FUNDING & POLICY
July 28, 2008
Microgrid, supercapacitor and
solar hydrogen projects funded
The National Science Foundation has
funded three renewable energy projects in four awards: one to design
control systems for electrical grids with many distributed alternative
energy generation systems, a second to build supercapacitors from
carbon nanotube films, and a third to develop commercially viable
processes for generating hydrogen from sunlight.
Caisheng Wang and Feng Lin of Wayne State University will
receive $311,334 for the project Optimal
Distributed Control of Power Grids with Multiple Alternative Energy
Distributed Generation Microgrids: Towards Reliable, Sustainable and
Clean Power Generation. The goal is to develop a communications
infrastructure that forms a hybrid of locally controlled microgrids
tied together in a centrally controlled grid.
Bingqing Wei of the University of Delaware and Hanqing Jiang
of Arizona State University will receive $211,679 and $208,167 respectively
for the project Collaborative
Research: Manufacturing Deformable Energy Storage Devices from Carbon
Nanotube Macro-Films. The goal is to produce supercapacitors consisting
of carbon nanotube films on flexible surfaces, yielding lightweight,
bendable energy storage devices.
Raymond Adomaitis and Sheryl Ehrman of the University of Maryland
College Park will receive $324,999 for the project Photoelectrochemical
Films for Solar H2 Production: a Combinatorial CVD Approach. The
goal is to develop thin-film semiconductors that split water into
oxygen and hydrogen in sunlight and to determine if the devices can
be manufactured on commercial chemical vapor deposition systems.
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