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CMU-R receives Scott Institute Seed Grant

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda receives $60,000 Scott Institute Seed Grant to research Smart Grid technologies for sustainable energy development in Rwanda.

KIGALI, Rwanda — February 28, 2013 — Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) has been awarded a 60,000USD Grant from the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a university-wide research initiative at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. The seed grant is to be used to facilitate research on the use of smart grid technologies for sustainable energy development in Rwanda.

The CMU-R research agenda is well aligned with the energy agenda in Rwanda. The Government of Rwanda (GoR) launched a seven-year plan in 2011 to increase its current total generation capacity from under 100MW to over 1GW, with projects leveraging a variety of basic energy sources, including hydro, geothermal, solar, peat, and Rwanda’s unique resource of methane gas trapped in Lake Kivu. To address its energy challenges, the GoR has focused on the development of transmission and distribution infrastructure, including the deployment of a countrywide transmission system with integrated fiber optic cables for broadband data communications, and is now interested in understanding how to best leverage this infrastructure with smart grid technology.

CMU-R professors and master’s students will collaborate with faculty and students in Pittsburgh to address the challenge of interconnecting diverse energy sources and micro-grids into an increasingly reliable and robust national grid through effective smart-grid technologies.

The Scott Institute was created through a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott, president and founder of Delmar Systems, and his wife Joyce Bowie Scott. Using Carnegie Mellon’s expertise in integrated systems, problem-solving rigor, and an understanding of the intersection of energy and public policy, the work of the institute will concentrate on energy efficiencies, reliability, smart operations, materials and processes.The Scott Institute Seed grant aims to provide the foundation for pursuing future private and public funding for CMU-R research in the energy sector.

“We anticipate that, in addition to having a direct impact on the development of sustainable energy system in Rwanda, this project will open new directions for smart grid research that address the particular features and requirements of energy systems in the developing world. Furthermore, as Rwanda offers in many respects a `green field‘ for defining and exploring new ideas in energy and smart grid strategies, this project can lead to further opportunities for Scott Center researchers,” said professor Krogh.

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda is currently accepting applications for Master of Science in Information technology for the August 2013 intake and will begin offering the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2014.