Fuel Cells, Power Systems, Modeling
Kevin Davies (PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon) specializes in distributed data acquisition, modeling, and controls for the electric grid under high penetrations of variable renewable energy. Recently at HNEI, he has led the development of a low-cost, high-fidelity distribution transformer monitor system with the potential for advanced onboard data analysis and controls (Advanced Real-time Grid Energy Monitor System, ARGEMS; viewable by invitation at argems.soest.hawaii.edu). The work has involved multiple undergraduate engineering project courses covering topics from printed circuit board (PCB) design to wireless mesh communications and web-based data visualization. He also leads work to incorporate HNEI’s detailed distribution models, solar forecasting technology, and real-time photovoltaic (PV) data onto newly acquired hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) test equipment. Other projects have included the field deployment of power quality meters and new conservation voltage reduction (CVR) technology in Okinawa, Japan. He supports HNEI’s work in production cost modeling involving the tradeoffs among investments in solar, wind, and battery energy storage technology, using both commercial tools and custom software.
Dr. Davies has four years of product development experience at Ford Motor Company on several alternative powertrain vehicles including the Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicle and the Ford Focus fuel cell electric vehicle. Previously as an Assistant Specialist at HNEI (2005-2007), he analyzed fuel cell and battery energy/power systems for unmanned underwater vehicles. His PhD involved modeling proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) using declarative language in multiple physical domains considering mixed advective and diffusive transport. At HNEI, he adapted the fuel cell modeling framework to include the adsorption, desorption, and reaction of fuel contaminants.