USA, Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced awards of up to $7.5 million to support the research and development of innovative designs and prototypes of large power transformers that are more flexible, adaptable, and secure, and will thereby increase the resilience of the grid.
The selected projects will develop the next generation of transformers that can be shared and replaced more easily in the event of a failure, which are smarter with embedded sensors and analytics, and are more secure to cyber-physical threats, DOE said in the statement.
The funding will be provided through the Office of Electricity’s Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) Program and Resilient Distribution Systems (RDS) Program.
A detailed list of the four projects selected for awards is available here. Final award amounts are subject to negotiation, the statement said.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy