The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education. EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems. Proposals for the EPAS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.Areas of interest include:Kishan BahetiControl Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems Distributed and Mobile Networked Control Systems Theory in Molecular, Cellular, Synthetic Biology and Medicine Estimation in Sensing and Imaging Systems Reliability and Control of Renewable Energy Networked System Sensor Network for Energy Efficient Buildings Transportation Networks (Aerospace, Vehicles) Human Robot Interaction Stochastic Modeling and Applications George MaracasEnergy Collection, Photovoltaic, and Thermal Devices Novel Energy Conversion Devices Renewable Energy Devices and Systems Power Conversion, Generators, Motors, and Network Interfacing Energy and Power Sensing Technologies Energy Storage Technologies High Voltage, High Power Switching and Conversion Devices Paul WerbosAdaptive and Intelligent Systems Transmission and Distribution Systems Intelligent Power Grid Quantum Systems and Modeling Neural Networks High Performance and Multiscale Modeling Cognitive Optimization and Prediction Intelligent Vehicles and Robots 


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Ralph
09/07/2012 1:27pm

Dick, what do you think of this opportunity? It seems really broad, but I have highlighted the areas that may be relevant to SOFI with bold text. In particular, the Novel Energy Conversion Devices and Renewable Energy Devices. It may not be worth the effort at this time, but it could be a good example of how we could bring a small team together under SOFI to try procure the funding in a collaborative way.

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Dick
09/12/2012 2:53pm

This is very interesting-- one thing I've been thinking a lot about since visiting Siemens Building Technologies on 9/11/2012 is energy storage. Many people talk about using EVs to store the excess energy from a "smart" facility during peak solar/wind production. Since energy used towards heating/cooling is huge (40% of total), this can be a big deal. In short-- can electrocatalysis/fuel cell compete with batteries for large-scale facilities? Does this count as energy scavenging for the RFP? Maybe there's something better than H2O for electrolysis and fuel cells, but if we have a closed system where we can store the excess building energy in chemical bonds and convert back to electricity later, the chemical(s) we convert back and forth can be anything as long as longevity and stability criteria are met. Thoughts? I have a feeling someone has worked this out already....

http://gigaom.com/cleantech/apple-reveals-more-details-about-its-fuel-cell-farm/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-04/business/ct-biz-0404-apple-fuel-cells-20120404_1_bloom-energy-fuel-cell-apple-plans

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Ralph
09/25/2012 3:02pm

Dick, I'm not familiar with EV acronym. Is it a type of battery?

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Dick
09/25/2012 10:45pm

Hi Ralph-- oh, it just stands for Electric Vehicles, and most likely Li ion batteries.




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