Wenyu Ma

Wenyu  Ma
MIT MechE | Lincoln Labs Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Anuradha Annaswamy
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Research: Energy
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Impact of Renewable Generation on Natural Gas Infrastructure for Power Generation

abstract:With increased renewable energy generation, natural gas power plants have become key players due to their relatively low fuel costs and ability to ramp in response to changes in wind and solar resources. This focus of this project is to develop computational models that will evaluate the impact of increased renewable adoption on New England’s coupled electric-natural gas system. I will examine whether the current natural gas infrastructure is appropriately sized and operated to fulfill shortfalls in renewable generation. Both physical and economic system domains will be studied, with a focus on developing recommendations to more efficiently manage the joint electricity-natural gas system and accommodate the growth of renewable generation.

I hope to gain experience in modeling and optimizing energy systems. I hope to apply my knowledge on energy economics from Energy Economics and Policy class, on the electric grid from Fundamentals of Smart and Resilient Grids class, and on modeling physical systems from previous UROPs and internship to gain insights on how one form of energy generation affect other electric generation plants and infrastructures.