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ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Jae-Do Park, Ph.D


  • Renewable Energy Harvester for Microbial Fuel Cells 
    Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is an emerging technology for sustainable energy production. However, the electric energy currently generated from MFCs is not directly usable due to the low voltage and current output. This research seeks to develop a steady and efficient energy harvesting technology for MFCs using power electronics switching converters. Dr. Park's projects have been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Navy. A research outcome on MFC powered Christmas Tree has been featured in ABC news "Christmas Lights Powered By Poop Research At UC Denver Proves Viability Of Waste As Energy Source". [Link]
  • Power Management Systems for Thermoelectric Generators
    Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been actively investigated to use where long lifetime and high reliability are required. A TEG is a semi-conductor device that converts thermal energy to electrical energy without any mechanical moving part. It is small, light, reliable, and eco-friendly. This research focuses on harvesting efficiency improvement and energy management system development for wider usage of TEG as an energy source.
  • DC-Bus Microgrid System
    Distributed generation systems have recently been intensively researched and developed, especially in conjunction with renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and photovoltaic systems. As a way to realize the distributed generation system, a "microgrid" system that combines distributed energy sources and loads as a small-scale power system can be used. The microgrid approach reduces or eliminates central dispatch and enhances the power quality to sensitive loads. The research topics include control, integration, and optimization of individual microgrid components.
  • High-Speed Synchronous Generator Control for Microturbine
    Microturbine generator is one of the emerging technologies in power and energy field. A microturbine usually has permanent magnet synchronous generator connected to the gas turbine operating in very high-speed ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 rpm. This research investigates high-performance controller for microturbine synchronous generator.

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