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DOE Picks 12 Teams for $33M Electric Grid Control System Development Program

power gridThe Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $33 million in funds to 12 project teams to develop control systems that will work to coordinate electric load and distributed energy resources on the power grid.

DOE said Friday the projects are part of ARPA-E’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems initiative that seeks to build a virtual energy storage platform that will work to manage fluctuations in renewable power generation.

ARPA-E aims to improve the “resiliency, security and flexibility” of the U.S. power grid and leverage the use of renewable energy resources through the NODES program, said ARPA-E Director Ellen Williams.

Awardees and their respective funds are listed below:

  • Arizona State University – $3 million
  • DNV GL – $2.15 million
  • Eaton Corp. – $3.3 million
  • General Electric Global Research – $3.9 million
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory – $3.9 million
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – $1.3 million
  • Northwestern University – $2.7 million
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – $2.7 million
  • University of Minnesota – $2.95 million
  • Stanford University – $3.5 million
  • University of California San Diego – $2.3 million
  • University of Vermont – $1.5 million

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