Initial research will address the need for new modeling and simulation tools to support the development of improved PV devices and the development of systems and technologies to enable an efficient, reliable and secure smart grid electricity infrastructure with integrated renewable energy resources.
A PV research center will be established at Purdue University to address the performance, cost, reliability and manufacturing challenges of PV technologies. The center will leverage Purdue’s extensive modeling/simulation expertise and national Network for Computational Nanotechnology framework to provide enabling analytical models and simulation tools for PV manufacturers, much as Purdue has done for the semiconductor industry, said SRC in a statement.
A smart grid research center will also be established at Carnegie Mellon University to support the incorporation of renewable energy resources and provide modeling, simulation and control tools needed to manage, optimize and secure the power grid. The center will develop the dynamic monitoring and decision systems (DYMONDS) required to create a new paradigm for the electricity infrastructure. In addition, said SRC, personal energy systems will be enabled providing individuals and organizations choices and flexibility in the use of energy.
The Energy Research Initiative (ERI) will team companies from semiconductors and other energy-related sectors with university research centers to address the world’s need for smart alternative energy sources and prepare students with the technical skills required for the burgeoning industry.
Founding industry members include ABB, Applied Materials, Bosch, First Solar, IBM, Nexans and Tokyo Electron.