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ISU Engineer Developing Tools and Technologies to Make a Smarter Power Grid

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, images showing long, dark swaths along the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Zhaoyu Wang, an Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and others are working to change the consequences of natural disasters on the grid. They’re looking for ways to modernize the distribution system that brings power to homes and offices. 

The engineers are working to: 

  • Develop tools to help utilities in recovering from natural disasters

  • Create a practical model for planning and predicting power demand down to the level of homes and businesses

  • Devise models to monitor and mitigate cascading power outages

  • Construct an advanced business model that manages the risks and uncertainties of the power system

December 2016

 

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