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new mexico epscor smart grid center

A novel, interdisciplinary research center—the New Mexico EPSCoR SMART Grid Center—pursues next-generation electric power production and delivery through a SMART electric grid (one that is Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient, and Transactive) and envisions a modern, secure, and sustainable electric grid supported by a diverse, next generation workforce.  

The New Mexico SMART Grid Center mission is to investigate the fundamental challenges to transition the existing electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure into a SMART grid and develop supporting knowledge, national talent, and an informed public. The New Mexico SMART Grid Center will develop research capacity and education programs to support a modern electric grid built on the principles of distribution feeder microgrids (DFMs), and empower a diverse, next-generation workforce through industry partnerships, education, and public outreach.

Research Thrusts

Research goal: Create a comprehensive design framework for electricity system distribution feeders to evolve into sustainable and resilient microgrids.

Disciplines involved: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Economics

Team leads: Andrea Mammoli (UNM), Satish Ranade (NMSU)

Institutions: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microgrid Systems Laboratory

Research goal: Design a holistic, scalable Distribution Feeder Microgrid (DFM) networking architecture based on the principles of information-centric networking, which will complement the DFM architecture from the Architecture Research Goal.

Disciplines involved: Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Team leads: Jay Misra (NMSU), Jun Zheng (NM Tech), Michael Devetsikiotis (UNM)

Institutions: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Sandia National Laboratories

Research goal: Integrate machine learning, data mining, knowledge-based, and other artificial intelligence techniques to utilize heterogeneous Distribution Feeder Microgrid and smart grid data to make computer-aided and automatic decisions.

Disciplines involved: Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering

Team leads: Huiping Cao (NMSU), Enrico Pontelli (NMSU), Abdullah Mueen (UNM), Manel Martínez-Ramón (UNM)

Institutions: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Sandia National Laboratories

Research goal: Integrate architecture, networking, and decision-support components of the Distribution Feeder Microgrid to test and validate their impacts on electricity system resilience and sustainability.

Our Testbeds:

  • Mesa del Sol
  • Southwest Technology Development Institute
  • Santa Fe Community College

Disciplines involved: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Economics

Team leads: Andrea Mammoli (UNM), Satish Ranade (NMSU), Enrico Pontelli (UNM), Jun Zheng (NM Tech)

Institutions: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microgrid Systems Laboratory

Goal: Provide sufficient computing and storage/preservation capacity to support NM SMART Grid Center research.

Investments at New Mexico State University (NMSU) include: a High Performance Computing (HPC) system with 4 P100-G12 GPU nodes for computing, 2 high memory nodes (3 TB RAM) for data analysis, 110 TBs for fast storage, and 500 TBs for slower storage. NM SMART Center participants have priority access to HPC cyberinfrastructure resources.

Investments at UNM include 80 TBs/VM for mirroring and storing frequently-used data, and long-term data management support through LibSafe, Digital Preservation Network, and Digital Commons.

Team Leads:
Diana Dugas
Cyberinfrastructure Architect, NMSU
dugasdvt@nmsu.edu

Patrick Bridges
Professor
Department of Computer Science and Center for Advanced Research Computing, UNM
patrickb@unm.edu

Karl Benedict
Director of Research Data Services
College of University Libraries and Learning Science, UNM
kbene@unm.edu

Jon Wheeler
Data Curation Librarian
College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, UNM
jwheel01@unm.edu

testbeds

Mesa Del Sol

Operated by the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Emerging Energy Technologies (CEET), Mesa del Sol is a fully functioning microgrid that uses on-site solar, fuel cell, natural gas, and back-up battery storage to power the 78,000 square foot Aperture Center. The adjacent area includes PNM’s utility-scale Prosperity Energy Storage Project, along with a number of smart-metered residential buildings and a film production studio with commercial loads.

Mesa Del Sol

Southwest Technology Development Institute

The Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) is a non-profit organization based at New Mexico State University (NMSU) that provides training and contract engineering services for systems analysis, hardware development and evaluation, feasibility studies, computer modeling, and informational kiosks. SWTDI is an internationally-recognized applied research and development center for solar and wind energy systems, geothermal research, energy systems simulation, resource assessment, and environmental analysis, and performs contract engineering for a wide variety of private and public sector clients. 

SWTDI

Santa Fe Community College

SFCC has two training and research installations fully funded and ready for implementation, plus a third planned installation. The testing and validation facilities will be capable of rigorous testing of microgrid components, modules, sub-systems, and complete systems under varying climate and environment conditions.

SFCC