Research Activities Related to RECON

The RECON initiative has been developed to provide help to underserved communities both with specific grid resiliency pilot projects and through more general research and development. For the help on the specific projects, RECON is building on the team’s long experience in the electric power industry of helping many.

Recent Research Activity Examples

  • To assess how photovoltaic systems and energy storage can help vulnerable communities in Florida, a new project titled “Clean, Affordable, and Resilient Energy Systems (CARES) for Socially Vulnerable and At-Risk Communities” was funded 1 million dollar by DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) Program. The Principal Investigator (PI) is Christopher Davis, Ph.D. (UCF) with Zhihua Qu, Ph.D. (UCF), RECON collaborators, and others. (December 2022)  More >
  • NSF funded a project lead by  Zhihua Qu, Ph.D. (UCF, RECON collaborator) and his collaborators to design Resilience, Education and Advocacy Center for Hazard preparedness (REACH) hubs at the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Cluster of University of Central Florida. (November 2022) More >
  • DOE NETL awarded $1,997,921 to the project titled “Physics-Aware and AI-Enabled Cyber-Physical Intrusion Response for the Power Grid“, PI: Kate Davis, Ph.D. (ECE, TAMU), Co-PIs: Ana Goulart, Ph.D. (ET&ID, TAMU), Saman Zonouz, Ph.D. (ECE, GaTech), Robin Berthier, Ph.D. (Network Perception), Rakesh Bobba, Ph.D. (EECS, OSU), Sibin Mohan, Ph.D. (GWU), John Camilleri, Ph.D. (PSC Consulting), Hala Balouz, Ph.D. (EPE) for 3 years starting in September 2022.
  • The “Sustainable Transportation Electrification for an Equitable and Resilient Society (STEERS)” planning project was funded by NSF Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RN) Program. PI: Thomas Overbye, Ph.D. (TAMU), Co-PIs: Michael Giesselmann, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University), William Fulton, Ph.D. (Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University), Cynthia Lima Gonzalez, Ph.D. (UT-San Antonio), started on January 1, 2022.
  • Severe Contingency Solver (SCS) was developed by scientists (Carleton Coffrin, Ph.D., Russell Bent, Ph.D., RECON collaborators, and others) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to show vulnerabilities of electric power transmission systems to extreme events (hurricanes, ice storms, and earthquakes). More >
  • To help improve the resiliency and efficiency of the electrical grid, developing algorithms by Carleton Coffrin, Ph.D. (LANL, RECON collaborator) and his colleague was awarded the top prize in the National Grid Optimization Competition Challenge 3 funded by DOE ARPA-E. More >