The goal of QEERI’s Smart Grid Portfolio is to develop advanced power systems that integrate solar energy to address Qatar’s electricity needs in a sustainable fashion. This objective is facilitated though the creation of software and hardware solutions that ensure secure integration of solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems into the national electricity network. The team are also working on the development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform that maps and forecasts solar resources in Qatar to support the management of PV applications. Another key area is the management of electricity demand, which focuses on the analysis of electricity consumption data to develop response solutions that maximize energy efficiency while maintaining customer satisfaction.
Advanced Power Systems Pillar is developing best practices and solutions for the development, management and control of grid-connected and islanded microgrids, and the active management of the ensuing distribution network. Microgrids are local energy power systems that integrate renewable energy generation, energy storage, and demand response mechanisms. Active management of the distribution network supports greater and more reliable penetration of distributed energy generation. These advancements provide system operators, policymakers and other stakeholders with innovative tools that enable the creation and management of federated microgrids to lay out the future of Qatar’s power network. A concomitant goal is the demonstration of the technical and economic benefits of off-grid and grid-connected microgrids in Qatar.
Solar Resource Mapping & Forecasting Pillar is creating a platform for Qatar that combines GIS and Artificial Intelligence tools and methods with ground and satellite solar monitoring equipment to assess the distribution of solar resources in time and space. Such a platform supports the financing, development, management and operation of solar energy applications including utility scale power plants and building integrated PV systems.
Demand-side Management Pillar focuses on monitoring, collecting, and analyzing electricity consumption data for the development of demand response mechanisms aimed at making energy usage more efficient without lowering consumer satisfaction. These activities support the design and optimal planning of advanced power systems.
QEERI is assisting QP, QEWC, and KM in the development of the 200MW Siraj Solar Plant plan, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
QEERI is collaborating with KAHRAMAA metering unit to develop an advanced metering infrastructure in the Education City Community Housing compound.
QEERI is collaborating with KAHRAMAA System Control Department develop methods, best practices and tools to manage the integration of solar energy into Qatar’s power grid.
QEERI and QMD are collaborating in the installation and management of a network of 13 solar monitoring stations covering the Qatari territory.
QEERI and EPFL are working on developing