My name is Ricardo Rangel (Substation Design Engineer). I pioneered an algorithm to design 100% renewable power systems, and I am on a mission to lead the transition toward sustainable energy. AMA!
My name is Ricardo Rangel. Over three years ago, I pioneered an algorithm to design Sustainable Energy Generation Systems (SEGSs) which are power systems supported by 100% renewable energy. I got the idea a few months prior to completing my MSEE from UCLA. Throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate study, I focused my research on renewable energy and read many papers on the topic. When I got the idea, I searched to see if a similar methodology had already been developed and found nothing. I was confident of my approach and attempted a startup on the idea upon graduating instead of pursuing employment opportunities. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure funding after six months, so I released my proprietary rights into the public domain, shared my algorithm on Github, and began seeking career opportunities.
Now, I am an employed substation design engineer for one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. However, I have not stopped working on my project. Renewable energy is my passion, and I am confident my research is the path toward 100% renewable energy. My algorithm solves the fundamental problem of quantifying how much renewable energy and how much energy storage is required for the power system to be self-sustainable.
My solution for sustainability can be summarized by these two statements:
- A SEGS is sustainable if the expected time-series stored energy values are non-negative for the lifecycle.
- The amount of storage required for a sustainable system is inversely related to the renewable energy capacity.
The most note-worthy conclusion from my work is the storage requirements are dramatically reduced with overgeneration which reduces the overall cost. From my analysis, the most cost-effective configuration will annually generate about twice as much energy than what is annually consumed. The extra energy can be used to power stand-by devices such as CO2 scrubbers or seawater desalination plants.
My conclusion that an inverse relationship between generation and storage exists is indisputable. I am on a mission to lead the effort toward 100% renewable energy at the national level. I am determined to commit my entire career toward this goal. Climate change and engineering the power system of the future is what drives my passion. However, in order to make a difference at the national level, I need to make a name for myself. I made a twitter account to have an influence. Please follow me @RangelRicardo_
Link to the fourth revision of paper I wrote on SEGSs. The paper was written for people with little to no knowledge of power systems.
Link to one of the earliest Reddit post of my work from March 2017.
Edit: I do not understand why my comments are being downvoted. My work involves quantifying how much renewable energy and storage is required for sustainability. Then, I analyze how the storage changes as the renewable energy increases. This is novel and absolutely essential to determine which configuration is optimal. I have asked the critics to provide references of prior work because I did not find any (besides the person that plagiarized). The critics have yet to provide a source.