Wind Energy Innovation Presentation wins IEEE Recognition for Best Paper

Radhakrishna Kotti
Radhakrishna Kotti

In collaboration with Dr. Wajiha Shireen, Engineering Technology Professor from the University of Houston College of Technology, electrical engineering graduate student, Radhakrishna Kotti, presented award- winning research, which earned Best Second Paper recognition at the Fifteenth IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (IEEE COMPEL 2014). The conference emphasizes the latest advances in modeling, analysis, and control of power electronic devices, circuits, and systems. It was held at the College of Industrial and Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain, June 22 - 25.

Kotti's presentation on "Adaptive Sensorless Maximum Power Point Tracking Control of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator (PMSG) Based Wind Energy Conversion System" placed second among the best papers of the conference. Supported by funding through the Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Energy Training Coalition Grant, the project addresses the wind energy industry's challenges in designing solutions that increase and optimize efficiencies of the micro grid will be filed for a provisional patent by UH.

Wajiha Shireen
Dr. Wajiha Shireen

"I am very proud to have earned this recognition by IEEE, and grateful for outstanding faculty mentors, Dr. Wajiha Shireen, Dr. Raymond Cline, and co-author Shyam Janakiraman," said Radhakrishna. "The opportunity to travel to Spain to present this research was an unforgettable opportunity which could not have been possible without their support," he added.

"Winning this award is an excellent example of the high quality of research work that is produced through our commitment to strong collaboration between engineering and technology," said Dr. Cline and research program manager for the Smart Energy Training. Dr. Shireen commented, "We are honored to be recognized for the discovery of new ways to improve operating and cost efficiencies for alternative power sources through the outstanding work that is being done here at UH."

Shireen, Kotti, and Janakiraman will travel to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Conference, in Washington, D.C., July 27-31, where they will present similar wind energy research.