NETL will develop four projects to protect the nation’s power grid and ensure reliable access to electricity.
Funding for the NETL work and other projects was allocated as part of the Grid Modernization Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to improve access to secure sources of energy now and in the future.
Project proposals were submitted as part of the 2019 Grid Modernization Lab Call. Nearly 90 projects were submitted for evaluation. Project winners, which were announced Thursday, Nov. 7, will share approximately $80 million to be used over three years.
“NETL is honored to be a partner to move these projects forward. Our projects and others selected for funding possess the potential to not only enhance the reliability and resiliency of our power grid, but they also represent a major step to strengthen our national security,” said Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D., director of NETL.
“These projects will ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the benefits of unprecedented energy abundance, delivered across the grid of the future” Anderson added.
The new funding allocations will expand on work started in 2016, with two major distinctions. First, the portfolio of projects emphasizes a fully integrated vision of the energy system, from fuel to generation to load, including interdependent infrastructures while focusing on bulk-power system impacts. Also, the winning projects are expected to show meaningful results in 18 months to two years.
NETL, which includes research sites in Pittsburgh, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Albany, Oregon, will work with public and private partners, as well as university researchers, to complete these four projects:
NETL develops and commercializes advanced technologies that provide reliable and affordable solutions to America’s energy challenges. NETL’s work supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.