Macau | University of Macau providing solar-generated electricity to the city's energy grid

A research group from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Macau managed to install a solar power electricity generator on the rooftop of one of its buildings and connect it with the city's electricity distribution network

Macau (MNA) – The University of Macau (UM) announced this Friday it is selling solar energy-generated electricity to the Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM).

The university said its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the UM Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) has installed a 2.9kW grid-connected PV system on the rooftop of its FST building.

The system converts and supplies solar-generated energy to the city’s utility electricity distribution network, with the institution adding it is the first on the Macau SAR’s public sector to have ‘satisfied all relevant regulatory requirements.’

Dai Ningyi, an Associate Professor at the FST Department, acted as the head of the research team that installed the system, with the group having developed a patent for a low-cost capacity coupling inverter for use in PV systems, which has already been patented in mainland China.

An on-grid 200kW is also to be installed in another faculty’s building, with both systems to be connected to the low-voltage electricity distribution network, with a future high-voltage connection being planned.

The data collected from the system will be used for research and teaching purposes with the systems’ implementation funded by the Science and Technology Development Fund.

UM stated that several of its building rooftops are designed to cater for installation of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation systems in order to support the productions of sustainable ‘green’ energy production.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]