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Smart Energy for the Smart Cities: UMCoE Associate Professor and the City of Coral Gables Receive 2018 Bloomberg Challenge Award

Coral Gables, and many other cities across South Florida, endure challenges during the aftermath of hurricanes and sub-tropical storms. Most recently, during hurricane Irma, Coral Gables lost power for days and many residents found themselves relying on a sole energy provider for power recovery, prompting the city to make significant efforts toward implementing renewable power sources.

Nurcin Celik, an associate professor in the University of Miami (UM) College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial Engineering and director of the Simulation and Optimization Research Laboratory (SimLab), submitted a joint proposal with the City of Coral Gables entitled “Smart Energy for the Smart Cities: the City of Coral Gables.” The proposal has been selected for funding by the 2018 Bloomberg Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face.

“We received hundreds of bold and creative ideas from cities around the country in response to the 2018 Mayors Challenge, and these 35 really stood out for their potential to improve people’s lives. The next six months are a great opportunity for the cities to test their ideas and make them even more innovative and effective,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Celik’s proposal will develop a smart energy management system to test a small-scale microgrid with renewable generation capabilities for increased critical infrastructure resilience during and after a hurricane or other disasters. The project is expected to help build Coral Gable’s critical infrastructure resilience and make the city less susceptible to power outages, allowing first responders to continue to provide critical services.

The project now advances to the six-month “Test, Learn and Adapt” phase of the competition, which the concept will be refined with the help of a $100K grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as well as personalized support from innovation experts. In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one city will receive a grand prize of $5 million.

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