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New book shares real-world applications and trends in smart grid sensors and data analytics
New book shares real-world applications and trends in smart grid sensors and data analytics hannar Mon, 05/02/2022 - 15:29 More News May 03, 2022Engineers in academia or in industry with an interest in power grid modernization can learn the latest about sensor technologies and innovative use cases of various sensor data in a new book.  Smart Grid Sensors: Principles and ApplicationsSmart Grid Sensors: Principles and Applications (Cambridge University Press), published in April 2022 by professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, covers smart grid sensors, a component of electrical power grids that use real-time monitoring to lower costs, save energy, integrate renewable energy resources, and improve reliability, security and resiliency. The book’s contents enhance knowledge in the area of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, one of 12 key research themes at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.  Currently, there is a lot of international interest in modernizing the electric power infrastructure, including the Biden administration’s “Building a Better Grid” initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines. A big part of this is understanding how to obtain and analyze a wide range and a large volume of data from traditional and state-of-the-art smart grid sensors, the crux of Mohsenian-Rad’s book. This includes the analysis of abnormalities and incipient failures, i.e., problems that are in their early stages but can lead to potential catastrophic failures in the future.  The book addresses data-driven and intelligent methods for using sensor measurements and topics such as smart meters, synchronized phasor measurements, synchronized waveform measurements, situational awareness, probing and working with off-domain measurements. Ultimately, Mohsenian-Rad says, the book is a gateway to understanding the broader subject of smart grid development and the field of big data in power systems.   Professor Hamed Mohsenian-Rad and his new book Smart Grid Sensors: Principles and ApplicationsThe book provides examples, exercise questions, and sample data sets, with emphasis on real-world smart grid problems and engineering scenarios, as well as step-by-step explanations for data-driven and mathematical methods used to employ measurements from various sensor technologies in important applications. Many of the examples in this book are inspired by the author’s research activities, and several terabytes of sensor measurements that he has been working on over the past decade. The online version of the book is publicly available to UC Riverside faculty and students here. Others can access the book at Cambridge University Press here. Mohsenian-Rad is Bourns Family Faculty Fellow, associate director of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and director of the Smart Grid Research Lab. In 2020, he was named as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an honor that is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments. Mohsenian-Rad has received several awards in research and teaching, including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, and Best Paper Awards from multiple IEEE conferences. Tags WCGEC Electrical and Computer Engineering Share This
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Faculty Recruitment - Professor with tenure and WCGEC Director
The University of California, Riverside's (UCR) Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) invites applications for a Professor with Tenure position, who will serve as the Director of the BCOE Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC). The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and leading the Center, in addition to regular faculty duties that involve research and teaching. Successful candidates should have a proven and active record of vibrant leadership experience and externally funded research. While all qualified candidates will be considered, distinguished
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Dr. Nazaripouya awarded $939k award with CEC
Dr. Hamidreza Nazaripouya, affiliated faculty of Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC) and Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, was selected for a three-year, $939,232 agreement with the California Energy Commission (CEC) for his proposal entitled “Residential Solar+Storage Control Unit for Providing Grid Services and Demand Side Management” in collaboration with Alfredo Martinez-Morales (affiliated WCGEC researcher), Grid Alternatives, and Oklahoma State University. The purpose of this Agreement is to fund demonstrations to evaluate the operations that residential energy
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Retirement of Dr. Chan Seung Park
After an incredible 22 years of service at UC Riverside, Dr. Chan Seung Park retired from the university on 6/30/2020. Dr. Chan Seung Park has been bestowed the title of Associate Adjunct Professor Emeritus by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox under the authority of The Regents and the President of the University of California. Dr. Park's research has made significant advancement in environmental science and engineering, including vehicle emission measurement, production of liquid and gaseous fuels from renewable resources, alternative energy storage technologies and energy efficiency improvement
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    Mission

    To advance solutions for today’s energy storage demands, while developing far-sighted energy storage, generation, and distribution research and energy-use strategies for tomorrow’s applications.

    Vision

    Bridging the gap between industry and academia, the center will address energy generation, storage, and distribution needs and issues contributing to the economic, social, and environmental health of communities around the world.

    Goals

    • Foster a premier academic environment of research and discovery in sustainable energy, with a focus on storage issues;
    • Educate a diverse and distinguished engineering workforce that is dedicated to addressing global energy needs;
    • Offer tools and training that will increase the capacity of public and private planners, architects, engineers, utilities and developers to design and build energy-efficient community projects;
    • Build partnerships with global organizations and businesses to foster clean energy storage solutions; and
    • Inspire leadership and community to take action to address energy storage issues in California and the world.

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