The Department of Energy is obligating up to $75M to finance four research and development efforts for more resilient large power transformers.
The DOE said Wednesday these projects aim to produce sensor-equipped transformers with boosted flexibility, analytical performance and security under the Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components and Resilient Distribution Systems programs.
The department seeks interchangeable large power transformers to increase the resiliency of the country's energy grid.
“Creating the next generation of these critical grid components will help ensure the nation’s critical energy infrastructure is secure and able to recover rapidly when disruptions occur," said Mark Menezes, undersecretary of energy.
Recipients of the R&D funds include Georgia Tech Research, The University of Texas at Austin, NextWatt and General Electric.
Details on their respective projects can be found here.