Dr. Robert S. Balog



News and Events

2016

09/18-22/2016 Dr. Balog serves at the co-TPC (Technical Program Chair) for the 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) in Milwaukee, Wi USA.
09/18-22/2016 Dr. Balog and five graduate students participated in 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) in Milwaukee, Wi USA. The research group presented a total of nine papers.
09/01/2016 Dr. Mohammad Shadmand joins the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research laboratory as a full-time research engineer. He has expertise in model predictive control and renewable energy systems. He will also serve as Principle Investigator for a 1MW, medium-voltage photovoltaic inverter project in collaboration with Dr. Abu-Rub from the Qatar campus of TAMU.
05/14/2016 The REAPER lab congratulates Dr. Haiyu Zhang (PhD) and Ms. Hezi Zhu (MS) on the occasion of their graduation from the Texas A&M University and the REAPER lab.

2015

12/18/2015 The REAPER lab congratulates Dr. Mohammad Shadmand (PhD) on the occasion of his graduation from the Texas A&M University and the REAPER lab.
09/01/2015 Dr. Balog is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Texas A&M University.
03/25/2015 Dr. Balog participated in a Power Across Texas Research Advisory Council update teleconference.
03/22/2015

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper, co-authored with PhD student Xiao Li entitled "Model Predictive Control of Grid-tied Photovoltaic Systems: Maximum Power Point Tracking and Decoupled Power Control" at the IEEE First Workshop on Smart Grid & Renewable Energy (SGRE) in Doha, Qatar.  

03/22/2015 PhD student Morcos Metry presented his paper, co-authored with PhD student Mohammad Shadmand entitled "Sensitivity Analysis to Model Parameter Errors of MPPT by Model Predictive Control for Photovoltaic Applications" at the IEEE First Workshop on Smart Grid & Renewable Energy (SGRE) in Doha, Qatar.  
03/22/2015 Dr. Balog was a panel moderator and chair of the session entitled "Smart Grid: Current Status" at he IEEE First Workshop on Smart Grid & Renewable Energy (SGRE) in Doha, Qatar.
03/20/2015 Dr. Balog participated in the Administrative Committee (ADCOM) meeting of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
03/19/2015 PhD student Xiao Li presented his paper entitled "PLL-less robust active and reactive power controller for single phase grid-connected inverter with LCL filter" at the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, NC USA.
03/19/2015 PhD student Mostafa Mosa presented his paper, co-authored with PhD student Mohammad Shadmand entitled "Maximum Power Point Tracking of Grid Connected Photovoltaic System Employing Model Predictive Control" at the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, NC USA.
03/18/2015

Dr. Ge, Research Engineering in the REAPER lab, presented his papers entitled "Minimized Quasi-Z Source Network for Single-Phase Inverter" at the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, NC USA.

03/18/2015

Dr. Ge, Research Engineering in the REAPER lab, presented his papers entitled "An Active Filter Method to Eliminate DC-Side Low-Frequency Power for Single-Phase Quasi-Z Source Inverter" at the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, NC USA.

03/18/2015

PhD student Haiyu Zhang presented his paper entitled "Loss Analysis During Dead Time and Thermal Study of Gallium Nitride Devices" at the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, NC USA.

03/10/2015 The REAPER lab congratulates Mr. Bo Tian for successfully defending his MS thesis tentatively title "A Single-phase Rectifier With Ripple-power Decoupling and Application to LED Lighting." Mr. Tian's research studied a generalized approach to double-frequency power ripple suppression suitable for solid state lighting (LED) rectifiers. Existing commercialized technologies uses circuitry and compenent that have well-known wear-out and failure modes that limit these products from achiving the service life of the LED semiconductor chip. Mr. Tian's contributions are expected to enable solid state lighting to offer vastly superior lifetime and flicker performance while at the same time fitting to the form-factor of conventional technologies to support retrofit applications for LED lighting.
02/20/2015

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper, co-authored with PhD student Xiao Li entitled "Model Predictive Decoupled Power Control for Single-phase Grid-tied Inverter" at the at the IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI) in Champaign, Il.

