Today, the Plugged In writing desk is pleased to announce that Robert Fares will be joining the discussion here on Plugged In for the next few months as a regular contributor. He has been a frequent guest writer and participated in a live twitter discussion with the blog in October 2013 (see below).
Robert comes from a deep energy background, having grown up in Saudi Arabia in a planned residential community operated by Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, studying Mechanical Engineering and English Composition. During undergraduate, he realized his passion for solving complex engineering challenges in energy and communicating his findings in a way that people can understand.
Robert is currently in the final year of his PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In his research, he investigates the cost-benefit tradeoffs of grid-based energy storage. Furthermore, Robert looks at how certain storage technologies could participate in the Texas electricity market by supplying multiple energy and power services over time.
You can follow Robert on Twitter @RobertFares
To see Robert's previous guest posts on Plugged In, see:
- Vanadium Flow Batteries Could Become a Cost Effective Solution for Balancing Texas' Power Grid
- House Cuts Clean Energy Funding, Dragging Down An Entire Community Of American Innovators
- Now is Not the Time to Gut Funding for Innovative Energy Research
- Could Disposable Coffee Pods Help Stem Climate Change?
- Towards a Distributed, Intelligent Electric Grid
- Could Transformer-level Batteries Shield the Grid from the Next Super Storm?
- The Value of Short-term Energy Storage for Renewable Energy
- Can we store electricity to transform the grid?