Texas A&M University's campus in Doha launched the Smart Grid Center Qatar (SGC-Q) extension office recently with an event attended by local industry leaders. The center will "strive to become a reference point and a key player in the field of smart grid in the community and in the region, working toward ensuring energy security," the school said.
Specifically, SGC-Q plans to train engineering students and professionals throughout the region in general energy-related concepts and technology, as well as in smart grid-related information and communications infrastructure.
"The center will work to incorporate all efforts related to the field to build a platform for the smart infrastructure not only in the electricity grids but also for water, telecommunication and transportation as well," Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp (QEWC) President His Excellency Engineer Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari reportedly said at the event.
The center was part of the country's Qatar National Vision 2030 plan, which outlines environmentally-sustainable development.
"As a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Smart Grid Center works toward the goal of transforming the electrical grid infrastructure to meet the demands of the 21st century," Texas A&M Qatar Dean Mark Weichold said in prepared remarks. "The center's interdisciplinary team will work to make smart grid a reality in Qatar, as well as worldwide."
The Smart Grid Center's opening comes as QEWC is partnering with Spanish utility Iberdrola on a pilot project to integrate smart grid technology into the utility's networks (SGT, Dec-20). The utility signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar University where the school agreed to provide the utility with energy-efficiency expertise.
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