(Oct. 10th, 2011) --The UTSA Office of Research Development announced today that Hariharan Krishnaswami, UTSA assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; David Han, UTSA assistant professor of management science and statistics; and Hazem Rashed-Ali, UTSA assistant professor of architecture were awarded a $100,000 grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute for their research proposal, "Modeling Photo-Voltaic Systems with Spatial and Temporal Variability." The research will help utilities predict the impact of solar plant variability on the power grid, and it will help building designers accurately size building integrated photo-voltaic systems.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, Krishnaswami, Han and Rashed-Ali will investigate ways to help utility system planners and operators effectively prepare for the United States' future electrical grid needs. Specifically, the researchers will study how time, space and building design affect the efficient conversion of solar power (photo-voltaic systems) into electricity.
"The power output of a PV system is inherently variable and creates system instability," said Krishnaswami. The sources of variability come from many different uncorrelated and uncertain factors such as solar radiation measures, weather patterns, temperatures, air quality and geographical separation. A calculation of the system's output variability on any spatial and temporal resolution would provide utility system planners and operators better data to reliably operate the grid."
By 2030, the United States would like to see at least 20 percent of its electricity come from distributed and renewable energy sources.
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The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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