01/31/2015 Dr. Balog hosted the Texas Solar Energy Society's annual meeting on the campus of Texas A&M University.
01/20/2015 The REAPER group moves into their new research laboratory in the Wisenabker Engineering Building at Texas A&M University.
01/01/2015 Dr. Balog was elected to serve as a Member-at-Large of the Administrative Committee (ADCOM) of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.

2014

12/23/2014

Dr. Balog and Antoni Miranda-Aranda (Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization, New Ventures Team) have been selected to advance to the prototyping phase of the SunShot Catalyst Prize program. The U.S. Department of Energy has selected their submission titled, SolarAgs PV App: Customize, Autonomize, Optimize Residential PV System Lead Generation and System Design, to receive $25,000 in software development and consulting services from topcoder.

12/03/2014 Dr. Balog participated in a Power Across Texas Research Advisory Council update teleconference.
11/12/2014 Dr. Balog was the featured guest speaker at the 2014 Evening of Energy sponsored by the Texas A&M University Energy Club which featured the theme "Energy Innovation and Commercialization." He spoke about his experiences in technology transfer while at SolarBridge Technologies, a startup company he helped launch into the solar photovoltaic microinverter market space by securing series A venture capital funding of $6MM and then leading the engineering development team. SolarBridge was later acquired by SunPower Corporation.
10/30/2014

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper entitled "Model Predictive Control of a Capacitor-less VAR Compensator Based on a Matrix Converter at the 2014 Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON2014).

10/29/2014 Dr. Balog was a panelist and commentator for the Rational Middle Energy Series at Texas A&M. The event, hosted by TAMU marketing students, screened "Episode 1.3 - What's at stake" and "Episode 2.3 - Future of Renewables."
09/15-19/2014 Dr. Balog attended the 2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) in Pittsburgh, Pa.
08/2014 PhD students Xiao Li and Mohammad Shadmand received were awarded an IEEE standards education grant to perform research on their project entitled “Fixed-Step Model Predictive Control of Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Inverter.”
08/22/2014 Dr. Balog participated in the IEEE Power Electronics Society Long Range Planning meeting in Imatra, Finland.
08/13/2014 Dr. Balog receives an National Science Foundation grant to start a Industry / University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Next Generation Photovoltaic Balance of Systems.
08/05/2014

PhD students Xiao Li presented his paper entitled "Analysis and Comparison of Two Active Anti-islanding Detection Methods" at the 57th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in College Station, Tx USA.

08/05/2014

MS students Bo Tian presented his paper entitled "Ripple-port integrated PFC rectifier with fast dynamic response " at the 57th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in College Station, Tx USA.

07/13-18/2014 Dr. Balog visited Doha, Qatar to collaborate on QNRF sponsored research projects.
06/12/2014

Graduate students Zhan Wang and Steven McConnell's paper entitled "Evaluation Method for Arc Fault Detection Algorithms" won Best Poster award at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference. For more information... and a story about the author.

06/12/2014

PhD students Zhan Wang presented his paper entitled "Arc Fault Signal Detection - Fourier Transformation vs. Wavelet Decomposition Techniques using Synthesized Data," at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference in Denver, Co USA. This paper reports on research performed in collaboration with Dr. Jay Johnson, Sandia Nationals Laboratories.

06/12/2014

MS students Steven McConnell presented his paper entitled "Evaluation Method for Arc Fault Detection Algorithms" at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference in Denver, Co USA. This paper reports on research performed in collaboration with Dr. Jay Johnson, Sandia Nationals Laboratories.

06/04/2014

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand's poster entitled "Design Considerations for Long-Term Remote Photovoltaic-Based Power Supply Using Non-Planar Photovoltaic Surfaces" won Best Poster award (3rd place) at the 2014 Summer Institute on Flooding, Center For Emergency Informatics. For more information...

05/01/2014

Dr. Baoming Ge joins the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research laboratory as a full-time research engineer. He has extensive research experience and will focus on an advanced research project in collaboration with Dr. Abu-Rub in our Qatar campus of TAMU.

