Energy Systems Analysis
Our research focuses on the design and control of energy
systems under uncertainty. One important application of this work is to simulate
how decisions are made so that we can understand how energy operators behave
under realistic operating conditions. This work will also allow us to understand
how the performance of a technology affects its use in the marketplace.
research - A summary of our research projects, including topics such as:
- Optimizing the demands from buildings in New York City as electric
vehicles push the grid close to capacity.
- Optimizing the storage of energy in portfolios of technologies spanning
ultracapacitors and batteries to compressed air and water reservoirs.
- Models and algorithms for planning energy investments under fine-grained
and coarse-grained uncertainty.
- Modeling heavy-tailed price processes, and developing models and
algorithms for stochastic optimization when sources of uncertainty have infinite
The undergraduate energy research
group - The undergraduate senior thesis working group is studying a diverse
range of problems such as
- SmartGrid strategies for managing building demand in New York City
as the growth of electric vehicles pushes the grid to capacity.
- Strategies for balancing wind energy with hydroelectric storage
in both the U.S. and China.
- Optimizing the charging of electric vehicles with intermittent wind
energy and volatile power prices.
- Understanding the impact of intermittent energy and transmission
capacity on cell phone behavior in Africa.
Energy resources - A growing compilation
of links to interesting sources of information in energy.