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Clarkson University Grad Students Awarded Honors for Energy Papers

Research by two Clarkson University electrical & computer engineering graduate students, which was recently recognized at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society 2016 General Meeting, could also benefit Potsdam residents in the future.

Chenxi Dai, Jie Li, and Yikui LiuElectrical & Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Jie Li and Associate Professor Lei Wu collaborated with Ph.D. students Yikui Liu and Chenxi Dai to write two papers.

The titles of the papers and their authors are “Ex-Post Real-Time Distribution LMP Based on State Estimation,” by Yikui Liu, Jie Li, Lei Wu, and Qingzhen Liu, and “A Two-Stage Robust Transmission Expansion Planning Approach with Multi-Band Uncertainty Set,” by Chenxi Dai and Lei Wu.

One made mathematical calculations related to electrical distribution network and pricing, while the other outlined ways to strengthen the sustainability of power grid by adding more renewable energy. Both papers were selected as Best Conference Papers at the IEEE Power & Energy Society meeting in July in Boston.

“Only about two percent of papers are recognized as the Best Conference Papers,” says Wu. “In one paper, we used mathematical models to accurately calculate electricity pricing at the distribution level. This means we can provide a better incentive for customers on ways to adjust their energy use to save money and also benefit the electricity grid. The other paper involves the optimal investment of transmission lines in order to facilitate the dramatic growing of renewable energy integration and long-standing load forecast inaccuracy.”

The microgrid research explored ways to add more green and renewable energy, reduce pollution and make a more efficient system, he adds.

Last fall, the National Science Foundation awarded Clarkson University $999,720 to develop advanced, resilient microgrid technology to improve disaster response capability. The project will complement ongoing projects to plan and design a resilient underground microgrid in Potsdam. The Potsdam microgrid features a unique partnership of generator owners, local government, regulated utility, and critical load entities.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Electrical & Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Jie Li and Associate Professor Lei Wu recently collaborated with their Ph.D. students to write two papers, which were selected as Best Conference Papers at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society General Meeting. Left to right: Ph.D. student Chenxi Dai, Li, and Ph.D. student Yikui Liu.

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