03/20/2014 PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper entitle "An Improved MPPT Technique of High Gain DC-DC Converter by Model Predictive Control for Photovoltaic Applications" at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC).
03/18/2014 Graduates students from the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research laboratory attended the 2014 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition. (APEC).
03/06/2014 REAPER lab congratulates Dr. Souhib Harb for successfully defending his PhD dissertation. Dr. Harb's dissertation, tentatively titled "Single-Phase Inverter and Rectifier for High-Reliability Applications" studied a generalized approach to double-frequency power ripple suppression suitable for rectifiers and inverters alike. Example applications include photovoltaic micro inverters and LED lighting. Both applications integrate the power electronics with the application and require long operational lifetimes in high temperature environments.
03/01/2014 PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper entitle "Maximum Power Point Tracking using Model Predictive Control of a Flyback Converter for Photovoltaic Applications" at the IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI).
02/10/2014 Dr. Balog and David Scoggins of Sundance Renewable Solutions received a notice of allowance on a U.S. patent for new balance of system technology that promises to dramatically lower the cost of solar photovoltaic systems. For more information and licensing opportunities, please contact Sundance Renewable Solutions
02/04/2014 Dr. Balog gave a presentation on PV balance-of-systems at the University of Texas Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics IAB meeting.
01/20-30/2014 Dr. Balog collaborated at The Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM) at the Middle East Technology University to understand energy harvest opportunities for next generation photovoltaic cells

2013

11/12/2013

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presented his paper entitled "Design Considerations for Long-Term Remote Photovoltaic-Based Power Supply using Non-Planar Photovoltaic Surfaces" at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security.

11/08/2013

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand gave an invited talk at the Texas A&M Center for Emergency Informatics "Donuts and Disasters" seminar series.
11/06/2013 Dr. Balog gave an invited talk on Photovoltaic Energy Systems at the 2013 4th Annual Alternative Energy Symposium at Rutgers University.
10/04/2013 Dr. Balog gave an invited presentation entitled "Making Solar Affordable" at the Making Global Connections: Exploring Global Issues workshop presented by the Texas A&M Public Partnership & Outreach, Office of the Provost and the Office of Sustainability at Texas A&M.

09/17/2013

PhD student Haiyu Zhang presents his paper entitled "Experimental Verification of Energy Harvest from Non-Planar Photovoltaic Surfaces" at the 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE).

09/16/2013

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand presents his paper entitled "Mitigating Variability of High Penetration Photovoltaic Systems in a Community Smart Microgrid using Non-Flat Photovoltaic Modules" at the 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE).

08/27/2013

Dr. Balog files a U.S. Utility Patent on a transformative new technology for arc fault and arc flash detection in direct current (DC) photovoltaic energy systems. The technology has also been proven to work in AC systems. Using wavelets, fundamental signal decomposition is more effective at detecting the arc fault and arc flash in both DC and AC systems using sensed voltage instead of current. The result is a less expensive and more accurate arc fault / arc flash detector. For more information, please contact Dr. Balog (rbalog@ece.tamu.edu).

06/20/2013

Recent PhD graduate, Dr. Mehran Mirjafari's paper entitled "Multi-Objective Optimization of the DC-DC Stage of a Module-Integrated Inverter Based on an Efficiency Usage Model" was nominated for the best poster award at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference. This paper reports results from research collaboration with Dr. Raşit Turan at the Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM), Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, supported by TÜBİTAK.

06/20/2013

Graduate students Haiyu Zhang, Xiaosen Liu, and Mohit Kedia presented their paper entitled "Photovoltaic Hybrid Power Harvesting System for Emergency Applications" at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference.

06/20/2013

Graduate students Souhib Harb, Mohit Kedia, and Haiyu Zhang's paper entitled “Microinverter and String Inverter Grid-Connected Photovoltaic System – A Comprehensive Study” was nominated for the best poster award at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference.

