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Energy Dept Awards $11M to 7 Power Grid Efficiency Research Projects

transmission tower against the sun during sunsetThe Energy Department has chosen seven project teams to receive a combined $11 million in federal funds to build simulation models and data hubs that can help DOE manage efficiency of the U.S. power grid system.

DOE said Friday the projects aim to address limitations of current algorithms for power transmission and distribution through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy‘s Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms initiative.

“Developing new power system models will help to move our nation towards a more reliable, safe and secure grid of the future,” said Ellen Williams, ARPA-E director.

Five awardees under the GRID DATA program will focus on creating simulation tools in order to facilitate development and assessment of electric system modernization and control algorithms.

They will also collaborate with utilities or independent system operators to formulate open-access power system models, DOE noted.

The two remaining teams aim to build publicly available interactive repositories for power system models.

Click here to view the department’s full list of GRID DATA awardees and their projects.

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