Dartmouth Professors Look to Turn the Energy Grid into a Shared Platform

Two professors at Dartmouth College, a NEC member, are exploring ways to revolutionize the energy grid by utilizing unused energy.

Professors Geoffrey Parker and Amro Farid, both of whom recently joined the Dartmouth faculty, have spent their careers looking for ways to improve energy efficiency. The basis of their research revolves around the idea that there are three different types of power in an energy grid – real energy, reactive power and reserve power. A shortcoming of many renewable energy sources is the dependence on reserve power when energy supply is low so the Dartmouth professors will be researching ways to capture unused energy from buildings and houses to fill those gaps.  They aim to create a shared energy platform to connect “all the little things” that use energy that will have mechanisms to measure supply and demand to know where energy can be taken from and how much is needed.  This would not only be cleaner, but would also prove to be cost effective for many of the participating stakeholders.

“If you think about Uber or Airbnb, they are really taking spare capacity in the economy and matching it with demand,” says Parker, a professor of engineering and director of the Master of Engineering Management program. “In the energy system, especially on the demand side, there is a lot of capacity that is idle or not being used as much as it might because there is no platform to get that capacity to do something valuable.”

The New England Council commends Dartmouth’s support of renewable energy and wishes Professors Parker and Farid luck in their research. Read more in New Hampshire Business Review and Dartmouth Engineer Magazine.

Recently from the Blog

Commonwealth Care Alliance Donates to RI Nonprofits

10/14/2021 | Read Post

Cambridge Trust Commits $110M to Affordable Housing Construction

10/12/2021 | Read Post

In the News

NEC to Honor Historic All-Female Lineup of 2021 New Englanders of the Year

08/2/2021 | Read Press Release

NEC Board Elects Three New Directors

04/27/2021 | Read Press Release