Welcome to Electric Power & Energy Systems Lab website. We conduct research on smart grid and sustainable energy, and teach both fundamental and advanced power engineering courses at UConn.  Our team has proven expertise in smart distribution networks, microgrids and networked microgrids, solar PV power systems, real-time cyber-physical systems, power system resilience and risk assessment, grid converters for renewable resources, wind & PV farm planning, transmission system planning, electromagnetic transients and power quality, and ocean power systems. We are well prepared to tackle challenging problems in industry and to offer new technologies that shape future power grid.

Our Mission

Electric power systems are critical infrastructures for modern society. Our laboratory has been and will be dedicated to building a resilient, intelligent, sustainable, and safe power grid, and providing solutions not only technically & economically sound, but also satisfying social, environmental, & business development requirements.

Recent News

Currently, Power Lab is looking for two Assistant Research Professors to lead and conduct sponsored research. Meanwhile, Power Lab always seek talented Ph.D. students who will be fully sponsored by NSF, DOE and Eversource. Qualified candidates please send your resume with the names of three referees to peng.zhang@uconn.edu.

8/1/2019 Three IEEE journal papers are completed and submitted. Congratulations to our lead PhD students and their teams!

7/8/2019 Our abstract on microgrid cybersecurity has been accepted by the Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC'20). Congratulations to Zefan, Yanyuan, Zimin and Walter!

7/6/2019 Our first journal paper on DC microgrid ‘Mutual interactions and stability analysis of bipolar DC microgrids’ has been accepted for publication.

4/22/2019 Dr. Bing Yan will join Rochester Institute of Technology as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting August 2019. Congratulations to Bing and Peter.

4/08/2019 Dr. Yan Li will join Penn State as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting August 2019. She also receives the IEEE CT Chapter Outstanding Engineering Award for her contributions to networked microgrids. Congratulations.

4/05/2019 Heqiang successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis. His work has recently been accepted by the 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) to be held in Baltimore, MD on September 29 - October 3, 2019. Congratulations.

3/27/2019 Yan received the 2019 Women of Innovation Award (Collegian Innovation and Leadership). This year over 190 outstanding researchers and industry leaders were nominated for the WoI awards. Congratulations!

3/13/2019 Yan has been selected as the recipient from the Graduate School for the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award. Yan received this honor for being excelled academically within SoE and demonstrating high achievement in research and service to the University community. Congratulations. Yan's award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the UConn Alumni Center.

2/21/2019  Our paper Active Fault Manager for Networked Microgrids has been accepted by the 2019 IEEE PESGM. Congratulations to our Team.

2/2/2019 Our new paper Compositional Power Flow for Networked Microgrids has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal. Congratulations to our Team.

1/25/2019 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics Special Section on Resilience, Reliability, and Security in Cyber-Physical Systems is open for paper submission. Deadline for full paper submission is May 31, 2019.

1/16/2019 Prof. Zhang is appointed to the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.

1/10/2019 Zefan and Jieying's two papers, Enabling Cyberattack-Resilient Load Forecasting through Adversarial Machine Learning and Ensuring Cyberattack-Resilient Load Forecasting with A Robust Statistical Method, have both been accepted by the 2019 PESGM. Congratulations to the team!

1/8/2019 Lizhi and Lynn's paper Securing Power Distribution Grid Against Power Botnet Attacks has been accepted by the 2019 IEEE PESGM. Congratulations to the team!

12/18/2018 Yan successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation Cyber Physical Networked Microgrids. Congratulations to Yan!

12/17/2018 SDN-Enabled Cyber-Physical Security in Networked Microgrids has been approved for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Congratulations to Yan, Yuanyuan, Amir and the team.

12/14/2018 Our patent Enabling Resilient Microgrid Through Ultra-Fast Programmable Network has been approved. Congratulations to the team.

12/1/2018 Yan's paper and Lingyu's paper are listed as popular papers on the IEEE websites.

11/24/2018 Zefan's paper 'Extreme Photovoltaic Power Analytics for Electric Utilities' has been approved for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Congratulations.

11/06/2018 Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES) announces that Prof. Zhang is to receive the Excellence in Energy Award. Congratulations.

10/16/2018 Prof. Zhang has been chosen for appointment to a Centennial Professorship in the School of Engineering. Congratulations.

10/16/2018 Presss Release: UCONN PhD Student Yan Li to be Honored with the 2018 Rising Star Award. Congratulations.   Yan received this award on Oct. 24.

09/24/2018 Yan's paper 'Distributed Formal Analysis for Power Networks with Deep Integration of Distributed Energy Resources' has been accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Congratulations!

09/17/2018 Prof. Zhang has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation in Academic Award 'for strong leadership and outstanding contributions in research and teaching in the areas of microgrids, smart communities and cities, cyber-physical security and smart ocean systems'.

09/14/2018 Yan is selected as the NEP 2018 Rising Star by the Connecticut Power & Energy Society. Yan’s research has solved challenging problems for Eversource Energy, and helped Power Lab win federal grants in the past three years. She has published intensively (28 peer reviewed papers so far; a book in production) in cyber security, software defined networks, microgrids, and power system resilience and stability. Congratulations to Yan!

