With a new $1.4 million grant, University of Michigan researchers led by Pascal Van Hentenryck, the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at U-M will lead an effort to model a year in the life of a power grid, creating the most detailed, adaptable power grid simulation ever made.
Their model will inform the software at the heart of tomorrow’s smart electrical grid, which will need to shuffle electricity on the fly to constantly optimize the balance between supply and demand. That’s a radical departure from current practice, but experts say it will be essential to build a system that can handle the uncertainty that the future will bring. Next-generation energy systems will rely more on renewable – but intermittent – sources like solar and wind.
“The energy landscape in ten years is going to look much different than it does today,” said Pascal Van Hentenryck, the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at U-M, who leads the project. “We’re going to see a shift from fossil fuels to renewables, more frequent extreme weather and new demands from electrical customers who are generators as well as consumers of electricity. To adapt to those changes, we’re going to have to reconsider some of the basic assumptions about how an electrical grid should work.”
Professor Mariel Lavieri has received sponsored funding from National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her project “A Unified Methodology for Optimizing the Management of Chronic Diseases.” The objective is to create new methodology that enables the integration of operational and disease management decisions for patients with chronic diseases.The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.