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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