06/18/2013

PhD student Zhan Wang's paper entitled "Arc Fault and Flash Detection in DC Photovoltaic Arrays Using Wavelets" won Best Poster award at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference.

06/16/2013

Dr. Balog presents a tutorial entitled "Power Electronics Balance-of-System Requirements for Non-Planar Photovoltaic Systems" at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference.

05/22/2013

The Texas A&M Joint student chapter of the IEEE PELS/IAS/PES student chapter was selected as a 2013 IAS Outstanding Student Branch Joint Chapter. Congratulations to the chapter President Qin Yan and her executive committee for a outstanding year!

05/21-22/2013

Dr. Balog participates in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station's Annual Partner's Meeting in Corpus Christi.

05/06/2013

PhD student Mohammad Shadmand won second place in the IEEE 2013 IAS Graduate Student Thesis Contest for his MS thesis entitled "A Design-Oriented Framework to Determine the Parasitic Parameters of High-Frequency Magnetics in Switching Power Supplies using Finite- Element Analysis Techniques."

04/30/2013 Dr. Balog gave an invited presentation entitled "Solar (Photovoltaic) Power,” at the U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
04/30/2013 Dr. Balog gave an invited seminar entitled “Energy Conversion Interface Requirements for Photovoltaic Systems,” at the Turkmenistan Oil and Gas Institute, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
03/28/2013

Texas A&M’s signature broadcast television commercial “What You Stand For,” which captures the spirit of the university’s 12th Man tradition, and features Dr. Balog's photovoltaic research project, earned a prestigious recognition: a Silver Telly in the 34th Annual Telly Awards.

“Special thanks to Dr. Theresa Maldonado (past Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute) and Dr. Georghiades (past Department Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) for supporting my grant proposal, which was funded by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office under a US Department of Energy funding program. In addition to the invaluable research and teaching made available by this infrastructure, this system, visible from the iconic Kyle Field, is a central focal point for community outreach and renewable energy advocacy. David Scoggins (aggie class of ’80 and President of Sundance Renewable Solutions, a Texas small business), Kevin Hurley (Texas A&M Associate Athletic Director), and Jim Riley (Executive Director of Texas A&M Utilities and Energy Services) were outstanding partners in this project and along with their respective staff were instrumental  in making this project a reality. Ongoing collaboration with John Pappas and Robyn Pearson from the TAMU Energy Institute continues to leverage this asset to fulfill research, teach, and outreach mission of the University.”

For more information, please see the student-designed web page: http://solarags.tamu.edu/

03/19/2013

Dr. Balog appointed as the co-Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Membership Committee.

03/19/2013

Dr. Balog organized an IEEE Power Electronics Society Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) brunch at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

03/17/2013

PhD student Souhib Harb presented his papers entitled "AC-Link, Single-Phase, Photovoltaic Module Integrated Inverter" and "Single-Phase PWM Rectifier with Ripple-Port for Double-Frequency Ripple Cancellation" at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

03/17/2013

Recent MS graduate Poornima Mazumdar presented her paper entitle "Analysis and Design of Smart PV Modules" at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

03/01/2013 Graduate students Rachael Dahl, Lauren Pfeifer, and James Robertson presented their ideas for extending affordable and reliable power to the colonias at the 2nd Biennial Texas Energy Innovation Challenge held at the Texas Capital. Their proposal, “Powering the Texas Colonias” recommended a three-prong policy strategy that involved loosening regulations, passing legislation and expanding existing initiatives. Dr. Balog is the faculty advisor for the student team.
01/15/2013 Dr. Balog gave an invited presentation at the closing session of the Inaugural SEC Symposium “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future” in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 10-12. His talk was entitled "Mitigating Variability of High Penetration Photovoltaic Systems in a Community Smart Microgrid". Watch the presentation on YOUTUBE.
01/10/2013 Dr. Balog gave a presentation at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station Junior Faculty Research Collaboration Conference.
01/09/2013

Dr. Balog was a guest speaker on a local radio show to discuss solar power. He was interviewed by Allise Burris and Jenn Atkins for their eco-friendly environmental talk show, Rethinking Green, on KEOS 89.1, where he discussed the issues of making photovoltaic solar power affordable.

