News June 2016


June 15, 2016

The National Energy Solutions Institute-Smart Energy Source (NESI-SES) Association has announced recipients of research grants to fund energy-related projects that will impact Oklahoma and national energy industries.

NESI-SES, a partnership between Oklahoma State University and members of the Smart Energy Source Association, supports research and development to provide solutions to issues of importance to the energy industry.  General topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Power transmission and distribution
  • Energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability
  • Policy and Finance
  • Smart Energy, communities, cities

For this round of funding, NESI-SES is awarding four one-year grants to the following OSU researchers:

  • Yuanxiong (Richard) Guo, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, for the proposal “Smart Inverter Voltage Control for Distribution Systems with Photovoltaic Generators.”
  • William Henley, Professor, Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, for the proposal “Feasibility Testing of a Passive Solar and Geothermal Water Circulation and Temperature Control System for Outdoor Algae Cultures.”
  • Seok-Jhin Kim, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, for the proposal “Design of Inorganic Membrane Systems for Advance Oil-Water Separation.”
  • Ramesh Sharda, Vice Dean and ConocoPhillips Chair in Technology Management, Spears School of Business, for the proposal “Smart Regions: Analytics Applications for Smart Energy Infrastructure.”

The annual grant funding was made possible by SES members in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the OSU Research Foundation.  NESI-SES, founded in 2013, brings together utilities and other energy-related companies with researchers involved with OSU energy research programs to increase collaboration, collective intelligence and business analytics. For information about this private-academic partnership visit