November 16 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) said Thursday 40 research and development projects by some of the country’s “top energy innovators” will get USD 98 million (EUR 86.5m) in funding.
The list includes many renewables and energy storage technology projects, as well as research and development work in the field of fusion power, cooling for power electronics and low-carbon transportation.The funds come under the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) latest open funding opportunity, known as OPEN 2018.
Aquanis Inc is getting over USD 3.5 million to develop advanced plasma actuators and controls to reduce aerodynamic loads on wind turbine blades and thus facilitate the next generation of larger and smarter wind turbines of over 20 MW in capacity.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has secured USD 1.5 million for a project with the title Thermal Energy Grid Storage (TEGS) Using Multi-Junction Photovoltaics (MPV). It is working on key components for a new, cost-effective and high-efficient system to store electricity from renewables at the grid level. For the purpose it will need photovoltaic cells that remain efficient under intense infrared heat radiated from a high-temperature emitter.
The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), on the other hand, will use USD 2 million in funding under the programme for its work on an advanced pumped heat electricity storage system based on a novel thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.
In preparation for greater penetration of distributed energy resources and low-cost renewable generation, the University of Michigan will receive USD 2.8 million for the development of load-control strategies to improve grid reliability.
For its project to develop an operator support system and grid planning functionality able to function with 100% renewable generation Siemens Corporation Corporate Technology has been awarded USD 3 million in OPEN 2018 funds. Currently, power systems need at least 25% of their power to be supplied by synchronous generators.
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