GridBright to Leverage ARPA-E GRID DATA Repository to Support Integration of Solar

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Source: Smart Grid Observer

GridBright, Inc. recently announced that it is part of three of the thirteen projects selected for award negotiations by the DOE SunShot Initiative ENERGISE; a $30M program to support integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.

The three projects represent collaborations among a large number of leading-edge companies including several utilities, technology vendors, national labs, consulting companies, and universities. In all three projects, GridBright will perform the role of Project Data Curator to assist in data collection, conversion, integration, management, and publication. This includes hosting a secure data collaboration platform to facilitate data sharing among the project teams, and preserving research results as open source data and software in the GRID DATA Repository.

The GRID DATA Repository is a free electronic library of grid models and test data being developed by GridBright for the DOE Advanced Research Program Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), as part of the GRID DATA program to support research in grid optimization and modernization. The Repository organizes data from disparate utility industry sources, publications by the grid research community, and new grid models being created under the ARPA-E GRID DATA program. It is an important new tool for fostering stronger collaboration among many different industry stakeholders with interest in new algorithms for grid optimization, control, resiliency, and integration of renewable and distributed resources. For more information, visit BetterGrids.org.

'We are delighted to leverage the open source repository we have developed with ARPA-E funding to support three promising research projects that could add significant value to grid operators and customers,' said Ali Vojdani, GridBright CEO.

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners.

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