“Sustainable Energy Systems Catalyzed by Control and Optimization: From Building Efficiency, Renewable Energy to Plug-in”
Dr. Yaoyu Li, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
The issue of energy sustainability ramifies to different types of engineered systems, such as energy-efficient buildings, renewable energy generation, clean transportation and smart grids. Sustainable built environment is envisioned to be integration of energy-efficient HVAC systems, strong penetration of renewable generation such as wind and solar energy, and plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for green mobility and energy storage, with coordination of smart grid. This talk will present our cross-disciplinary efforts in the past several years on a few aspects of sustainable built environment via the application of control and optimization techniques, including dynamic modeling of the physical layer and self-optimizing control for building HVAC systems, control and diagnostics for wind and photovoltaic energy systems, and trip-based optimal power management for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The research outcomes suggest that the development of affordable energy sustainability can be catalyzed by multi-domain modeling, control and optimization techniques.
Dr. Yaoyu Li is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His research interest is mainly in energy systems such as building HVAC, renewable energy, and plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, with an emphasis on control, optimization, modeling and condition monitoring. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004.