Jordan Ehren

 Jordan Ehren
Mentor: Dr. Sean Meyn
College of Engineering
 
"The timing could not have been more perfect. Weeks after attending an IEEE Power and Energy Conference, I ran into Professor Meyn. He needed lab help and I wanted to know more about the power industry. We talked about his work on handling the volatility of renewable resources (a major theme at the power conference) and decided I could help!"

Major

Electrical Engineering

Minor

Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Modern Forms of Ancillary Service
  • Power Markets

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
  • IEEE PES Scholarship
  • NSF Funding
  • UF University Scholars Program

Organizations

  • HKN Engineering Honor Society

Volunteer

  • Home Energy Audits in Gainesville

Hobbies and Interests

  • Technology, esp. Electronics
  • Scuba Diving and Watersports
  • Reading
  • Biomedical Advances

Research Description

Solar Powering Florida
"The goal of my research project is to determine how much solar power capacity the state of Florida can realistically employ. Present capacity constitutes less one percent of the state's total resources. The glaring issue of solar power, and other renewables for that matter, is volatility. Because of this, I first plan to analyze and model the volatility of solar generation in Florida. I will collect solar power output data in cities around the state and aggregate them into larger areas. My hope is that as the geographical base of solar installations spreads, volatility will diminish. Furthermore, I will take into consideration, load shedding and shifting programs to adjust demand for electricity to supply. HVAC constitutes over fifty percent of Florida's power load. Running Florida's two million pool pumps consumes two Gigawatts. The ability to control these loads will allow for a much higher penetration of solar generation.