The VCU Electric Power and Energy System (EPES) Lab has become a part of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since Dr. Zhifang Wang joined VCU in August 2012. The lab is dedicated to the studies to realize a stronger, smarter and greener power grid. Research conducted here focuses on Power System Modeling and Optimization, Renewable Integration, Grid Vulnerability Analysis, and Intelligent Demand Side Management.
The EPES lab has received research funding from the Department of Energy through the ARPA-E and CERTS programs and developed close collaborations with national labs and other universities.
Dr. Wang and Hamidreza Sadeghian attended the 2018 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference in Washington D.C. and presented two research papers on smart grid DSM and distributed solar PV generation.
Dr. Wang, H. Sadeghian, H. Athari, and H. Alwan attended the 2017 NAPS conference in Morgantown, WV, and presented 4 papers, with the "Wind Farm Layout Optimization" paper recieving the Student Paper Award.