Xinyang Zhou

Xinyang Zhou

Researcher III-Electrical Engineering


Xinyang Zhou joined NREL in 2018. His research aims to design distributed optimization and control algorithms for networked systems, particularly, distributed real-time frequency and voltage controls that achieve system-wide optimality and robustness for future power networks with large number of controllable loads and multi-energy systems. His research mainly employs techniques and tools from optimization, control theory, and game theory.

Research Interests

Optimization and control

Distributed algorithms

Smart grid


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, NREL (2019–Present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2018–2019)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Featured Work

Economic Dispatch with Distributed Energy Resources: Co-Optimization of Transmission and Distribution Systems, IEEE Control Systems Letters (2021)

Reverse and Forward Engineering of Local Voltage Control in Distribution Networks, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2021)

Autonomous Energy Grids: Controlling the future grid with large amounts of distributed energy resources, IEEE Power & Energy Magazine (2020)

Gradient-Based Multi-Area Distribution System State Estimation, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2020)

Online Stochastic Optimization of Networked Distributed Energy Resources, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2020)

Accelerated Voltage Regulation in Multi-Phase Distribution Networks Based on Hierarchical Distributed Algorithm, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2020)

Solving Optimal Power Flow for Distribution Networks with State Estimation Feedback, American Control Conference (2020)

Demand Shaping in Cellular Networks, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2018)

An Incentive-Based Online Optimization Framework for Distribution Grids, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2017)

A New Perspective to Synchronization in Networks of Coupled Oscillators: Reverse Engineering and Convex Relaxation, IFAC-PapersOnLine (2015)



Awards and Honors

NREL President's Award (2021)