Energy Research at the University of Washington

Mohamed El-Sharkawi

Energy Research Area: Integration of renewable energy into power grid; wind power plant operation and optimization; electric vehicle smart charging and storage

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering

Minimization of operating cost of thermal and wind units and minimizing emissions are two conflicting objectives. Multi-objective optimization is being developed to identify the Pareto-optimal solution. Research will help engineers to operate the grid with high penetration levels of wind power.

Methods for energy storage management of electric vehicles (EV) & plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles are being developed to integrate them into utility grids – this requires intelligent charging methods. Electric vehicles with immense electric energy storage could provide badly needed reserve of energy to the utilities during peak demands and contingencies which could increase the reliability of the grid.

Students displaying  their converter-controller for a hybrid-electric vehicle
Students displaying their converter-controller for a hybrid-electric vehicle

Research Images

UW students examining Puget Sound Wind Farm

Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PDT.