AWS Truepower, an energy consulting and information services firm, has become an affiliate member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), which is engaged in high-profile research on the future of the U.S. and global energy systems. Under the partnership, which has a term of 3 years, AWS Truepower will provide national, historical wind and solar data sets to support MITEI research toward developing innovative approaches, analyses, technologies and recommendations to improve the identification and utilization of renewable energy resources.
To provide a sound basis on which to model energy futures and draw policy conclusions, MITEI and its partners and researchers need high-quality data on all energy sources, including intermittent renewable technologies and resources like solar and wind. AWS Truepower was chosen for this partnership as the company has developed and validated sophisticated methods to support the analysis of intermittent wind and solar plants over a wide range of time scales (from seconds to years) in any part of the world. This is a unique capability in the renewable energy industry.
From AWS Truepower’s proprietary long-term database of weather conditions, onshore wind, offshore wind, and solar PV power profiles are generated to enable a better characterization of the impacts of energy generated from these technologies, such as the amount of coal and oil displaced and requirements for transmission lines to carry the power to load centers.
“We are very pleased to now be an official partner of MITEI. We have completed at least 15 major grid integration studies for renewable energy in North America, and are eager to share our expertise and experience with MIT,” said Michael Brower, CTO of AWS Truepower. “As an alumnus of MIT, it is especially rewarding for me to give back to that community of researchers in renewable energy.”
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