17.08.2020 Sustainable Campus Researchers guide the progress of projects in Canada
“We believe and hope that this will be an initiative to establish more collaborations between Unicamp and MUN”, says a Canadian researcher
Master’s group in Applied Sciences in Energy Systems at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada, received guidance for the development of their projects, last Friday, 14. The meeting took place remotely with researchers from the Sustainable Campus Project.
Albino Sebastian, Mithun Madhukumar, Soni T Raju and Tonse Suresh are graduated in Electrical Engineering and believe that renewable energy and power systems, as well as network integration, contribute to solutions for the demand and sustainable energy, through a smart and environmentally friendly system.
Canadian researchers are looking to build a hybrid AC/DC network using ETAP software. “But our team does not have the necessary experience to model the microgrid controller and perform simulations of software-in-the-loop (SIL) or hardware-in-the-loop (HIL). As Unicamp has already implemented the system on its Campus, it will be of great help to know how it was done, especially in the initial phase of the system model simulation”, justifies Madhukumar.
According to him, knowing more about the living laboratory of renewable generation, electric mobility, energy efficiency, monitoring and management of energy demand at Unicamp, helps his group achieve success in their projects. The researcher points out the interest in monitoring and managing energy demand, for microgrid controllers and for the various simulation software, already applied at Unicamp.
“As a leading research institution in the integration of renewable energies, energy efficiency, internet of things and electric mobility, working with Unicamp will be of great prestige for us. As our project is mainly focused on the proposed Smart Grid model at MUN, the experience of the Sustainable Campus in this area will be of great help. Especially in software-in-the-loop modeling and simulations of the Smart Grid and Energy Management systems”, he explains.
The first contact was made by email, with Professor Luiz Carlos, coordinator of the Sustainable Campus Project, in May. Guilherme Martinelli, Electrical Engineering student and intern at SCP, streamlined the first contacts. From then on, messages were exchanged, according to Martinelli, in the dialogues there were transfers of guidance documents.
“In the email, they said they were fascinated with our work at Unicamp and would love to be partners to guide them in their project. Untill on the last fourteenth day, we managed to hold the first meeting between the teams, Brazilian and Canadian”.
According to the academic, in this first meeting it was possible to guide them in topics of photovoltaic systems, such as software for simulation, dimensioning, effects of the shading problem and how to overcome them. In addition, some guidance has been provided for Energy Management techniques on a smart grid.
“As this is a foreign university, this partnership allows us to exchange ideas, perspectives and realities about energy sustainability. This partnership also helps us to increase our international visibility, allowing other Universities around the world to learn about our work and be inspired to leave the planet a more sustainable place”, concludes Martinelli.
Inácio de Paula | Sustainable Campus – written text
Stephanie Biasotto | Sustainable Campus – translation.