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.
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
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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