E-RESILIENCY Laboratory

Mission

The mission of the E-RESILIENCY (Energy Reliability, Security, Stability, Resilience & Efficiency) Research Laboratory is to enhance power grid reliability, security (cyber and physical), stability, resilience, and efficiency and equip future generation of engineers with necessary tools and skill sets to work on emerging technologies.

 

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Director

   Dr. Mohammed Ben-Idris

    Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014

    M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Benghazi, Libya, 2005

    B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Benghazi, Libya, 1998

    Email: mbenidris@unr.edu

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Graduate Students

 

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 Michael Abdelmalak

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., German University in Cairo, Egypt 

    MBA, German University in Cairo, Egypt 

    Email: mabdelmalak@nevada.unr.edu

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 Mukesh Gautam

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., Tribhuvan University, Nepal

    Email: mukesh.gautam@nevada.unr.edu

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  Ramkrishna Mishan

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., Minnesota State University, Mankato

    M.Sc., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh

    Email: ramkrishna.mishan@mnsu.edu

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  Jitendra Thapa

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., Tribhuvan University, Nepal

    Email: jitendrathapa@nevada.unr.edu

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  Matthew Egan

     PhD. Student

     B.Sc., University of Nevada, Reno

     Email: matthewegan@nevada.unr.edu 

 

 

 

 

 Hadis Hosseinpour

     PhD. Student

     Email: hadis.hosseinpour@nevada.unr.edu

 

 

 

 Brian Augdahl

    PhD. Student

 

 

 

 

 

  Rakib Hossain (Co-advised with Dr. Hanif Livani)

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

    Email: rhossain@nevada.unr.edu

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  Mohammad Mansour (Co-advised with Dr. Hanif Livani)

    PhD. Student

    M.Sc., Babol Noshirvani University of technology, Iran

    Email: mansour@nevada.unr.edu

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  Nia Alexander

    M.Sc. Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Phillip Pratt

    M.Sc. Student

 

 

 

 

 

 


Undergraduate Researchers

  Hamzah Saleh M. Almajed

     BSc. Student

     Project: Building a SCADA System for Power Grids using RTAC and SEL Relays

 

 

 

 

   

 Noah G Calvert

     BSc. Student

     Project: Developing control solutions for Microgrids and simulating power grids using RTDS

 

 

 

 

 

 Jose Guzman

     BSc. Student

     Project: Building a SCADA System for Power Grids using RTAC and SEL Relays

 

 

 

 

 

 Matthew Julio

     BSc. Student

     Project: Developing control algorithms for virtual inertia and measuring ROCOF

 

 

 

 

 

 Matrix Rysewyk

     BSc. Student

     Project: Building a SCADA System and EMS for Power Grids

 

 

 

 

 

 Robert Mushet

     BSc. Student

     Project: Building a communication system for a fleet of PV inverters for grid service

 

 

 

 

 

 Andrew Harris

     BSc. Student

     Project: Building a SCADA System for Power Grids

   

 


Alumni

   Dr. MD Kamruzzaman

    PhD.,  Electrical Engineering

        Email: mkamruzzaman@nevada.unr.edu

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  Dr. Narayan Bhusal

    PhD., Electrical Engineering

    M.Sc., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Email: bhusalnarayan62@nevada.unr.edu

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  Michael Reed

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

   Benjamin Fritz

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; now at NV Energy

 

 

 

   

 

  Michelle Falcon Mujica

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; now at Eaton

 

 

 

  Jonathon Stauffer

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

   

  Antonio Robles

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

 

Matthew Egan

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

 

David Nicolas

     B.Sc., Electrical and Biomedical Engineering


Prospective Students

Have questions about my research or how to get involved?

We are currently looking for excellent PhD students with strong interests in smart grid and renewable energy.  Students who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • MSc degree in electrical engineering;
  • Good writing and communication skills and excellent academic records;
  • Good mathematical, analytical, and modeling skills;
  • Strong background in optimization and power system modeling and analysis;
  • Knowledge of programming in C/C++, Fortran, Python, and MATLAB.

    Please send your CV to: mbenidris@unr.edu and use the following subject line: “Prospective_PhD_Student

 


Ongoing Research Grants

National Science Foundation

CAREER: Reliability and Resilience Assurance of Cyber-physical Energy Systems. Thanks NSF

$500,000, March 2019 - February 2024 

 

Department of Energy

UNR Co-PI with NV Energy, Optimization of Excess Solar and Storage Capacity for Grid Services (in Negotiation). DOE, UNR share: $957,000 (Total: $5M) (08/2020-07/2023). Thanks DOE

 

National Science Foundation

PI, RET Site: Next-generation Clean Energy Sources and Storage. $599,796, (09/2021-08/2024) Thanks NSF

 

National Science Foundation

Co-PI, Collaborative Research: Data-Driven Situational Awareness for Resilient Operation of Distribution Networks with Inverter-based distributed energy resources. $400,000, (09/2020-08/2023) Thanks NSF

 

NSF: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)

The funding under this award will support Mukesh Gautam, PhD student, for internship at NREL for six months; $55,000, July 2021 - February 2024. Thanks NSF

 

NSF: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)

The funding under this award will support Michael Abdelmalak, PhD student, for internship at NREL for six months; $55,000, July 2021 - February 2024. Thanks NSF

 

   

Completed Projects

NSF: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)

The funding under this award supported Michael Abdelmalak, PhD student, for internship at EnerNex LLC for six months; $55,000. Thanks to NSF and EnerNex LLC

 

NSF: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)

The funding under this award supported Narayan Bhusal, PhD student, for internship at Quanta Technology LLC for six months; $55,000. Thanks to NSF and Quanta Technology LLC

 

Department of Energy through NREL and City of Reno

Round 2 of the Solar Energy Innovation Network

Quantifying the Resilience Value of Solar Plus Storage in Reno, $59,276, 05/13/2020 - 08/12/2121. Thanks City of Reno, DOE, NREL

NSF: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)

The funding under this award supported MD Kamruzzaman, PhD student, for internship at GEIRI North America for six months; $55,000. Thanks to NSF and GEIRINA

 

A Lyapunov Function Based Remedial Action Screening Tool Using Real-Time Data

A project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Award No. DE-OE0000625; Led by Dr. Joydeep Mitra, Michigan State University
 
  1. To develop an energy function based method of transient stability analysis that can be solved at real-time speed without the use of massively parallel computation resources. The energy function is used for assessing global stability as well as local stability along with the determination of basin of attraction of the equilibrium solutions. The equilibrium solution of the power system dynamical model was determined using robust multi-parameter homotopy method.

  2. To apply the method developed in (1) to perform remedial action screening at real-time speed. Also, develop research-grade algorithm implementing this feature.

  3. To validate the methods and algorithms, including real-time performance, developed in (1) and (2), on a large-scale real-time digital simulator (RTDS). For this purpose, we used the 14-rack RTDS facility at the Florida State University Center for Advanced Power Systems (FSU-CAPS); this facility is capable of emulating a three-phase power system with up to 286 buses. We used data from Southern California Edison (SCE) to build a suitable reduced-order model.

  4. To incorporate in the tool described in (2) above the capability to update system status in real time. In order to achieve this, we acquire, at the project sites in Michigan State University, streaming data from FSU-CAPS, over the internet, to emulate telemetered data. We used in-house research-grade state estimation programs to generate system state information for the purpose of updating the screening tool.

  5. To develop a visualization tool for operator interface. This tool incorporates basic functionality necessary to enable proof of concept demonstration of the tool possessing the features listed in (1), (2) and (4) above. The tool was developed by LCG Consulting.

 

Final Report

 

 


Support

 


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