MG FARM: New weather station and partners collaborative work pave the way for research progress

MG FARM: New weather station and partners collaborative work pave the way for research progress

MG FARM: New weather station and partners collaborative work pave the way for research progress

MG FARM aims to develop intelligent micro-grids based on renewable energy production in order to support the sustainable development agriculture, through a balanced approach combining research, demonstration and technology transfer. To do so, the project’s main objective is to adapt the microgrid system to modern and sustainable agricultural practices, such as pumping, irrigating, and cooling. The project also aims to optimize the process of generating, distributing, and storing electricity and water by identifying further renewable energy and water sources and utilizing reservoirs and cooling chambers for storage.

MG FARM is making progress towards those objectives, with the installation of a weather station at Université de Lorraine’s GREEN Lab in Nancy, France in February 2023. The data gathered by the weather station is stored in an open database (see figure below). The GREEN lab also received a DFIG (Double Fed Induction Generator) bench and will interface it with inverters and power drive in order to study the wind turbine emulator and power injection in the grid.

Monthly capture of March 2023 data

German partners from MicroEnergy International GmbH (MEI) visited the Algerian partners, from the University of Tlemcen. The visit started with a meeting in the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Tlemcen (LAT) premises with the objective of taking stock of the activities carried out to date and to do in the near future. Then, the teachers members of the LAT presented some of the work carried out in the laboratory. The second day was devoted to the visit of the Belaidouni pilot farm (GVAPRO Group), also a partner of the MG-FARM project, located in El Fehoul, commune of Ain Youcef, in the presence of Mr Ferouani Ahmed, director of the farm.

Visit of German partner MEI to Algerian partner Univ. Tlemcen, in the target farms near Tlemcen where the microgrid technology will be implemented

The project also continues its progress by welcoming its first PhD student, Brahim Beldjilali, who started his thesis. He will be sharing his time equally between University of Lorraine and University of Tlemcen. He is co-supervised by professors of each team, notably by Pr. N. Takorabet, Dr. L. Baghli and Dr. J.P. Martin.

The LEAP-RE consortium gathers 83 African and European partners covering a wide range of sectors: education/research, private sector, policy and funding. Together, they are building a long-term partnership of African and European stakeholders committed to fostering research and innovation for the development of renewable energy.

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