The grant will assist a project to increase the transmission and storage of renewable energy.

testbedThe Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Manhattan College has been awarded a $2 million grant, in collaboration with colleagues from Florida International University and Prince Sattam Bin AbdulAziz University in Saudi Arabia.

Manhattan College has received $330,000 per its allocated fund among the research collaborative team.

The grant will help support a project designed to increase the reliable transmission and storage of renewable energy to account for 4% of total energy use.

Mahmoud Amin, Ph.D., an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the lead principal investigator at Manhattan College. He is working alongside Osama A. Mohammed, Ph.D., distinguished professor and associate dean of research at Florida International University, and Fayez Fahim Mohamed El-Sousy, Ph.D., at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.

“With rapid advances in hybrid AC/DC power grids with high penetration of renewable energy, high power energy storage systems (ESSs) have become key solutions to resolve several issues such as reliability and energy efficiency,” the project summary reads. “Therefore, assessing and enhancing ESSs is of utmost importance for the future electricity grid.”

The main goal of this project is to develop a mathematical model for the optimal operation of hybrid energy storage systems (HESSs) that enable high penetration of renewable energy. The modeling strategies will direct the system operator on how to increase storage system participation for providing various types of services, particularly in systems with high levels of renewable energy sources.

The project will discuss potential future research directions to enable generating 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy with 2.2 gigawatts of energy storage capacity.

The grant is a three-year International Collaboration Grant, titled “Grand Challenge Grant,” sponsored by the Research and Development Office in the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia.

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