The National Science Foundation (NSF), under its CRISP Program, has awarded $1.5M to a team of UPRM researchers. The team will investigate next generation Smart Grid systems that feature direct participation by citizens, businesses, non-profits, and other third parties in open access energy marketplace. Under this scheme the power utility opens up its grid infrastructure at the distribution level to allow third parties to sell energy services to the public in an eBay style marketplace. These electric services include generation, storage, billing, weather forecasting, and other ancillary services.
The UPRM team has a transdisciplinary nature, feature Computer Scientists, Power Engineers, and Social Scientists. The team members are: Manuel Rodriguez-Martinez (PI, Computer Science and Engineering), Efrain O’Neill (Electrical Engineering), Marla Perez (Sociology), Agustin Irizarry (Electrical Engineering), Wilson Rivera (Computer Science and Engineering), Fabio Andrade (Electrical Engineering), Cecilio Ortiz (Public Administration), Rafael Rodriguez (Electrical Engineering), and Eduardo Lugo (Psychology).
The NSF CRISP funding started on September 11, 2015 and will run until August 31, 2018. The NSF Project Award Abstract can be found here.