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Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) is the university center on energy systems at University of Central Florida. Its multi-disciplinary and highly-productive team of faculty and students commit themselves to transformative and collaborative research in resilient and sustainable energy systems. Through partnerships among university, utility and government stakeholders, we aim to facilitate deployment and integration of renewable energy resources, as well as provide innovative solutions that make electricity grids self-organizing, efficient and resilient. The center focuses upon holistic analysis, design, development and deployment of distributed renewable energy resources (PV systems in particular), advanced information, communication, control and optimization technologies, along with supporting economic and management policies. Through meeting these technical goals, we can reliably integrate renewable resources, achieve better power quality and best use markets to enable customers to make intelligent and environmentally conscientious decisions.

Overview of Program in Power & Energy Systems

  • Academic programs (BSc, MSc and PhD) in power system continuously offered since 1980s due to:
    • Duke Energy, General Electric, Florida Power & Light
    • Siemens Corporation, and Siemens Energy
    • Westinghouse (and its T&D Division)
  • Enhancements achieved since 2016:
    • Undergraduate track in power/energy systems was established, students are required to take courses in power systems, machines & drives, and power electronics.
    • Undergraduate electives in renewable energy and smart grid are created.
    • Siemens’ digital grid lab is operational
  • External and institutional investments in power/energy systems
    • UCF Faculty Cluster Initiative (FCI) on Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems
    • Resilient microgrid for Research I Building (jointly by Duke and UCF)
    • UCF Presidential Strategic Investment Program
    • UCF Operational Excellence Program
    • Siemens Digital Grid Lab
    • GE/FP&L Microgrid Control Lab
  • Research Programs and Center
    • FEEDER Center, DOE (Project website)
    • Extremely-High Penetration Solar Integration, DOE (Project website)
    • Modeling and Vector Control of GFM/GFL Inverters, DOE (Project website)
    • Building Intelligence with Layered Defense using Security-Constrained Optimization, DOE (Project website)
    • Secure and Resilient Operations Using Open-Source Distributed Systems Platform (OpenDSP), DOE (Project website)
    • Self-organizing Control and Scalable Game-theoretical Dispatch of Distributed Generations for High-Penetration Smart Grids, NSF (Project website)
    • Urban Resilience and Education Hubs, NSF CIVIC (Project website)