POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Mar. 29, 2016

UTSA professor awarded grant to study cybersecurity for the electrical grid; Solar in Japan set to peak in 2016


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • An assistant professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Ahmad Taha, has been awarded a $30,000 grant to study the cybersecurity of the U.S. electrical grid. His work will focus on smart grids and the Internet-enabled devices that generate and monitor electric power in the U.S. “A smart grid is the future version of the electrical grid that enables more renewable energy sources (to be connected), and allows consumers to control their demand. But it’s also for power generators to know exactly how much power they should be creating. It’s more dynamic and real-time,” said Taha.
  • Aided by governmental incentives, new installations of rooftop solar in Japan are set to peak at 14 GWs in 2016. The government seeks to have seven percent of the country’s electricity generated from photovoltaics by 2030, which will require 64 GWs of capacity according to 2015 figures. However, these incentives will soon expire which may result in a reduction of new installations.
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