The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says $25 million in funding is available through the Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) effort as part of its ongoing attempts to modernize the U.S.’ energy grid under the Grid Modernization Initiative.
ENERGISE seeks to develop software and hardware platforms for utility distribution, system planning and operations that integrate sensing, communication and data analytics. According to the DOE, these hardware and software solutions will help utilities manage solar and other distributed energy resources on the grid and will be data-driven, easily scaled-up from prototypes, and capable of real-time monitoring and control.
The DOE says the expected 10 to 15 solutions developed with this new funding will be field tested by utilities to demonstrate their performance and value in real-world environments. The program builds upon research in systems integration technologies that support the deployment of solar energy while maintaining the reliability of the electricity grid.
The SunShot Initiative, managed by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will oversee the projects associated with the funding program.
“Our ongoing grid modernization work will help accelerate the widespread adoption of the clean energy resources that will define our low-carbon future,” says Energy Department Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “This funding will help that mission by supporting industry partners working to integrate, store and deploy solar energy throughout our electric grid.”