GridBright Inc., grid management specialist of the utility industry, says that it is part of three of the 13 projects selected for award negotiations by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative ENERGISE, a $30 million program to support integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.
According to GridBright, the three projects represent collaborations among a large number of companies, including several utilities, technology vendors, national labs, consulting companies and universities.
In all three projects, GridBright will perform the role of project data curator to assist in data collection, conversion, integration, management and publication. This includes hosting a secure data collaboration platform to facilitate data sharing among the project teams and preserving research results as open source data and software in the GRID DATA Repository.
As reported, the GRID DATA Repository is a free electronic library of grid models and test data being developed by GridBright for the DOE Advanced Research Program Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), as part of the GRID DATA program to support research in grid optimization and modernization. The Repository organizes data from disparate utility industry sources, publications by the grid research community, and new grid models being created under the ARPA-E GRID DATA program.
GridBright says this is an important new tool for fostering stronger collaboration among many different industry stakeholders with interest in new algorithms for grid optimization, control, resiliency and integration of renewable and distributed resources.
“We are delighted to leverage the open source repository we have developed with ARPA-E funding to support three promising research projects that could add significant value to grid operators and customers,” says Ali Vojdani, GridBright’s CEO.