Simi Hoque among recipients of Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. $1 million grant

Simi Hoque among recipients of Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. $1 million grant

Courtesy: Masslive AMHERST - The National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program has awarded a three year, $1 million grant to three University of Massachusetts researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. The money will be used to develop smart energy services that will improve grid efficiency, encourage energy conservation and promote local renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar, according to a press release. Smart grid experts Prashant Shenoy, a computer science professor, and David Irwin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, with green building expert and professor in the environmental conservation department Simi Hoque, are co-principal investigators on the project. The new grant follows a $200,000 pilot project funded last year by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and carried out by Shenoy and a UMass Amherst team at HG&E that demonstrated how smart electric meters save money and power. Shenoy, Hoque and Irwin, with others at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Williams College in Williamstown, will use...
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Engineered wood in wind turbine blades: Focus of Clouston’s NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Engineered wood in wind turbine blades: Focus of Clouston’s NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The UMass Offshore Wind Energy Program hosted an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer. BCT Professor, Peggi Clouston, along with her PhD student, Rachel Koh from Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, mentored and supervised two of these students in research projects that explored the use of engineered wood laminates in offshore wind turbine blades. The students, Malia Charter from Smith College and Yashira Valentin Feliciano from University of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez, participated in hands-on research in Clouston’s lab, a three day field trip to Cape Cod and Boston, weekly seminars on professional development and on the state of the art in wind energy research. Malia’s research involved computer modeling turbine blades using the Numerical Manufacturing and Design tool produced by Sandia National Laboratory (SNL). Three major blade components: spar cap, skin, and shear web were volumetrically replaced with laminated veneer lumber composites. These four blades along with an entirely wooden blade were subjected to static and inertial loads through finite element...
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Paul Sievert and Zara Dowling Among Collaborators Awarded Dept. of Energy Grant for Wind Turbine Bat Deterrent

The project entitled: "A Biomimetic Ultrasonic Whistle for Use as a Bat Deterrent on Wind Turbines " will focus on design and manufacturing of a biomimetic ultrasonic pulse generator for use as a bat deterrent on wind turbines. During the design a whistle-like device emulated based on a bat larynx, mechanically powered via air flow over the wind turbine blade. We will carry out an iterative process of whistle design alternating with laboratory testing on bats to create a series of devices which effectively induce a flight avoidance response for at-risk bat species. Ultimately, the goal is to provide a reliable, cost-effective means of alerting bats to the presence of moving turbine blades, reducing bat mortality at wind facilities, and reducing regulatory uncertainty for wind facility developers. Initially, we will directly model the larynx of the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in order to reproduce key aspects of its acoustic behavior. Specifically, we intend to create a biomimetic device that (i) produces...
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