PIRE: US-Denmark Cooperative Research and Education in Intermittency-Friendly Community-Scale Renewable Energy for Micro-Grids  

Uncertain resource supplies, global exchange and energy market volatility call for strategies directed at developing alternative energy solutions. Anticipated requirements for reduction in fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions from large-scale centralized power generation, point to the need for fundamentally sound ways to increase renewable energy sources along with facilities for delivery and distribution. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnership for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) and addresses the technical, social, and economic aspects of community-scale renewable energy micro-grids. The partnership involves researchers from the US and Denmark who, together, will serve as a cooperative, virtual research, development and education center. Primary partners are the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of California, Davis, Aalborg University and the Technical University of Denmark.

UCSC awarded $4.5 million NSF grant for renewable energy research and education

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