2012

12/07/2012 Photos of REAPER lab research on photovoltaic systems were featured in a recent promotional flyer for the Inaugural SEC Symposium on the Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future to be held Feb 10-12, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. The top photo shows Dr. Balog explaining the US Department of Energy / Texas State Energy Conservation Office sponsored PV demonstration project on the TAMU campus. The bottom photo shows Jasmine Leon, a TAMU National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) 2011 student building an experimental prototype for a next-generation PV system.
12/05/2012 Dr. Balog give a presentation on solar energy as the TAMU Local Action: Global Impact Conference, a global issues conference for students in grades 6, 7 & 8 sponsored by Public Partnerships & Outreach, Office of the Provost and the Office of Sustainability at Texas A&M University.
11/20/2012 REAPER lab congratulates Dr. Mehran Mirjafari for successfully defending his PhD dissertation. Dr. Mirjafari's dissertation, tentatively titled "Automated Synthesis Tool for Design Optimization of Power Electronic Converters" represents an important and abstract concept that is foundational for the future of optimal power electronic design.

11/14/2012

REAPER labs welcomes Scott Minos from the US Department of Energy who will give presentations entitled Achieving and Maximizing Desired Engineering Results Through Behavior Modification and SmartGrid: Changing the Paradigm to Address Challenges of Electrical Power Delivery.

11/13/2012

Championing the Colonias. Texas is the nation’s leading power produce, yet thousands of Texans in the colonias of South Texas still lack access to basic services like water and electric power. Texas A&M graduate students are tackling this challenge as part of Power Across Texas’ newest signature initiative—the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge. Dr. Balog is the faculty advisor on the project.

11/02/2012

Representatives from the A&M student team competing in the Power Across Texas Energy Innovation Challenge visited colonias in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties to gain a better perspective of a significant energy problem for Texans: the continued lack of access to electricity among residents of the Colonias in South Texas. Dr. Balog is their faculty advisor on the project.

10/04/2012

Dr. Balog gives a talk entitled "Making Solar Power Competitive" at the Annual Energy Institute Conference and 2012 Growing Texas Conference.

09/18/2012

PhD students Souhib Harb and Mehran Mirjafari present their paper entitle "Ripple-Port Module-Integrated Inverter for Grid-Connected PV Applications" at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition.

09/14-16/2012

Dr. Balog Participates in the IEEE Power Electronics Society Long Range Planning Retreat.

10/04/2012

REAPER research associates are featured installing solar panels in a 30 second commercial for Texas A&M University entitled What You Stand For. Shown on the Kyle Field jumbotron and aired on ESPN during televised SEC football games, it highlights the impact of Texas A&M water and electricity projects.

08/27/2012

Dr. Balog files a provisional U.S. Patent on a transformative new technology for arc fault and arc flash detection in direct current (DC) photovoltaic energy systems. For more information, please contact Dr. Balog (rbalog@ece.tamu.edu).

08/13/2012

Dr. Balog gives a presentation on grid-interface issues for photovoltaic energy systems to the NSF site review team visiting the International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (IIMEC).

July 2012

Dr. Balog and Mohammad Shadmand, graduate student, collaborate in Doha, Qatar at the Texas A&M University - Qatar campus.

July 2012

Dr. Balog is a Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Supported by TÜBİTAK, he is collaborating with Dr. Raşit Turan and The Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM) to understand energy harvest opportunities for next generation photovoltaic cells.

6/3-4/2012

Graduate students Souhib Harb and Poornima Mazumdar presents technical papers at the 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, June 3-8, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

4/2012

Dr. Balog featured in an interview with EEWeb.

03/22/2012

Dr. Balog gives an invited seminar at the University of Texas at Arlington.

02/24/2012

Dr. Balog participates in the IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI).

02/24/2012

Mohammad Shadmand, graduate student, presents paper entitle "FEA Tool Approach for Determination of Parasitic Capacitance of the Windings in High Frequency Coupled Inductors Filters" at the IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI).

