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An Undergraduate Summer Research Experience on Energy Efficient Lighting Technologies and Harmonics

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Energy Education Courses, Labs, and Projects II

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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25.181.1 - 25.181.12



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Reg Recayi Pecen University of Northern Iowa Orcid 16x16

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Reg Recayi Pecen holds a B.S in E.E. and a M.S. in controls and computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in E.E. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He has served as Graduate Assistant and faculty at UW and South Dakota State University. He is currently a professor and Program Coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology program at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also serving as a graduate program coordinator at the Department of Technology. He serves on UNI Energy and Environment Council, CNS Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among eight other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing 10 or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005. He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a paper reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He is currently serving as a Chair-elect on American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Energy Conversion and Conservation Division. He served as a Program Chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society President Dr. Boroyevich in recognition of valuable contributions to the IEEE Power Electronics Society Solar Splash as 2011 Event Coordinator. Pecen is a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also representing UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Pecen has been teaching Building Operator Certificate (BOC) workshops for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Web:;

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Corey Evan Eichelberger

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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An undergraduate summer research experience on energy efficient lighting technologies and harmonicsAbstract A few qualified undergraduate students at the University of________________________ are given summer research awards that include a competitivestipend and funding for research expenses. The competition is based on an applied researchproposal and it requires active collaboration with a summer research faculty from May 15through July 31 that takes 10-weeks of work. The faculty member is also responsible to monitorstudent’s research progress. The summer research program ends with a project display andpresentation day on the last working day of July. A number of BS degree students in theElectrical Engineering Technology program have shown great interest in the summer appliedresearch program. This paper reports an applied engineering technology research project that investigatesimpacts of artificial lighting induced harmonics on electrical distribution systems. The authorsdesigned and built a unique testbed to investigate harmonic spectrum of the electrical signalswhen variety of lighting loads are connected in a single phase electrical system. Fromincandescent light bulbs to a variety of CFLs and state-of-the-art LED light bulbs, a number ofcommercially available different lighting loads are investigated. The results are very interestingbased on the different bulbs available in the market. The United States Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires all generalpurpose light bulbs with outputs of between 310-2600 lumens to be 30% more efficient than themodern day incandescent bulbs that are still used at residential and commercial buildings. Asimport and manufacturing of any 100 W incandescent light bulbs become illegal beginningJanuary 1, 2012 followed by 60 W and 40 W ones respectively in 2013 and 2014, there is a needon cost effective, efficient light bulbs with no or minimum harmonics generation due to currentuse of electronics ballast in CFLs. This has led to the development of lighting alternatives thatare more efficient than their incandescent counterparts but also have caused harmonic problemsparticularly from cheap CFLs that are largely available in the discount stores. The purpose of this paper is to describe a summer research project entitled “Impact ofArtificial Lighting Induced Harmonics on Electrical Power Distribution Systems” to provide anin depth look at the power characteristics of LED and fluorescent lighting technologies alongwith issues that may affect the homeowner and power distribution company both physically andeconomically. The immediate goal of this study is to give an in depth analysis at the powerconsumption and lighting output that is seen by the consumer along with the reactive power,harmonics, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) and overall efficiency that is seen by the energyutility company. The co-author of this paper, summer research student, was also involved inmany community STEM outreach programs during the summer 10-weeks session. Submitted to the ASEE 2012 Conference and Exposition for the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (ECCD) to be peer reviewed. October 7, 2011

Pecen, R. R., & Eichelberger, C. E., & Yildiz, F. (2012, June), An Undergraduate Summer Research Experience on Energy Efficient Lighting Technologies and Harmonics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20941

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