OPTIMAL POWER STRATEGIES

Our goal is to link technological research with business and defense strategies to find optimal solutions, such as:

  • Integrated communications and distributed controls for the management of electric power systems in a deregulated, restructured market
  • Robust decentralized control design of power systems
  • Analytical tools to identify and design control signals to damp low frequency local and inter-area oscillations using Power System Stabilizers and FACTS devices
  • Applying fuzzy control and genetic algorithms to the design of controllers
  • Software simulation tool development for power system dynamics
  • Real-time predictive control to manage system reliability
  • Economic models for rapid, even real-time, analysis of energy markets
  • Auction simulations to determine competitive market strategies
  • Distributed intelligent control agents for reliable operation of electric power systems for civilian uses and for Naval electric warships of the future

EXPERTS GENERATING POWER SOLUTIONS

APERC Director Ali Feliachi, the Electric Power Systems Chair in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, combines academic rigor with professional experience he gained while working for the Algerian National Electric and Gas Company (SONELGAZ) and consulting for Georgia Power Company. He has specialized in the study of large-scale systems for over 25 years, and has published more than 145 journal and conference papers.

As leader of APERC, Dr. Feliachi pulls together teams of experts from electrical and mechanical engineering, economics, mathematics, computer science, and other disciplines, supported by highly motivated students who generate solutions in response to challenges. He also seeks advice from industry to ensure the practical orientation of the proposed solutions.

APERC research programs under his direction include: Integrated Computing, Communication, and Distributed Control of Deregulated Electric Energy Systems, with a team of eight faculty and fifteen graduate students, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Robust Decentralized Control of Power Systems funded by the National Science Foundation, Intelligent Agents for Reliable Operation of Electric Warship Power Systems funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, and West Virginia Super Circuit funded by U.S. Department of Energy.

OPPORTUNITIES

Joint Research Opportunities

APERC welcomes partnerships with federal and state agencies as well as with industry through jointly funded research.

Professional Continuing Education

Dedicated to professional development, APERC offers occasional workshops and short courses for professionals in the field.

Student Placements

APERC offers an outreach program through which high quality graduate students may be placed with federal and private research laboratories to conduct joint APERC and host organization studies. The outreach program is very flexible and can range from a formal practicum or internship at the host’s site to a more informal consulting-type arrangement. Such arrangements afford the student a glimpse of real world issues, and offer the host an opportunity to assess the quality of the student as a prospective employee.

FUNDING

We have received funding for our research from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the US Department of Defense (DoD).

APERC acknowledges the gracious support of the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC), the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (LDCSEE), and the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU (NRCCE).

PARTNERS

The following are actively involved in advising and funding research at APERC:

  • Allegheny Power (AP)
  • American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Augusta Systems (AS)
  • Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC)
  • Duquesne Light (DQL)
  • First Energy (FE)
  • Mon Power (MP)
  • Mitsubishi Electric Power Products (MEPPI)
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
  • National Research Center for Coal & Energy (NRCCE)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • PJM Interconnection (PJM)
  • Research and Development Support Services (RDS)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

CONTACT

Ali Feliachi, Director APERCLane Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical EngineeringStatler College of Engineering and Mineral ResourcesEngineering Sciences BuildingPO Box 6109Morgantown, WV 26506-6109Phone (304) 293-0405 Fax (304) 293-8602alfeliachi@mail.wvu.edu