Power Generation


Jeff Scruggs

University of Michigan
United States

As the world population grows and becomes more developed, the energy demand steadily increases while conventional energy sources deplete. It is a fact that power generation is becoming more expensive and its environmental impact starts to be felt. To avoid a potential energy shortfall worldwide without impacting the environment, there is an urgent need to develop new sources of clean energy, make current sources of energy cleaner and optimize energy utilization. It is anticipated that systems, optimization and control methodologies will play a crucial role in this endeavor.

The mission of the Technical Committee on Power Generation within the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) is to nourish incipient research efforts and foster interactions among energy/power engineers/scientists and control theorists. The Technical Committee is responsible for the promotion, coordination and organization of activities sponsored by the IEEE CSS at the boundary of energy/power generation/utilization and controls. This includes the organization of special sessions, workshops, and mini-courses at international conferences, the edition of special issues in scientific journals, the dissemination of relevant information (upcoming conferences and events, funding opportunities, job opportunities, etc.), and the distribution of educational material.

The Technical Committee draws researchers from both academia and industry working at the boundary of Energy/Power Systems and Optimization/Control Theory. The technical committee members are organized around four thrusts: Nuclear Energy Generation, Fossil Energy Generation, Renewable Energy Generation and Efficient Energy Utilization. The Technical Committee addresses all aspects of modeling, simulation, control and optimization of energy generation and energy utilization systems. Control problems associated with the integration into the grid of distributed power sources, particularly those based on renewable resources (hydro, wind, solar, biomass, etc.), are within the scope of the Technical Committee. However, those researchers more interested in energy distribution systems are invited to visit the web page of the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Smart Grids.

To find out more about the committee and to become a member please visit the link below.