Henri Francois

Computer Science and Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abigail Mechtenberg

Empowering Haitians to Power Haiti: Restoring Energy Production Capacity to Haiti: Energy Generation Systems and Microgrid Optimization

Building on my past research, the project for the summer of 2019 is an attempt at the reproduction of the E3 curriculum designed by Dr. Abigail Mechtenberg and her associates (and which was first implemented in Uganda) in Port-au-Prince with a new energy team. Beyond implementing the E3 curriculum, I will be looking at data from the current project in Uganda to algorithmically to determine, based on Hinche and Port-au-Prince’s specific geographical situations, an optimal all renewable energy mini grid. Specifically, international organizations designed and installed an all solar panel powered electricity system for the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais which is failing their patients.

My research will attempt to build on the findings of Z. Huang et al. who developed a novel method of minimizing the transmission loss in an energy grid based on the energy generated by different nodes in a system, and the distances separating these nodes, as
within a graph.

Based on this description, the main objectives can be described as follows: first, to implement the E3 curriculum in Port-au-Prince (in the context of which it will need to be adjusted), and second, to develop an algorithm or a set of algorithms to determine the optimal configuration(s) for a renewable energy microgrid based on the area’s particular characteristics.