Funding Opportunity: ARPA-E Releases Funding Opportunity for Grid Modernization
The Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the development of electric grid modernization algorithms. The $5 million grant aims to help develop ways to solve the security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem. Each award will be worth up to $250,000. Specifically, current grid software is designed for systems based on conventional power generation and transmission. As distributed energy resources (DER) such as wind and solar become more widely used, there is a need to reengineer grid software to increase its security and efficiency. This FOA shows a commitment by Secretary of Energy Perry to pursue an all of the above energy strategy, including increased integration and penetration of renewable energy sources in electricity generation.
Areas of interest for this FOA include:
- Optimal utilization of conventional and emerging grid technologies;
- Management of dynamic operations of the grid (including extreme event response and restoration); and
- Management of millions of emerging distributed energy resources.
Awardees of this grant will be required to participate in the first challenge of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. This competition, which begins in Fall 2018, consists of a series of challenges to develop “new software solutions for tomorrow’s electric grid.” It is important to note though that interested applicants for the GO Competition do not need to pursue this opportunity to be eligible for the first challenge, but it is highly encouraged. After each GO challenge, there will be a “Final Event” in which applicants will be evaluated on the performance, efficiency, and speed of their solutions. More information about the GO Competition can be found here. Questions about the funding opportunity may be submitted to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.
Eligibility: This opportunity is open to universities, national laboratories, individuals, and industry.
Due Dates: Full applications are due at 9:30 a.m. ET on September 7, 2018. Questions are due at 5:00 p.m. ET on August 28, 2018.
See full funding opportunity here.