A new Iowa State University research project will explore how to grow crops and keep bees amid solar panels. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the research will be conducted a few miles south of Ames, where Alliant Energy plans to begin construction in April on a 1.35 megawatt solar farm.
Cyclone Engineering’s Wind Energy team is on their way to compete in Phase 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2023 Collegiate Wind Competition. The Iowa State student group was selected as one of the 13 teams to compete in designing and building a prototype wind turbine, designing an offshore wind farm and presenting about wind energy careers and outreach.
The Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS) funding program examines how agrivoltaics can provide new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.
The Agriculture and Solar Together: Research Opportunities (ASTRO) advisory group members come from across the United States and represent leading solar industry partners, state agencies, and other organizations focused on research, food and agricultural, and the environment.
When the power grid goes down, there’s a step-by-step recovery process – a “blackstart” that up to now has depended on power from gas or hydro turbines spinning away inside a power plant.
When the Iowa Army National Guard was looking for ways to improve the environmental sustainability of their facilities, they called upon the expertise of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University. Song-Charng Kong, mechanical engineering (ME) professor at Iowa State, led the effort. Former graduate student Benjamin Robertson, who completed his M.S. in ME in …Continue reading “MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency”
Third-year Iowa State University electrical and computer engineering (ECpE) Ph.D. student Yuxuan Yuan has dedicated his research to working to improve the efficiency of the analysis and application of data to power systems. Yuan does this by taking data collected by government and power utility companies, and finding new ways to more effectively interpret it. …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Yuxuan Yuan improves data analysis”
Keeping the power grid running efficiently and effectively is crucial to the continuation of our way of life. Since joining Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2019, Assistant Professor Hugo Villegas Pico has been conducting research aimed at improving the reliability of the power grid in order to prevent untimely …Continue reading “ECpE assistant professor earns first research grant since joining ISU”
After completing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur and working as a project assistant for one-year at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India, Vivek Kumar Singh began searching for opportunities to further his education. This search eventually led him to Iowa State University in 2015. …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Ph.D. candidate Vivek Kumar Singh”
Anne Kimber is an innovator and leader of electric power and energy-related fields. As the Director of the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, her level of expertise is valuable and seemingly limitless. EPRC works to promote and expand electric power and energy-related research …Continue reading “EPRC Director Anne Kimber: Generating a better world for all”
The life and career of Aziz Fouad (PhDEE ’56), distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was celebrated during an honorary symposium July 7 at the Memorial Union. Friends, family and colleagues joined in the Campanile Room to honor Professor Fouad and welcome him back to campus. “Whether …Continue reading “ECpE hosts honorary symposium for Aziz Fouad”
It’s scary enough to envision the nation’s electrical grid collapsing under an enemy attack or because of a powerful solar radiation onslaught. But it’s even more disturbing, perhaps, to think that we might someday suffer a massive nationwide blackout because the grid simply breaks down on its own. “What happens is, a failure occurs somewhere …Continue reading “ECpE’s Ian Dobson quoted by National Geographic”
by Thane Himes Vijay Vittal (PhD EE ’82), former distinguished professor of electrical engineering at ECpE, has been named the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award. Vittal’s work includes a number of projects in several areas, including online dynamic security assessment, the application of a new analytical methods to …Continue reading “ECpE alum, former professor honored by IEEE”
Finding success in the energy industry and now pursuing a career in the audio industry, David Slump’s determined attitude and need for constant challenge demonstrates that engineers can find opportunities in non-traditional places. Growing up outside Chicago, Slump knew he wanted to attend a university that offered a hands-on engineering experience. Iowa State offered him …Continue reading “The vast opportunities of an engineer”