With support from WiSys, Fang Yang, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at UW-Platteville and collaborator, Zhao Li, are developing solutions to use energy more efficiently with a comprehensive microgrid energy management system.
While typical existing microgrid energy management techniques focus on the inclusion of renewable resources in the supply of power, they do not use the renewable resources to their full power generation capacity and also ignore the interaction between the microgrid and the utility grid.
This insufficient microgrid energy management leads to longer payback periods for the installation of renewable resources and higher microgrid operation costs than necessary.
Yang and Li’s work could have applications in individual buildings, campuses, bases, remote sites and small communities.
At this point in development, Yang and Li are doing real-world testing, which is “critical to increase the technology maturity and reduce the risk and cost in the productization and commercialization stages,” according to Yang.
Some of the benefits of real-world simulation are exposing the technology to realistic conditions to test their expectations, detect hidden defects, and collect operation data to begin commercializing the final model.
Yang and Li are working closely with WiSys and note the positive outcomes of this partnership.
WiSys worked to protect the research with a patent application, mobilized the product for commercialization and productization, as well as market the technology.
In the future, Yang hopes to further her research, focus on improvement and marketability, expand the boundaries of her previous research to incorporate newer technologies such as artificial intelligence and extend the microgrid technology to additional uses.
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