Current Research Projects

Offshore wind power generation

Rutgers Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) and Rutgers Energy Institute partner with Rambol – an international leader in energy and environment consulting – to develop strategic plan for State of New Jersey on offshore wind power generation. Rutgers share of this planning project is $200K and focuses on grid integration and economic analysis. State of New Jersey is quickly committed to generate 1,100 megawatts annually of offshore wind energy, and 3,500 megawatts of generation by the year 2030 — enough to power 1.5 million homes.

 

An analysis of the state of New Jersey's energy storage needs and opportunities

Rutgers Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) leads a project funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to perform an analysis of the state’s energy storage needs and opportunities. This study will provide the data needed to achieve the energy storage targets set by the Clean Energy Act of 2018 (Act). The Act set goals of 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030. Energy storage will provide emergency back-up power for essential services, offsetting peak loads, and stabilizing the electric distribution system, which ultimately will benefit the ratepayer. The Rutgers analysis will also consider whether implementation of renewable electric energy storage systems would promote the use of electric vehicles in the state, and the potential impact on renewable energy production. The contract is for six months beginning on November 1, 2018 with a budget of $300K.  

 

Microgrid feasibility study for microgrids across the state of New Jersey

Rutgers Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) is completing a study funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to strategize location and size of thirteen microgrids across the state. RU LESS platform is used to carry out engineering and economic analysis of these microgrids. The total funding is $150K for a period of one year.

 

An infrastructure readiness study on Connected / Electric vehicles

Rutgers Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) is leading an infrastructure readiness study on Connected / Electric vehicles as part of the UTC Region 2 funding received by Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). The team will perform gap analysis and survey the existing system architectures and implementation plans. A stakeholder workshop and a preliminary design for a test bed in New Jersey are also planned. The funding for this study is planned in two phases with the a budget of $100K for the first phase.