8/29/2018 Power Lab receives a new research grant to explore the next generation microgrid technologies. Thank You, NSF!

6/15/2018 Prof. Zhang is named the August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professor by The Technical University of Munich. The August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship is awarded "to scientists with an outstanding international reputation who wish to engage in an intensive collaboration with TUM researchers".

6/6/2018 Prof. Zhang is appointed as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering.

5/16/2018 Yan has been selected to the highly competitive and prestigious John Lof Leadership Academy. She also receives an Outstanding Predoctoral Fellowship from ECE Department today.  Congratulations to Yan for her achievements!

5/5/2018 Dr. Zhang is appointed as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

4/20/2018 Yan’s paper “Non-Detection Zone Analytics for Unintentional Islanding in Distribution Grid Integrated with Distributed Energy Resources” has been accepted by IEEE Transactions. Congratulations.

3/9/2018 Yan wins First Place Award in the UConn SoE 4th Annual Graduate Poster Competition. Congratulations.

3/7/2018 Yan, Zefan and Kuni have four papers selected for presentation by IEEE PESGM. Congratulations.

3/5/2018 Taofeek wins the 2018 Connecticut Chapter IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award. Congratulations.

2/21/2018 Yan is selected to participate in the workshop on Improving the Diversity of Faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering (iREDEFINE ECE) to be held in Monterey, CA. Congratulations.

1/21/2018 Dr. Zhang is appointed as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

12/21/2017 Our lab featured on UConn SoE website. Thank you Eli, Chris and colleagues for interviewing Power Lab members: Zhang and His Students Look To Advance Power Systems Into The Future.

12/1/2017 DOE has funded a new project for Power Lab to perform research for dynamic stability assessment of large interconnected grids under uncertainties. Thank you, DOE!
We seek motivated Ph.D. candidates for this project. Please email your CV to Prof. Zhang if you are interested.

12/19/2017 Taofeek is selected to receive a Navy STEM Graduate Fellowship. The selection process was highly competitive and Taofeek was selected because of “the strong relevance of his research to Navy applications”.  Congratulations!

11/30/2017 Yan’s paper “Formal Analysis of Networked Microgrids Dynamics” has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Congratulations!

11/17/2017  Power Lab participated in the Eversource Energy Center’s Annual Workshop. Yan and Zefan presented three posters to leaders and professionals from EPRI, EEI, ISO-NE, DOE, PURA and universities in New England.  Their works on unintentional islanding, PV capacity factor prediction, and cyber security were very well received. Congratulations!

10/30/2017 Lingyu successfully defended her Ph.D dissertation titled “Resilient Microgrids through Software-Defined Networking”. Congratulations!

10/26/2017 Yan is named the 2017 UTC-IASE Endowed Graduate Fellow for her outstanding scholarly work. Congratulations!

10/21/2017 Yan received the 2017 ECE Outstanding Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations!

10/18/2017 Taofeek successfully defended his Ph.D dissertation titled “Modeling, Analysis and Design of Smart Ocean Energy Systems”. Congratulations!

10/16/2017 Professor Chen-Ching Liu gave a distinguished lecture titled “Security and Resiliency of the Power Grid” in Laurel Hall 201. The event was co-sponsored by ECE and EEC, and power lab was honored to host Professor Liu at UConn.

09/21/2017 Dr. Zhang received the ECE Outstanding Research Achievements Award.

09/20/2017 A new record high: Four ECE students from Dr. Zhang’s classes will receive the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarships in 2017. Congratulations to our power engineering talents!

09/8/2017 Dr. Zhang gave an invited talk titled ‘Formal Analysis of Networked Microgrids Dynamics’ at MIT. Sincerely thank Professor Marija Ilic for inviting us and organizing such a great workshop! Thank Yan for her hard work to develop the formal theory.

08/08/2017 Zefan joins Power Lab from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Welcome aboard!

07/24/2017 Lingyu joins United Technologies Research Center as a Senior Engineer. We all wish her greater successes in her new career. Congratulations to Lingyu!

07/20/2017 Taofeek has published his new concept Maximum Power Efficiency Tracking (MPET) for underwater wireless power transfer in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. Congratulations to Taofeek and Cyuansi!

07/18/2017 Lingyu participated in the IEEE PESGM and gave a panel presentation about the SDN-enabled resilient microgrid at UChicago’s Gleacher Center.

07/12/2017 UConn is the top school among 24 Northeastern U.S. universities in terms of the total number of IEEE PES Scholarship applications! Wish more UConn Power Engineering students will receive the scholarships in 2017.

06/26/-06/28 2017 Our team successfully demonstrated our prototype SD2N in the 2017 US Ignite Application Summit, Austin, TX, and gave an invited talk titled “SD2N: Software-Dened Urban Distribution Network for Smart Cities” in the Smart and Connected Communities Researchers Summit. Many thanks to Yan, Lingyu, Yanyuan,Bing, Mikhail, Shaobo and Tao for their hard work in the past six months!

