Recently graduated BSc. students Mr. Abdelrahman Amer, Mr. Seif Elgazar, and Ms. Nabila ElBeheiry presented their paper entitled “A Techno-Economic Study of Rooftop Grid-Connected Photovoltaic-Energy Storage Systems in Qatar” at the 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), held virtually from June 15 to August 21st, 2020.

Their paper investigated techniques for optimal sizing of the photovoltaic and energy storage components for a residential-based hybrid system in Qatar. They added innovative techniques including load modulation which subtly reduced energy consumption during times of excessive storage depleted to ensure that the most critical loads remained serviced. This was show to further minimize overall system costs. The result of this study presents the implementation steps of an economically feasible PV-ESS grid-connected system in the State of Qatar. The significance of these results is to portray techniques that can be used to set energy policies in the State of Qatar. Dr. Morcos Metry, a PostDoc in the REAPERlab, and Ms. Sawsan Shukri, a staff research assistant, assisted in mentoring the team.