Center for Power and Energy
Power engineering research involves delivering electricity and converting it for use at its final destinations. Power systems in many industrialized countries rely on decades-old equipment, creating unique challenges in blending state-of-the-art technology with working equipment that can be half a century old.
At Virginia Tech, researchers work to design, improve, and protect the world's power grids and equipment; understand and design distributed and alternative power systems; store electricity for later use; and develop equipment that increases function with less energy.
Donation from Dominion Power
Dominion Power has donated $400,000 in smart grid equipment to the ECE department. Read about their donation in the 2009 ECE Annual Report.
News & Events
Thorp and Arun Phadke are strongly involved in projects that amount to more than 50 percent of the available US Department of Energy stimulus awards to modernize the electric grid and to improve the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure.
Lamine Mili has been awarded a $2 million NSF grant to investigate the Development of Complex Systems Theories and Methods for Resilient and Sustainable Electric Power and Communications Infrastructures.