Zaini Alansari Defends Master’s Thesis on Off-Grid Photovoltaics and Energy Storage

Zaini Alansari, a recent graduate from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), has successfully defended his master’s thesis titled “Modeling Off-Grid Photovoltaics Integrated with Micro-Cogeneration and Electrical Energy Storage.” His research presents an innovative system that combines solar photovoltaics, micro-cogeneration, and electrical energy storage to achieve energy self-sufficiency, addressing the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions.

Reflecting on his journey at Penn, Alansari describes his experience as deeply enriching, highlighting the rigorous coursework and supportive faculty that motivated him to excel. A memorable highlight of his time was his thesis defense, a challenging endeavor that marked the culmination of months of hard work and dedication. “It was a challenging endeavor that required months of dedication and effort, but the feeling of accomplishment was truly unforgettable,” comments Alansari.

Alansari extends his heartfelt gratitude to his advisor, Igor Bargatin, for his invaluable guidance, and to his parents. “I am incredibly grateful to my parents for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout my personal journey.”

Looking ahead, Alansari is eager to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focusing on energy conversion and storage, driven by his passion for research and commitment to excellence.