduate students, research scholars, and visiting professors from different countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United States) have done various advanced projects in the laboratory.

Members of the Power Engineering Laboratory conduct research in the following areas:

  • Power Electronics Interface with Distributed Energy Sources such as Photovoltaics or Wind
  • Modeling Silicon Carbide Power Electronics Devices and Systems
  • High Power Density Converters
  • Multi-level Convertors for PV and Grid Applications
  • Power Electronics Packaging for High Temperature
  • Power Electronics for Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Power Electronics for High Efficiency Data Center Power Supplies
  • Reactive Power Compensators for Power Systems
  • Power Electronics for Aerospace Applications
  • Neural Network Techniques for Fault Detection in Inverters
  • Gate Drives for Wide Bandgap Power Devices
  • Active gate drives for IGBT's
  • Smart Grid Applications
  • Impact on System Imbalance with Distributed Generators
  • Unbalanced Three-phase Load Flow in Distribution Systems
  • Power System Reliability and Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Computing Technique in Power System Analysis
  • Power System Economics and Market Simulation
  • Residential Load Modeling
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Min H. Kao Engineering Building