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- NYSERDA said up to $3 million per project is available for individual or team vendors offering to investigate, develop or demonstrate innovative technologies that support modern transmission and distribution.
- The Smart Grid program has awarded about $57 million through 100 contracts to grid technology companies and research organizations for projects.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced an additional $30 million in funding under the third round of the Future Grid Challenge for projects that identify solutions to technical challenges in the integration of renewable resources into the electricity grid.
NYSERDA’s official statement indicates that up to $3 million per project is available to individual or team vendors offering to investigate, develop or demonstrate innovative technologies that support modern transmission and distribution. These efforts support the national goal of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) to achieve 70% renewable electricity by 2030.
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “With the release of this latest round of the Future Grid Challenge, we seek to support critical technology solutions that will enable the power grid to continue to handle growing amounts renewable energy. ”
He added that investments in innovation are investments in a network of the future that integrates clean energy and enables dynamic management and operation to ensure resilient and reliable transmission and distribution.
NYSERDA’s statement mentioned that the technology challenge aims to address high-priority grid technologies that would include power flow control devices, energy storage for transmission and distribution services, tools to improve the operator situational awareness, transformer monitoring, advanced high temperature and low sag conductors. , compact tower design, distribution energy management systems (DERMS) and grid impacts of the offshore wind interconnector.
Rory M. Christian, CEO of the Department of Public Service, said, “Supporting the development of new technologies is critically important as we aggressively address the need to create a clean energy grid. The new technology that will be created will help ensure the reliability of the transmission and distribution system, while accelerating the integration of renewable energy that will help New York State achieve its key national climate goals.
The grid of the future challenge
Since 2016, NYSERDA’s Smart Grid program has awarded nearly $57 million across 100 contracts to grid technology companies as well as research organizations for projects that include low-cost grid sensors and precision, modeling and simulation tools and advanced engineering solutions for the integration of renewable energy resources.
NYSERDA said the challenge provides funding to network technology companies and research institutes that address challenges ranging from the need for more real-time system data to integrating smart and energy storage technologies into the power grid planning and operation.
Challenges are developed in partnership with members of the Joint Utilities of New York Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid, New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Orange & Rockland to fit sources of renewable energies and understand their impact on transmission and distribution networks. Together, these utilities provide electric service to more than 13 million homes, businesses and government facilities across the state.