Modernizing California’s Power Infrastructure.
Advanced Energy Community started in 2016 with the purpose of completing a major applied research project to accelerate the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities (AEC). This year the AEC team will focus on finalizing the development of community design tools, and their implementation into a Huntington Beach community.
Together with funding from Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas companies the team has receive a total of $1.9 million to develop and apply master community design tools and to integrate innovative, high efficiency and sustainable energy technologies into a Huntington Beach community. The project will become an example and blueprint for the entire State of California regarding how communities can be revitalized, become more sustainable, and lower energy costs.
Our objective for the 2017/2018 year is to develop a tool which will make the microgrid design process easier.
- Create an open source solar modeling program that allows for creation of geometrics shapes to model solar intensity. This program will enable the user to move in laterally and vertically in space to view incident light on surfaces.
How is this innovative?
Why individual housing solar installation faces challenges and risks?
A: Large scaled installation model with stability & reliability issue, “duck” net load challenges for power distributors, and less commercial viability and marketability without a unified grid leveled management
Why integrated generation, distribution, storage, and consumption would work?
A: Low loss distribution, fast local demand response, resiliency, security, accessible maintenance & operation, more potential economic value, provide local job opportunity
Why the Advanced Energy Community a future trend?
A: The next step of the development of renewable energy will be less and less centralized and will more focused on customer & community oriented design and service
The tools developed in this project will lay the groundwork for future implementations of Advanced Energy Communities within the entire state of California. The use of open source tools will allow the modeling of these communities to be simplified and available to all groups, resulting in widespread penetration of microgrid technologies into any existing grid.
Name: Yanchen Wu
Name: Alex Xu
Name: Justin Casper
Name: Ariel Seminet
Initial Project Information
Field of Interest
Energy Conversion and Sustainability
Create and build a renewable energy conversion system that will improve the energy efficiency and sustainability, reduce pollutant emissions, and eliminate energy grid reliance of data centers using fuel cells, clean renewable energy, and energy storage technologies; static and dynamic tests of system components are included.
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