02/10/2012

Dr. Balog attends the IEEE Power Electronics Society Administrative Committee Meeting.

02/09/2012

Mehran Mirjafari, PhD student, presents paper entitle "Multi-Objective Optimization of the Energy Capture and Boost Inductor Mass in a Module-Integrated Converter (MIC) Photovoltaic Energy System" at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

02/09/2012

Souhib Harp, PhD student, presents paper entitle "Reliability of Candidate Photovoltaic Module-Integrated-Inverter Topologies" at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

02/06/2012

Dr. Balog organized an IEEE Power Electronics Society Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) brunch at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

02/03/2012

Dr. Balog along with Drs. Xie and Puller are awarded an interdisciplinary education grant to develop a student-oriented, experiential inter-disciplinary approach to inspire future leaders in the energy sector and empower an educated, smart energy consumer to participate in the future smart electricity grid.

01/25/2012

Mohammad B. Shadmand, PhD student, presents technical seminar entitled "Photovoltaic-Wind Hybrid System with Battery Back-up Optimized for Apartment Complexes and other Community Living Environment" at the Electric Power and Power Electronics Institute

01/18-19/2012

Dr. Balog gives a presentation on power electronics for energy harvest at the International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (IIMEC).

2011

12/06/2011

Dr. Balog files a U.S. Patent disclosure with the Texas A&M Office of Technology Commercialization on transformative new technology for safe operation of direct current (DC) photovoltaic energy systems. For more information and licensing opportunities, please contact Dr. Balog or the OTC.

11/28/2011

Dr. Balog was admitted into the External Body of the Hungarian Academy of Science for his work in sustainable energy systems.

10/20/2011

Dr. Balog and David Scoggins from Sundance Renewable Solutions file a U.S. patent for new balance of system technology that promises to dramatically lower the cost of solar photovoltaic systems. For more information and licensing opportunities, please contact Dr. Balog.

10/19/2011

Dr. Balog attends Solar Power International 2011

10/17/2011

Professor Balog participates in a NSF workshop.

10/15/2011

Sara, a College Station, TX high school student wins first place in Houston's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day competition. Part of her winning video on solar energy was an interview with Dr. Balog.

10/19/2011

Stephen McConnell, undergraduate researcher, receives an IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ Award. This new scholarship provides annual stipends to power engineering students as a way in which IEEE is helping to meet the growing demand for new power engineers.

09/19/2011

Research paper "Novel non-Flat PV Module Geometries and Implications to Power Conversion" by Amulya Karavadi, graduate student, appears at IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition.

09/19/2011

Mohammad B. Shadmand, graduate student, presents a paper entitled "Photovoltaic-Wind Hybrid System with Battery Back-up Optimized for Apartment Complexes and Other Community Living Environments" at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition.

09/18/2011

Dr. Balog presents tutorial on power electronics for photovoltaic (PV) systems at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition.

08/05/2011

Stephen McConnell and Jasmine Leon (National Science Foundation REU students) gave a presentation on curved photovoltaic arrays vs flat panels for energy harvest.

08/02/2011

Dr. Balog is issued a US patent "Method for minimizing double-frequency ripple power in single-phase power conditioners" aimed to dramatically increase the reliability and lifetime of a residential inverter, thus making solar photovoltaic energy more affordable for residential applications.

08/02/2011

Dr. Balog presents an invited seminar at the Middle East Technical University (METU).

05/30/2011

Professor Balog mentors two students as part of the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Texas A&M.

05/01/2011

Texas A&M first solar photovoltaic project near completion

04/15/2011

Dr. Balog receives the 2011 Rutgers University Distinguished Engineer Award for his pioneering work in photovoltaic energy conversion.

02/08/2011

Graduate students Ojay Anyaeji, Amulya Karavadi and Samantha J. Castillo win first place in the Power Across Texas Conclave Energy Primer Challenge with their report and presentation entitled Texas Solar Primer