ECE is power – electrical and computer engineers were behind energy grids and the machines that run them all around the world. Now, these engineers work to design a smart grid infrastructure that makes it possible to use alternative power sources in homes and industry. To keep power usage low and our carbon footprint lower, we'll also need efficient electronics that put less demand on our power plants and solar farms. That includes low-power screens and lights. And they'll continue to improve earth friendly electric vehicles.
Here are a few examples of our research
Helping solar panels handle shade
Shade is a big problem for solar panels: 10% shade cover can create a 50% drop in electricity production. A new project could ensure this power production reflects the average over all cells.
Engineering a Better Future for Ethiopia
ECE faculty traveled to Ethiopia to help kickstart the nation's higher education in Controls Systems and Power.