Renewable Technologies and Power Systems

This cluster includes science and engineering research into renewable energy technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV), wind energy systems, biomass, energy storage, and hydrogen technologies as well as engineering and economics research applied People in field to the electric power system. Much of the research on these topics is interdisciplinary, and integrates economics, operations research, and engineering to address the challenges in planning and operating the power system of the next century, in which many technologies and resources will be coordinated to efficiently and sustainably deliver energy. 

PowerlinesSome of the research projects led by EME faculty include the development of a low-cost technology for measuring the solar irradiance of potential PV sites, engineering of electrochemical systems for hydrogen generation, electricity market design, resiliency in natural gas and electricity networks, the value of flexibility in power systems, long-term transmission investment planning under uncertainty, an exploration of possible paths of evolution for the combined power and natural gas systems in the Mid-Atlantic U.S., and a U.S. Department of Energy funded project on modernizing the power grid.

    Research Experts

Seth  Blumsack Seth Blumsack
Professor of Energy Policy and Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
115 Hosler Building
814-863-7597
blumsack@psu.edu
Jeffrey  Brownson Jeffrey Brownson
Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
212 Hosler Building / 265 MRL Building
814-867-4227 (MRL Building only)
solarpower@psu.edu
Joel Landry Joel Landry
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
124 Hosler Building
814-865-9136
joelrlandry@psu.edu
Chiara Lo Prete Chiara Lo Prete
Assistant Professor of Energy Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
213 Hosler Building
814-865-0982
chiaraloprete@psu.edu
Serguei Lvov Serguei Lvov
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
207 Hosler Building
814-863-8377
lvov@psu.edu
Randy Vander Wal Randy Vander Wal
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
203 Hosler Building
814-865-5813
ruv12@psu.edu
Mort Webster Mort Webster
Professor of Energy Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
123 Hosler Building
814-863-1640
mdw18@psu.edu

Affiliated Faculty (Other Departments):

  • Mark Fedkin
  • Derek Hall
  • Karen Fisher-Vanden
  • Klaus Keller
  • Uday Shanbhag
  • Susan Stewart