Cluster Lead:

  • Dr. Zhihua Qu


As a university-wide, multi-disciplinary team of faculty and students, the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) cluster commits itself to transformative and collaborative research in resilient, intelligent 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 cluster 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.

UCF Colleges and Centers Involved in Sustainable Energy Systems


Goals

With key scientists and experts across disciplines, this cluster aims to:

  • Achieve sustainability by enabling very high-level penetration of renewables (such as high-efficiency solar panels and systems) and address issues of variable, uncertain and “reverse” power flows
  • Improve understanding about performance and robustness of large-scale networks of sensing, monitoring, communication and control
  • Investigate robust decision making and operation of electric power networks under extreme weather conditions, with a focus on efficiency, vulnerability and resilience
  • Evaluation techniques for determining the efficacy, efficiency and usability of such tools and methods

 

The long-term objectives of this cluster are to:

  • Develop tools, technologies and practices to dramatically lower the cost of ensuring that no one is without power for more than three days following extreme events, while adaptively reconfiguring power distribution networks to maintain critical loads for public health and safety
  • Achieve national prominence and address research priorities of government agencies and utilities
  • Significantly contribute to workforce development and economic development toward building a 21st-century energy system

More details about the cluster can be found in the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty Cluster Proposal.

Why Join the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Cluster?

National Consortia on Distributed Energy

UCF was awarded $3.2 million to lead one of three national consortia to develop distributed technologies, to increase engineering capacity and to prepare for a national shift from traditional sources of electricity to renewables such as solar and wind. The Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources (FEEDER) is part of a broader Department of Energy investment to increase the nation’s capacity to support distributed energy technologies.

Florida Solar Energy Center

With more than 30 years experience in creating innovative energy solutions, this UCF research institute on the state’s east coast with a 150-member staff, including 95 professionals with expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy policy and education and training.

NSF Funding and Strong Industry Partners

UCF co-founded the Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center that was selected by the National Science Foundation to play a leading role in researching the next generation of “smart” electronics. Additionally, UCF is a member of U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, which represents companies and organizations across the U.S. from the solar PV industry supply chain.


We’re Looking for the Best.

The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in six select fields to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university.

 

Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty

The following faculty are involved in developing and guiding the cluster and its efforts.

 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

College of Optics and Photonics

Florida Solar Energy Center


We’re Hiring

The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in six select fields to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university.