The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six new solar energy storage projects.
The integrated photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage projects will utilize internet capable inverters and will work in conjunction with utility communication and control systems, smart buildings and smart appliances. The projects are either led by a utility or include a utility as a key partner, and the teams will conduct at least a one-year field demonstration of their technologies.
The projects are also part of the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative.
The projects awarded are:
- Austin Energy will receive $4.3 million to create a distributed energy resource management platform adaptable to any region and market structure.
- Carnegie Mellon University will receive $1 million to develop and demonstrate a distributed, agent-based control system to integrate smart inverters, energy storage and commercial off-the-shelf home automation controllers and smart thermostats.
- Commonwealth Edison Co. will receive $4 million to utilize smart inverters for solar PV and battery storage systems.
- The Electric Power Research Institute will receive $3.1 million to work with five utilities to design, develop, and demonstrate technology for end-to-end grid integration of energy storage and load management with PV generation.
- Fraunhofer USA will receive $3.5 million to develop and demonstrate a scalable, integrated PV, storage and facility load management solution through the SunDial Global Scheduler system.
- The Hawaiian Electric Co. will receive $2.4 million to show the system-level benefits of enhanced utility visibility and control of the distribution system by enabling the proliferation of distributed renewable energy technologies.