Marija Ilic talks about the Future of Renewable Energy in Portugal
Extended interview with Marija Ilic, senior researcher at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a smart energy grids specialist, who defends that governments should not define goals for renewable energy production before knowing, in detail, the consumer’s needs. As a CMU researcher, she led with Marcelino Ferreira, from IST-UL, the DyMonDS project (Distribution of Intelligent Systems in Monitoring and Decision Dynamics), carried out under the CMU Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).
The Toward Dynamic Monitoring and Decision (DYMONDS)-Based Smart Distribution Systems project was lead on the Portuguese side by Luis Marcelino Ferreira (IST-UL), Pedro Carvalho (IST/UL), and João Peças Lopes (FEUP/INESC Porto), and on the CMU side by Marija Ilic. The project involved research teams from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto (INESC TEC), Centro para a Inovação em Engenharia Electrotécnica e Energia (CIEEE), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in partnership with EDP, EPRI e LOGICA.
“Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services: The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands” is a monograph on sustainable energy that introduces “a first-of-its-kind proof of concept that it is, indeed, possible to utilize very diverse resources in alignment with customers’ preferences while meeting pre-specified societal goals,” as stated by the co-authors Marija Ilic, Le Xie and Qixing Liu. This work provides an overview of the Green Islands (MIT Portugal) and DYMONDS (CMU Portugal) projects, and demonstrates its concepts by simulating electric power systems in two islands in the Azores archipelago, Flores and São Miguel, in Portugal.