Michigan Power and Energy Laboratory (MPEL)
University of Michigan
Welcome to MPEL!
New opportunities in electrical energy and power systems are arising every day with advances in materials, communications, computation, and control.
Much of our work is focused on ways to reduce the environmental impact of energy systems, incorporating sustainable energy into the grid, and making the grid more efficient. We are also involved in projects focused on energy justice.
Students and faculty are investigating energy conversion systems where enhanced performance of electrical machines and power electronics is being exploited to develop a variety of novel applications, from automotive propulsion systems to wind generators. Power systems research is seeking new tools and techniques for improving grid efficiency and robustness. An important aspect of this work is the development of network control strategies for enhancing grid responsiveness, and enabling greater levels of renewable generation.
Intelligent Wireless Power Transfer
Prof. Al Thaddeus Avestruz and his students demonstrate 27.12 MHz bi‑directional wireless power transfer using the smart hub, Alexa, to control the direction of power transfer.
Meet the Faculty: Prof. Ian Hiskens
Prof. Hiskens works to ensure we can get energy from intermittent alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar, to the grid. He also is working on ways to make the nation’s grid serve new technology, such as electric vehicles.