06/07/2017 Lingyu, Yanyuan, Yan, Taofeek and Tao publish a new paper ‘Enabling resilient distributed power sharing in networked microgrids through software defined networking’ in Applied Energy. Congratulations!

02/21/2017 Power Lab and Secure Computation Lab published a paper on synchronized hardware Trojan attacks in the 2nd Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience in Smart Grids. Nice job!

02/13/2017 Lingyu, Taofeek, Kelly and Ethan are recognized on Winter 2017 ECE Newsletter for their academic excellence and services. Congratulations.

01/17/2017 Jason Philhower joins Power Lab to pursue his PhD degree. As a Professional Engineer, Jason brings strong expertise in power generation and distribution. We warmly welcome Jason to our lab and wish him success and happiness for his future here at UConn.

12/15/2016 Dr. Zhang is nominated to be a member of CIGRÉ WG D2.43, a working group to produce a framework of guidelines for Electric Power Utilities to develop, deploy and manage SDN technologies.

11/21/2016 Lingyu’s work on resilient microgrids has been accepted and scheduled for presentation at the 2017 IEEE PES General Meeting, July 16 – 20, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

11/17/2016 Today Yan gave birth to a healthy baby. We all wish Yan and her newborn a future filled with good health, love, and happiness. Congratulations!

11/16/2016 Teaming with Eversource Energy (formerly Northeast Utilities and NSTAR), United Illuminating and other industry partners, Power Lab team members have started collecting data and information for the tens of thousands of commercial and residential PV systems connecting to Connecticut’s distribution grid.

11/16/2016 Kelly Higinbotham wins the IEEE Schweitzer Meritorious Award (#1 IEEE PES Scholar among Northeast U.S. universities). Ethan Freund receives an IEEE PES Scholarship. Congratulations to Kelly and Ethan!

10/20/2016-10/23/2016 Power Lab participated in the Niagara 2016 Symposium on MIcrogrids at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Dr. Zhang presented our preliminary results on the software-defined grid.

09/28/2016 UConn team Derek McCormack, Alsandy Jacot, Joel Velez, and Prof. Zhang had a successful kick-off meeting with UI senior managers to start a design project on distribution grid enhancement and deep integration of PV resources.

09/21/2016 Yan’s letter Active Synchronous Detection of Deception Attacks in Microgrid Control Systems is accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Congratulations.

09/06/2016 Taofeek has been appointed as a Session Chair of MTS/IEEE OCEANS’16, Monterey, CA. Taofeek will be the Chair for Ocean Energy, Aquaculture, etc. in the Blue Economy. Congratulations to Taofeek for being recognized by the top conference in ocean engineering!

07/07/2016 Lingyu and Yanyuan’s paper Enabling Resilient Microgrid through Programmable Network is accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Congratulations.

06/16/2016 CCAT and Power Lab successfully co-hosted a workshop on community microgrids in East Hartford. This workshop disseminated the study results obtained by Lingyu and her team Kevin Burke, Hunter Finneran and Elia D’Onofrio. Their results were highly complimented by USDA and DEEP managers. Congratulations Lingyu, Kevin, Hunter and Elia!

“On Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Connecticut (UConn), and Eversource Energy will be hosting an “Energy Reliability/Microgrids  for Rural Municipalities” workshop at CCAT’s Offices at 222 Pitkin Street in East Hartford, CT. Eligible municipalities, consultants/developers, and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend.”

06/09/2016 Power Lab will demonstrate our new microgrid technology in the GCTC Expo, June 12-15, Austin, TX.

06/09/2016 Lingyu and Yanyuan’s new programmable network prototype will be demonstrated in US Ignite Summit next week in Austin, TX.

06/09/2016 Tyler and Taofeek’s work on underwater wireless power transfer is accepted by MTS/IEEE OCEANS’16,  Monterey, CA.

06/06/2016 Shifted Frequency Analysis (SFA), a next generation dynamic analysis method created by Dr. Zhang, has now been implemented in the GridLAB-D software by scientists in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Seattle as an algorithmic framework to accelerate the challenging task of simulating complex distribution networks with many renewable energy sources and microgrids. PNNL scientists have successfully used SFA to study microgrids and large scale 342-bus distribution grid and reported a 17x speedup and great accuracy.

05/18/2016 Yan submitted an IEEE paper on cyber security.

04/15/2016 Taofeek recognized for leading a high school team in NASA RoverChallenge..

03/08/2016 Lingyu is invited to participate in a prestigious ACM conference.

01/25/2016 Lingyu and Yanyuan filed a patent for our new technology.

10/28/2015 UConn’s graduate certificate program in Power Engineering was approved.

10/08/2015 Prof. Zhang and Yan were invited to give a presentation at BNL’s Smart Grid Workshop, including REV, NY Prize and Microgrids.

08/26/2015 Power Lab welcomes new member in fall 2015 semester.

03/24/2015 Lingyu and Yanyuan’s microgrid prototype was successfully demonstrated at US Ignite in Washington DC.

01/19/2015 Lynn’s paper on electricity resilience has been selected for presentation at the 2015 IEEE PES General Meeting in Denver. Congrats, Lynn.


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