DOE investing in development of resilient large power transformers

USA, Washington DC: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity has released a $7.5 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to spur the innovative design of large power transformers that will be more flexible and adaptable, thereby increasing the resilience of the Nation’s power grid, DOE announced in the press release.

Under this FOA, the Office of Electricity’s Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) Program will seek applications to conduct research and development leading to transformers that can be shared and replaced more easily in the event of a failure as well as increase its cyber-physical security.

This FOA is intended to stimulate new designs that are more flexible and adaptable. Prototypes developed under this FOA must be able to demonstrate high efficiency, variable/controllable impedance, and the ability to accommodate a range of high-side and low-side voltages.

Projects are expected to involve hardware development, testing and model validation, and modeling and analysis to evaluate the performance and economics of proposed designs.

The due date for submitting an application is July 25, 2018.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy