Department of Energy to invest $7.5 million in development of next generation of transformers
The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced its intention to invest up to $7.5 million to support the research and development of projects that will lead to the next generation of power transformers.
The investment is intended to strengthen the resilience of the national grid and comes through the Office of Electricity’s Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) Program and Resilient Distribution Systems (RDS) Program.
The projects selected for funding will be regarding transformers that can be shared and replaced more easily in the event of a failure, are smarter with embedded sensors and analytics, and are more secure to cyber-physical threats.
The ultimate goal is the production of large power transformers (LPT) that are more flexible, adaptable, and secure, thereby strengthening the national power grid.
“A resilient, reliable, and secure power grid is vital to the Nation’s security, economy, and the services that American communities and businesses depend on every day,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes. “Creating the next generation of these critical grid components will help ensure the Nation’s critical energy infrastructure is secure and able to recover rapidly when disruptions occur.”
Source. DoE Press Release
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