Energy policy research group

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Energy issues are particularly complex, and cross multiple fields of knowledge. In Professor Cross' Laboratory, a small group of motivated students with various backgrounds are the "Energy Policy" group, which contributes at its scale and in different ways to provide energy solutions to the challenges currently faced by society. Their respective research activities are briefly described below:


Development of community microgrid in urban residential area: Case study of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Tumurbaatar Uyanga, Energy Course M1 student, IGPC

Electrical power microgrids (see fig.) have been mainly seen as a solution for rural electrification integrating more renewable energy, and offering reliable power supply, however, in recent years, it’s getting more attention in urban areas as well. Especially, in cities in developing country, various issues are entangled with energy issue, such as energy security, diversification, environmental and social problems etc. In this research, the microgrid development will be studied as an alternative solution to tackle various issues in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Having rich renewable energy resource, Mongolian energy system is heavily dependent coal which causes

deadly air pollution yet imports 20% of electricity demand from Russia. Also, both the generation and

transmission facility are exceeded their lifespan, thus requiring system upgrade in near future, to supply

reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity and heat to its increasing population. Through this research,

the appropriate technology combination suited for local demand characteristics will be evaluated using

Homer Pro software simulation and will be compared to previous projects done by the government in terms

of economic and environmental impact. See fig. below source: Microgrid, Source: Enova Energy