We take the availability of power for granted in our modern urban lives. Many inhabited places on the planet are remote enough, though, that bringing grid power to them is impractical, if not impossible. One such location is the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, KBFSC, in the heart of the rain forests of Brunei. KBFSC is a biologist's paradise with the forests around it teeming with life. The power situation at KBFSC, however, is quite dismal. A diesel generator runs for a few hours a day, with diesel being hand carried in jerry cans by sea, land and river. IBM's goal is to improve the power availability at KBFSC while reducing the diesel fuel consumption. We aim to achieve this by building a micro-grid at KBFSC that fuses energy efficiency measures on the consumption side with optimization of energy sources on the supply side. This talk will discuss our approach, our experiences and highlight some early results.
Zainul is a researcher in the Smarter Energy group at IBM's India Research Lab.He graduated with a PhD from UCLA where he worked at the Networked and Embedded Systems Lab on energy efficient sampling and inferencing in wireless health and smart building technologies. Zainul is currently interested in building a system level framework for smart microgrids. Zainul is an IIT Bombay alumnus, having done his Masters in EE in 2002.