Design and Implementation of a Laboratory-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation System and a Smart Microgrid for Electrical Engineering Education Enhancement at MSU

PI: Hashem Nehrir, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University - Bozeman

The objective of this proposal is to involve several undergraduate students in the design and implementation of a laboratory-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation system and a smart microgrid for electric power engineering education enhancement at MSU. When completed, the PV system and the microgrid will be used in several electrical engineering (EE) courses at different levels for educational purposes to introduce the students to the Solar PV power generation and the concept of microgrid with multiple distributed generation sources. Microgrid is designated as the cornerstone of the “smart grid” of the future and renewable/alternative energy (RE/AE) power generation is an integral part of it. It is essential that MSU engineering students have the opportunity to be introduced to this new concept and architecture, hence the proposed project. In this proposal the rational for proposing this project, and the project goals and its long-term impacts are explained.

The EE courses in which the PV generation system and the microgrid will be used include: EELE 101, 250, 354, 355, 454, 455, 555. The level of use of the microgrid in each course is explained in the proposal.

The design and implementation of the solar PV system and the microgrid will be achieved with the involvement of several undergraduate students. Every effort will be made to attract female and minority students (if available) to the project.


Contact Information

Mail: Hashem Nehrir
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Montana State University - Bozeman
Bozeman, MT 59717
E-mail: Hashem Nehrir
Phone: (406) 994-4980

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