Brief description of the research topics

Energy systems, such as fuel cell systems, micro-grids and electric vehicles, have posed research problems in the automatic control field. These systems present distributed nature, multi-domain and time-varying, complex dynamics, multiple time and space scales. Modelling these systems using traditional analytical methods is almost impossible. This also challenges the existing automation theory and technology that generally work with well-established models in specific forms. In order to overcome the difficulties, my research is devoted to data-driven learning and control and their applications in energy systems. Currently, a large amount of data is produced and stored during energy system operations. It would be very useful if the behaviours of the systems can be learned from either historical or online data. In addition, data can also be processed to directly design the controller, predicting and evaluating system states, evaluating performance, performing real-time optimization.

In this sense, the data-driven methodologies in my research cover modelling, diagnosis, prognosis and control. Four specific systems are currently focused on:

- fuel cell systems

- electrolyzer systems (low temperature electrolysis mainly)

- multi-source energy systems

- hybrid electric vehicles.

Key words:

Fuel cell systems: design, modeling, diagnosis, prognosis, and fault tolerance control
Fault diagnosis and prognosis methodologies
Energy storage: modeling and control
Design and control of power electronics
Control of converters interfacing renewable energy and electric grid
Energy management for micro-grids and hybrid electric vehicles
Artificial intelligence and advanced control methods and their applications in energy domain

Equipment and Facilities

The team is associated to FCLAB research facility service center so that my research benefits from the cutting-edge fuel cell and electrolyzer test facilities. The details can be seen in the website of FCLAB 

In addition, the team is also equipped with complete rapid control prototype and hardware in loop devices and common used devices in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and thermal engineering fields.