Our research focuses on how to build a smart grid that will maximize the amount of energy produced from renewable energy sources at a reasonable cost while maintaining the reliability of the electricity supply at the level to which we have grown accustomed.

From Sweden to South Africa and from China to California, governments are encouraging the development of renewable sources of electrical energy. Many of these governments are taking measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels for transportation and heating and are thus likely to increase the proportion of energy that is consumed in electrical form. Accommodating these changes in the generation and consumption of electricity will require a fundamental rethinking in the design and operation of the power grid. A consensus is emerging that many of these challenges could and should be met primarily through the development of a “smart grid” rather than simply building more generating plants and more transmission lines.


Daniel Kirschen

daniel-kirschen-111xRenewable Energy Analysis Lab (REAL)

Close Professor of Electrical Engineering

(206) 543-2174


Rich Christie

Rich Christie

Wind Integration Research Lab (WIRL)

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

(206) 543-9689

Miguel Ortega-Vazquez

Miguel Ortega-Vazquez

Renewable Energy Analysis Lab (REAL)

Research Assistant Professor

(206) 543-9308

Baosen Zhang

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Emeritus Faculty

Mohamed El-Sharkawi


Computational Intelligence Applications Laboratory (CIA lab)

Professor, Electrical Engineering

(206) 685-2286