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ISU Researcher Wins DOE Grant

January 12, 2017

Dr. Zhangyou Wang of Iowa State University was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) worth more than $330,000. The project will also receive nearly $68,000 from the Iowa Energy Center’s matching grant program.

“Iowa is rich in wind energy resources, and already has a very high penetration level of wind energy. Iowa has also seen a sharp increase of solar integration,” said Dr. Wang. “While these renewable energy sources provide environmentally-friendly and economical electricity to Iowa residents, they also bring in risks and uncertainties in power system operations.”

Adapting the current power grid to the growing popularity of renewable energy sources has created a growing research field. Dr. Wang’s research, called Flexible Service Contracting for Risk Management Within Integrated Transmission and Distribution Systems, aims to find ways to make the power grid more reliable and able to withstand these changes.

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