NSF backs professor studying power grid

Wayne State University in Detroit will look at energy and how it can be improved, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

06/03/2009


 

Wayne

State University researcher  

will receive funding assistance from the

National Science Foundation to back a study evaluating the power grid and how

to make it more reliable and efficient.

 

The Detroit school is going to use the approximately $311,000

it received to investigate how the power grid could be replaced by alternative

energy, such as fuel cells, solar panels, and wind turbines. Professor Caisheng Wang, the primary

researcher in the study, said that by combining old energy sources with

newer, more environmentally friendly technology, the school hopes to create a more

efficient way to access power. A benefit of this may be fewer blackouts, with

the solar panels and wind turbines being used as backups to traditional power

grids.  

 

Wang said that much of the

testing would be done using computer simulations and a microgrid. There will be a wide range of testing on the alternative energy sources, including

coordinating multiple energy sources to optimize efficiency, evaluating energy storage,

and the creation of a prediction program that will estimate future shortages or

surpluses in energy supply



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