Professor Seiler receives IonE Resident Fellowship
AEM Professor Pete Seiler has been awarded a Resident Fellowship at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) here at the University of Minnesota. Professor Seiler’s research is on systems, control, and fault detection with applications to wind energy and safety critical flight control systems.
Professor Seiler’s research on wind energy aims to improve the efficiency and reliability of wind turbines by designing advanced control and monitoring algorithms. The control algorithms attempt to capture more power and reduce loads on the blades and tower. This will reduce how often parts need to be replaced on the turbine. The monitoring algorithms reduce the operating costs by identifying faults requiring maintenance. Much of this research involves the Clipper Liberty wind turbine installed at the UMore Park campus as part of the EOLOS wind energy field station.
Professor Seiler’s research on wind energy is particularly applicable to IonE. The mission of IonE is to “discover solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems by conducting transformative research, developing the next generation of global leaders and building world-changing partnerships.” Resident Fellows are deeply involved in IonE’s programs and the fellowship funding and institute resources provide support to the Fellows’ environmental research. As a resident fellow of IonE, Professor Seiler will extend his research by exploring the engineering trade-offs that arise due to new renewable energy policies.