MICDE grant funds renewable power research

Prof. Mathieu is partnering with IOE faculty to improve the nation’s grid system

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Prof. Johanna Mathieu

Prof. Johanna Mathieu is working on one of four projects in computational science that earned a Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering Catalyst Grant, an award of $75,000. The proposals were judged on novelty, likelihood of success, potential for external funding, and potential to leverage Advanced Research Computing’s existing computing resources.

Mathieu is participating in a project titled “Computational Energy Systems,” which will develop new algorithms for the U.S. electrical power grid that integrate renewable energy sources, electrification of transportation systems, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, and other emerging contingencies.

The project is a joint effort by Mathieu and four Industrial and Operations Engineering faculty, Profs. Pascal Van Hentenryck, Eunshin Byon, Ruiwei Jiang, and Jon Lee.

Mathieu works on solving similar problems in her other research, with a focus on integrating wind and solar energy into existing power grid infrastructures and on reducing the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of electric power systems via new operational and control strategies.