FIU-IIM Collaboration to Play key Role in India’s Energy Revolution

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FIU-IIM partnership will examine as of how energy can be collectively integrated and stored into the power grid

As part of India’s Smart Grids Innovation Challenge, FIU, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad has been awarded a $400,000 grant for two years. FIU-IIM partnership developed algorithms and software-driven infrastructure to help develop India’s peer-to-peer energy transferring platform.

From that initial list, 28 institutions were shortlisted and nine projects were awarded in collaboration with foreign institutions. FIU is the only U.S. partner selected to participate. The School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), housed in the College of Engineering and Computing is spearheading the project with S.S. Iyengar, the school director.

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Kenneth G. Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President said, “This collaboration with IIM-A recognises FIU’s forward-thinking approach to research, particularly in the areas of energy innovation and protecting the smart grid. The latter falls under cybersecurity, one of the university’s emerging preeminent programs.”

Researchers will develop protocols for power management

SCIS students, under the direction of Iyengar, will help develop software for peer-to-peer power trading at the granular level with end prosumers who have various forms of load (which refers to energy) and power generation systems. Besides solar power, energy can be generated in a variety of ways, from hydroelectric to nuclear and thermal coal.

Researchers will use computer science to recommend a framework and develop protocols for distributed power management. They will look at the overall power grid to determine how many different people are producing energy and how it can be collectively integrated and stored into the power grid efficiently.

They will also examine how it can be traded, including pricing and serviced so it is not wasted and provide only what’s needed. Students also will make suggestions for a business model that integrates analytics, communications and cybersecurity.

They will also examine as of how do you protect the grid and how do you make it smart. If there is excess power in one place, how do you put it somewhere else? Yet another component they will study is a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The project encompasses a number of partners including academic and industry collaborators. There is the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, as the lead institute, with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, Ramaiah Institute of Technology and Florida International University acting as academic partners. Whereas the industry collaborators include Amplus Solar, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., and Renault–Nissan Technology and Business Centre.

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