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Texas A&M-Kingsville engineers win Best Paper Award

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Three members of the electrical engineering and computer science faculty and one student from Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Electro-Information.

Drs. Taesic Kim, assistant professor; Chung S. Leung, associate professor; and Sung-won Park, professor, and their former student, Ron Huerta, now with AEP Texas in Corpus Christi received the award for the paper entitled Fast Recursive Least Square-based Active and Reactive Power Estimator for Single-Phase Power Electronics Converters. Huerta, from Mathis, graduated in August 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. They worked in collaboration with Dr. Jianwu Zeng, assistant professor at Minnesota State University.

“In recent years, development of solar and wind energy generation systems have gained large momentum due to concerns about worldwide environmental and energy crises,” said Kim. “In a smart grid, changes in power supply would be balanced through the coordination and introduction of these alternative energies into the system. Power could then be produced and consumed locally, decreasing the need to transmit bulk power system-wide.

“In order to integrate this locally generated power into the power grid, intelligent controllers are needed to predict when and how much of it needs to be deployed. This paper proposes a novel estimator that uses advanced digital signal processing methods, and runs it through an algorithm that is capable of integrating alternative energy more efficiently into the power grid than most conventional methods,” he added.

The work was supported in 2015-16 by the Council for Undergraduate Research at Texas A&M-Kingsville.


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