Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TTU Getting Worldwide Press for Energy Grant

Web sites across the Internet have picked up on the news we first reported last week about a U.S. Department of Energy grant that will be going to Tennessee Tech. Tech has won support from the Department of Energy to develop storage systems and controls for high wind energy projects. A team led by David Wenzhong Gao, assistant electrical and computing engineering professor, model, simulate and analyze new ways to counteract wind fluctuation with energy storage and associated controls. Researchers at TTU have more than $265,000 funding for the two-year project. TTU will create multi-level storage consisting of plug-and-play energy storage modules at different levels of a wind power system, according to a statement. The goal is to balance the various components of a wind energy system including the control center, wind power plant and wind turbine generator.