Smart Mini-grid of 100% Renewable Energy Power System
Project Description

The electricity obtained from photovoltaics and wind turbines is intermittent and scattered, and thus unreliable. An ultimate solution is to develop off- and micro-grid systems that can store energy to secure an efficient and stable supply of electricity. However, the biggest challenge is that in addition to the usual requirements of efficiency, scalability, durability, and economy, off- and micro-grid energy storage systems must also be operable independent of site and capable of storing energy safely for prolonged periods of time. The objective is to demonstrate a 100% renewable energy power system on campus with a mini-grid composed of solar panels and an innovative e-fuel energy storage system. All except solar panels will be developed by HKUST, including rechargeable e-fuels; Ion-exchange membranes; A high-performance multiscale carbon electrode; and kilowatt-class e-fuel modules. As a result, a 10 kW e-fuel charger prototype powered by solar cells to produce e-fuels and a 10 kW e-fuel power pack prototype for home power supply will be demonstrated.

ZHAO Tianshou
XU Jianbo
Course type
Applicant's Roles

? To identify, formulate and solve integrative electrochemistry, material science and thermo-fluid science problems.

? To analyze the performance of energy storage system and design a home power supply with high energy efficiency

Applicant's Learning Objectives

? To apply and integrate the knowledge acquired throughout their undergraduate studies.

? To develop students’ capabilities in analyzing and solving complex and real-case problems

Complexity of the project