NYSERDA Provides Tech Challenge Funding for Renewable Energy Integration

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making $30 million in funding obtainable for the third spherical of the Future Grid Challenge for tasks that establish options to the technical challenges of integrating renewable sources into the electrical grid. Up to $3 million per challenge is offered for single or workforce suppliers that suggest to check, develop or exhibit modern applied sciences that assist fashionable transmission and distribution. These efforts assist New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) objective to attain 70% renewable electrical energy by 2030.

“With the release of this latest round of the Future Grid Challenge, we are seeking to support critical technology solutions that will allow the electric grid to continue to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy,” says Doreen M. Harris, NYSERDA’s president and CEO. “Investments in innovation are investments in a grid of the future that incorporates clean energy and allows for dynamic management and operation to ensure resilient and reliable transmission and distribution, even when factoring in the impacts of climate change.”

NYSERDA is in search of proposals that assist implementing superior applied sciences that may play an important position in guaranteeing reliability of the transmission and distribution system, lowering value, and permitting for sooner integration of renewables, whereas serving to the state to satisfy its bold local weather targets. This problem seeks to handle high-priority grid applied sciences together with power circulate management units; energy storage for transmission and distribution companies; instruments for enhancing operator situational consciousness; transformer monitoring; superior high-temperature, low sag conductors; compact tower design; distribution energy administration programs; and grid impacts from offshore wind interconnection.

Solicitation proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. on November 2, 2022.

“Supporting the development of new technology is critically important as we deal aggressively with the need to create a clean energy grid,” feedback Rory M. Christian, CEO of the Department of Public Service. “The new technology that will be created will help ensure transmission and distribution system reliability, while speeding integration of renewables that will assist New York in meeting its nation-leading climate goals.” 

The Future Grid Challenge is a part of NYSERDA’s Smart Grid Program included within the State’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) Grid Modernization Program, which is offering a complete of $110 million by 2026 to additional analysis, develop and supply funding for modern options that assist the development of a wise, modernized electrical grid, take away obstacles and allow the utility investments mandatory for full deployment at scale of superior applied sciences for the power grid. Since 2016, NYSERDA’s Smart Grid program has awarded roughly $57 million underneath 100 contracts to grid expertise firms and analysis organizations for tasks together with low-cost, high-accuracy grid sensors, modeling and simulation instruments, and superior engineering options for more practical integration of renewable energy sources.

Administered by NYSERDA, the Future Grid Challenge presents funding to grid expertise firms and analysis establishments that tackle challenges starting from the necessity for higher real-time system knowledge to incorporating sensible applied sciences and energy storage into power grid planning and operations. Challenges are developed in partnership with the Joint Utilities of New York members Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid, New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Orange & Rockland to accommodate renewable energy sources and understanding their affect on the transmission and distribution programs. Together, these utilities present electrical service to over 13 million households, companies, and authorities amenities throughout the state.

Image: “Solar Panel” by redplanet89 is licensed underneath CC BY 2.0

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