- Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin
- Writer, Scientific American
- Associate Editor, Springer Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports
Robert Fares comes from a diverse background with a firm connection to energy. He was born to a Lebanese father and an American mother in Calgary, Canada, where he lived until the age of three. Since then, his family has lived in Saudi Arabia in a planned residential community operated by Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers.
Robert moved from Saudi Arabia to the United States in 2003 to attend boarding school in Virginia. In 2006, Robert began his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and English Composition. At Washington University, Robert developed a keen passion for solving complex engineering challenges relating to energy. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2010 and decided to attend The University of Texas at Austin to continue his study of the global energy system, energy engineering and the policy challenges associated with anthropogenic climate change.
Dr. Robert L. Fares is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds a joint research appointment at the Energy Institute and the Webber Energy Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research focuses on modeling and operational management of grid-connected battery energy storage systems, and the economic and environmental tradeoffs associated with wider use of grid energy storage. He also studies electricity distribution system economics and evolving consumer-producer dynamics in electricity markets as part of a university-wide research initiative analyzing the “full cost of electricity” (including externalities) under various future resource and policy scenarios.
In addition to his research appointment at the University of Texas at Austin, Fares is also a writer for the Scientific American blog “Plugged In,” and the Associate Editor of the Springer journal Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports. Fares has authored eight peer-reviewed technical articles and over 30 general interest articles.
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- The Impacts of Storing Solar Energy in the Home to Reduce Reliance on the Utility
- Dynamic Modeling of Community Energy Storage for Lifetime Estimation during Islanding
- A Flexible Model for Economic Operational Management of Grid Battery Energy Storage
- Combining a Dynamic Battery Model with High-resolution Smart Grid Data to Assess Microgrid Islanding Lifetime
- Experimental and data collection methods for a large-scale smart grid deployment: Methods and first results
- A dynamic model-based estimate of the potential value of a vanadium redox flow battery for energy arbitrage and frequency regulation in Texas
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin, August 2015
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin, August 2012
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis, May 2010
Magna Cum Laude
Thrust 2000 – Carroll H. Dunn Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Engineering
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
General Interest Articles
Since June 2014, Robert has written as a blogger for Scientific American’s energy blog Plugged In. View Robert’s author profile here.
Previous Plugged In guest blog posts:
- Vanadium Flow Batteries Could Become a Cost Effective Solution for Balancing Texas’ Power Grid
- House Cuts Clean Energy Funding, Dragging Down An Entire Community Of American Innovators
- Now is Not the Time to Gut Funding for Innovative Energy Research
- Could Disposable Coffee Pods Help Stem Climate Change?
- Towards a Distributed, Intelligent Electric Grid
- Could Transformer-level Batteries Shield the Grid from the Next Super Storm?
- The Value of Short-term Energy Storage for Renewable Energy
- Can we store electricity to transform the grid?