Record Number of E. On PEIK Scholarships
Early in the semester, UK College of Engineering awarded the annual E. On PEIK Scholarships in power and energy to a record number of 33 undergraduate junior and senior students pursuing different engineering majors. These merit scholarships, which are supported by an endowment established years ago by E.On / Kentucky Utilities, benefited of more than 90,000 dollars in awarded and committed funds in the current annual cycle. The students demonstrated strong interest in the multi-disciplinary PEIK program, completed at least three courses in power and energy, with some of the students attending as many as seven such courses. More information about the E. On PEIK Scholarships and student qualifications can be found on the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) website at http://www.engr.uky.edu/power/scholarship-opportunities/
Summer 2017 Power and Energy Experiences Course
The annual edition of the Power and Energy Experiences course took place in the first session of the summer term. The course was supported by UK’s Power and Energy Institute, PEIK, and partner utilities: LG&E/KU, TVA, EKPC and Duke, and included a one week field trip, which provided the students with an immersive experience through daily visits of regional facilities for generating, distributing and managing electricity. This year tour included a coal fired power plant, hydro generating and pumped storage facilities, a land fill gas generation facility, a non-operational nuclear power plant, a biogas generating facility, the Ft. Knox power system with integrated PV generation, the operations center of a regional electric transmission system operator, an electric distribution substation, and a smart grid demonstration facility. The course, which is an elective for the PEIK undergraduate certificate, and a requirement for the PEIK graduate certificate, also included an on-line module covering theoretical background. Course instructors, Dr. Jeff Seay of the Chemical Engineering Department and Dr. Dan M. Ionel of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, led a full class of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse engineering disciplines.
New Book on Renewable Energy and Systems
Dr. Dan M. Ionel, Professor and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, has co-authored and co-edited the book entitled Renewable Energy Devices and Systems with Simulations in MATLAB® and ANSYS®, published by CRC Press. The book is reflective of UK’s very strong program in power and energy and of the growing international collaborations with premier research groups, including the one from Aalborg University in Denmark, led by Dr. Frede Blaabjerg. The technical content focuses on topics of power electronics and associated controls, as the main enablers for the integration of renewable energy generation in the electric power system, alongside traditional sources such as coal and natural gas. Explanations and computer simulation models are provided for different renewable generation technologies, such as wind turbines and PV systems, in order to better prepare students and readers for real-life practical applications. Multiple chapters are included on the state-of-the-art and possible technology developments within the next fifteen years.
Dr. Ionel, who joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015, currently serves as the Director of PEIK, the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky, which has teaching, research and outreach activities supported by the US Department of Energy, industrial companies, and regional power utilities, including: LGE/KU, EKPC, TVA, Duke Energy, and AEP – Kentucky Power.