Albuquerque Journal

NMSU gets $5MIL for smart grid work

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LAS CRUCES — A team of researcher­s at New Mexico State University has received a second $5 million award from the National Science Foundation to continue with smart grid research.

The grant was awarded through the foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology.

The work already has resulted in the publicatio­n of 150 peer-reviewed papers.

Officials say the goal is to strengthen the efficiency and sustainabi­lity of the electric grid by addressing infrastruc­ture challenges and security issues. The effort also is aimed at developing a flexible workforce to support the industry.

Enrico Pontelli is the project’s principal investigat­or and the dean of NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. In the second phase, he says researcher­s will take what they’ve learned and apply it to other problems and other types of infrastruc­ture.

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