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Professor Zhao won a $4.4M DOE Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) project

Professor Junbo Zhao and his team won a $4.4M DOE Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) project:

Project Name: Proactive: Predictive Community Outage Preparedness and Active Last Mile Visibility Feedback Autonomous Restoration
Location: Storrs, CT
DOE Award Amount: $3 million
Awardee Cost Share: $1.4 million
Principal Investigator: Junbo Zhao
Project Description: With the collaborative effort among state government, utility companies, communities, industry, and universities, this project proposes to develop and demonstrate a predictive community outage preparedness and active last mile visibility feedback autonomous restoration solution, termed PROACTIVE, to achieve community resiliency with PVs and other distributed energy resources (DERs). PROACTIVE will transform traditional manual and time-consuming grid restoration into two-layer outage prediction preparedness and real-time robust grid visibility informed optimal and autonomous and fast restoration processes. The team will closely work with community stakeholders throughout the project to design and demonstrate the PROACTIVE technologies at Hartford and West Hartford communities in Connecticut serviced by Eversource Energy distribution feeders.

Project Team:

  • National Renewable Energy Lab
  • CableLabs
  • Utilidata, Inc.
  • City of Hartford
  • West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Eversource Energy

Stakeholders and Industry Advisors:

  • Connecticut Green Bank
  • IBM
  • Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
  • ETAP 
  • NEC Laboratories America, Inc.
  • Travelers
  • Electric Power Research Institute-EPRI

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) is a $33 million funding program supporting projects that enable communities to use solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events, and to rapidly restore electricity if it goes down. More information about the selected projects can be found here.

Published: November 8, 2022

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