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New Mexico researchers awarded grant to help revolutionize power grid

Joy Wang
September 26, 2018 12:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Researchers across New Mexico are working on a plan to update the power grid.

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“We're going to make it more resilient. We're going to make it cleaner and, potentially, we're going to make it more affordable,” said Andrea Mammoli, the director of UNM’s Center for Emerging Energy Technologies. “Right now the grid is becoming more and more fragile.”

Mammoli, who also is a mechanical engineering professor at UNM, believes the grid is more vulnerable now because more people are relying on more power to support their habits.

“We cannot continue to do things as we are now,” explained Mammoli.

Researchers in New Mexico will be looking at ways to modernize the grid. They received a five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. 

The grant funds researchers at UNM, New Mexico State University, the Institute of Mining and Technology, Santa Fe Community College as well as several national laboratories.

“New Mexico is also a really great place to do this because it has all of the clean energy sources in large bundles. We have solar, we have a lot of wind,” said Mammoli.

The researchers will be looking into technology that could be used in the future, as well as how to revolutionize the grid to fit that use.

“We have a utility company that is going to work with us and a lot of industrial partners as well,” said Mammoli.

He's also hoping to make energy cleaner, with lower carbon emissions.

“Right now we're burning fossil fuels. We're putting CO2 in the atmosphere. Known outcomes of that include climate change and things like that."

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