DOE Solar and Wind Grid and Reliability Demonstration. Concept Papers due 9/15. $29M Available.
Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration
On August 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) announced the Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration funding opportunity, which will award $26 million in funding for projects that demonstrate the reliable operation of a power system that has up to 100% of its power contribution coming from solar, wind, and battery storage resources.
Grid services, which largely involves maintaining the voltage and frequency stability, are critical to maintain reliability. Because new wind and solar generation are interfaced with the grid through power electronic inverters, they have different characteristics and dynamics than traditional sources of generation that currently supply these services. Demonstrating that a grid fully powered by inverter-based resources is as reliable or more reliable at providing these services is a key barrier to the clean energy transition.
Projects in this funding opportunity will support the development of controls and methods for inverter-based resources like solar and wind to provide the same grid services as traditional generation. The research activities resulting from this funding opportunity will help increase the reliability of energy systems, which will help meet the Biden administration’s goals for achieving a decarbonized electricity sector by 2035.
Domestic Entities (institutions of a higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, and state/local governmental entities, and tribal nations), Foreign Entities, Incorporated Consortia, and Unincorporated Consortia.
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Concept Papers are due September 15, 2022
Full Applications are due November 17, 2022
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