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Professor receives multi-million dollar grant for smart grid technology

Professor receives multi-million dollar grant for smart grid technology

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:49pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:51pm

A New Mexico State University professor will help launch research to develop technologies for smart grids.

Smart grids are like power grids, but use digital data and communications technology to operate.

“Smart grids represent the future of the electrical generation and distribution infrastructure, and present a number of challenges that the research community is trying to address,” said Prof. Enrico Pontelli, who is receiving the $5 million, 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST).

“Smart grids try to make a directional relationship between power plants and customers by predicting when customers need electricity. If they had that information, production would be more efficient.”

Pontelli, a computer science professor and department head for the College of Arts and Sciences, is partnering up with electrical and computer engineering dept. head Satish Ranade and others for the research.

Pontelli hopes to utilize smart grid technology at NMSU, and save money for the university through its sustainable features.

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