Aneesha Manocha ’23

Major

Electrical Engineering

Project Title

Power System Modeling and Post-Processing Analysis

Certificate(s): Environmental Studies, Sustainable Energy

I conducted research in the Zero-carbon Energy Systems Research and Optimization Laboratory (ZERO Lab) analyzing India’s power systems. The urgency of decarbonizing global energy systems to reach net-zero emissions means there is a need to characterize India’s energy systems. I focused on the northern India state of Rajasthan due to the potential of renewable-energy deployment. I spent my summer gathering and processing data on the Indian power sector and running various power-system analyses for Rajasthan using the GenX model. GenX is a highly configurable capacity-expansion model developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton for analyzing future energy scenarios. I had the opportunity to learn about macro-energy system models and optimization methods, the necessary variables to consider in formulating energy and power systems, and how the power system in India differs from that in the United States. This internship was invaluable in influencing my future career plans. I will continue my research in this area through the academic year by taking more courses in energy systems, and hopefully attending graduate school.



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future

Organization(s)

ZERO Lab, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Mentor(s)

Jesse Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Neha Patankar, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment