Power Systems Laboratory
The electric power system is probably the largest man-made system in the world. Despite the fact that it is over a hundred years since electricity was introduced on a larger scale as an energy carrier, no other energy form has proved to surpass its outstanding properties in form of flexibility, cleanness, compactness, etc. It is a matter of fact that virtually no activity in a modern society can take place without electricity. Furthermore, the dependency on cheap and reliable supply of electric power has increased in the age of information technology.
The focus of research in the power systems area has changed over the years. Initially the main themes were related to expansion and voltage upgrading of the power systems. These areas are still of interest in many developing countries, while in the industrialized countries the research areas of main interest are system security, or reliability, and system efficiency. System security is motivated by the higher dependency of electric power, and to achieve higher efficiency is a natural in a system that involves large economical values. The research of the Power Systems Laboratory addresses both these issues.
The research of the Power Systems Laboratory is addressing important questions and problems in the power industry described above. In the individual projects described system theory is used to study and design solutions for the power systems incorporating the most advanced communication and information technologies.