Program supports students with a CEME Undergraduate Research and
Leadership Award of $10,000 per academic year. Awardees work an
average of ten hours per week on research projects in CEME laboratories
during the academic year, successfully complete CEME-related courses,
and actively participate in a leadership role in a range of CEME
Power and energy student Olaoluwa Ajala, Professors Robert Pilawa-Podgursku and Pete Sauer, and Research Engineeer Kevin Colravy assist Society for Women Engineers team in solar system design for East Africa
A new eBay data center in Salt Lake City is the first data center in the world to adopt fuel cells as the primary power souce. ECE professors Alejandro Domíinguez-García, George Gross, and Philip Krein found that the fuel-cell system outperformed existing systems on every metric.
Using U of I's 60-panel solar array through Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid, Professors Robert PIlawa Podgurski and Alejandro Domínguez-García will coordinate experiments and guide student research in areas such as innovative control, grid connections, and further advances in microinverters and power electronics.
China 2013-Team PKUI Peking University/University of Illinois
Peking University and the University of Illinois are working as a team to pursue innovative design methods while relying on mutual strengths and expertise. The PKU+UIUC 2013 Solar Decathlon China entry seeks to meet the Chinese market’s need for a refuge from overcrowded cities and to turn that desire into a generative living cycle. Drawing from China’s rich architectural roots and current leadership in technology, the home is designed with history and progress at its core.
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- December 2, 2013 Differential Power Processing of Series-Connected Photovoltaic Sub-Modules Using the PV-To-Virtual Bus Architecture and Fault Detection and Isolation in Switched Linear Systems
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Grainger CEME Undergrad research - One of the nation's largest endowed research programs
Twenty-eight undergrads worked in the Grainger labs during the fall 2012 semester. Teaming up with grad students and faculty, they acquired hands-on lab and research experience gaining knowledge, self-confidence, and motivation to spark their own creativity. They were supported through research grants and various programs, including the CEME Undergraduate Research and Leadership Program, PURE – Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering, Senior thesis (ECE 496/ECE 499), ISUR – Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, independent study, and Engineering Open House.
The CEME has supported undergrads working for individual grad students and as members of large student teams since its founding in 1999. Check out the ongoing history of CEME undergrad research support in Highlights from 2010-2011.
2013 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drive Conference - May 12-15, 2013 was held at the Westin O'Hare, Chicago (Rosemont), IL.
The IEEE IEMDC, presented every two years, provides an international forum for sharing original ideas and developments in design, operation, analysis, application, and optimization for electric machinery and drive systems and their components. IEMDC'13 featured tutorial short courses and a student design competition. Five plenary speakers: Charles Sullivan, Emil Levi, Heinz Lendenmann, Roberto Petrella, and Thomas Habetler highlighted various aspects of electric machines and drives, as well as renewable and alternative energy aplications.
Papers on 26 session topics were presented in six different tracks, including electric vehicles, drive trains for wind applications, switched reluctance motor drives,thermal modeling of machines.drives, and machine topologies.
Professor Philip Krein, Grainger Endowed Director's Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the General Chair of IEEE IEMDC'13. See conference pictures here.
Check out the PECI 2013 conference papers posted on IEEE Xplore. And see the Call for papers for PECI 2014 to be held on February 28-March 1.
Installing Solar Panels
Professor Krein installed six solar panels on his garage using photovoltaic panels with attached inverters and self-sealing screws to mount brackets holding panels on the roof. The inverter was invented and manufactured by his company, SolarBridge Technologies. Clockwise from the upper left: inverter, bracket, self-sealing screw, screw/bracket mount, and six mounted panels. Rob Kantor detailed the cost. Installation photos.