The U.S. government will pay you to develop synchrophasor applications
By: SGN Staff
Quick Take: As part of its stimulus funding, the U.S. government subsidized the installation of at least 1,000 phasor measurement units (PMUs) across the U.S. transmission grid. Now it wants to create value from all the data that's pouring in from those devices. In particular, it wants apps that increase visibility, reliability and resiliency.
It has released a "funding opportunity announcement" (FOA) that gives details on the $9 million in cost-sharing funds available.- By Jesse Berst
DOE announces funding to provide better visibility into the health of the nationâ€™s electric grid
WASHINGTON â€“ As part of the Administrationâ€™s commitment to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nationâ€™s electric grid, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response to abnormal grid conditions. As a result, utilities will be able to better detect and head off potential blackouts, while improving day-to-day grid reliability and helping with the integration of clean renewable sources of energy onto the grid.
â€œOur priority is to develop a clearer understanding of the health of the grid and to drive partnerships and collaboration with application developers and the utility industry,â€ said Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman. â€œIntegrating data from sensors on the transmission system into utilitiesâ€™ analysis tools will help utilities gain better visibility into conditions affecting the reliability of the grid.â€
The â€œPre-Commercial Synchrophasor Research and Demonstrationâ€ Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) targets teams comprised of utilities and software developers to develop and implement advanced software which would improve the operational reliability of the grid. This FOA builds on investments made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Actâ€™s Smart Grid Investment Grant and Smart Grid Demonstration Grants that have installed more than 1,000 synchrophasor measurement units (PMUs) across the United States. These advanced devices use high-speed digital recorders to sample grid conditions 100 times faster than todayâ€™s monitoring technology. The resulting data improves situational awareness of grid conditions and promotes real-time wide-area visibility.
The â€œPre-Commercial Synchrophasor Research and Demonstrationâ€ FOA, which is available at Grants.gov and FedConnect.net, provides additional information, including cost-sharing requirements for government-industry cooperation. The deadline for submitting applications is November 5, 2013.
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