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Texas A&M Qatar signs NDA with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority

Published Jun 20, 2023

Texas A&M University at Qatar has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) to mark the beginning of a future collaboration.

Engineer Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, CEO of GCCIA, was joined by Texas A&M at Qatar Dean Dr. César Octavio Malavé in signing the NDA during a ceremony in the Texas A&M Building in Education City.

The NDA sets the commitment of both GCCIA and Texas A&M at Qatar to jointly explore and develop innovative solutions for accurate demand forecasting and modelling—a crucial aspect of effectively integrating renewable energy sources into the grid.

Under the leadership of Dr. Selma Awadallah, the Lead Principal Investigator, this research project will focus on enhancing the accuracy of demand forecasting and modelling methods, facilitating the seamless integration of renewable energy generation and overcoming grid stability and reliability concerns. By predicting energy demand patterns more accurately, utilities can optimize future reinforcement as well as grid operation, ensuring a smooth transition towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy system.

“Thanks to the partnership we are starting, Texas A&M at Qatar will be able to pursue translational research that will help secure the GCC’s power grid for the future,” said Dr. Malavé. “The data provided through this agreement will enable advancements in forecasting power demand while identifying ways to integrate renewable resources. This will enable vital infrastructure planning to accommodate growth in the decades ahead. This kind of impact is the essence of our goals for engineering research at Texas A&M at Qatar.”