UNM Key Part of Microgrid Collaboration
June 04, 2012
Categories: Inside UNM
UNM Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Andrea Mammoli is leading a team in a series of research projects involving renewable energy. The UNM School of Engineering Center for Emerging Energy Technologies (CEET) is collaborating with the Public Service Company of New Mexico to integrate a microgrid with PNM's distribution systems at Mesa del Sol.
Mammoli says there are several specific research projects involving collaborators within the university and with other entities. At UNM, faculty members who are involved include Olga Lavrova, assistant professor, Computer Engineering Tom Caudell, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Francesco Sorrentino,assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering.
In this video, he discusses the UNM projects.
The research will be done in part at Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol where UNM, PNM, Mesa del Sol and Sandia National Labs are involved in a new collaboration aimed at making renewable energy a workable reality that can be incorporated into the nation's electrical grid. UNM has office and lab space in the building and will host a control center operated by The New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO). The control center will operate a microgrid project.
The microgrid will demonstrate the use of specialized technology in a commercial building. The purpose of the project is to assist the existing electrical power grid in integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable energy. The project will enable the Aperture Center to respond to demand/supply signals from the main power grid and allow for completely independent operation in emergency situations.
Nine Japanese companies who have supplied more than $22 million in components of this innovative system will use the project to determine how the system might work in a commercial environment. Participants include Shimizu, Toshiba, Sharp, Meidensha, Fuji Electric Co., Tokyo Gas Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Furukawa Electric Co., and Furukawa Battery Co. The project is expected to last two years.
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