Energetics recently supported the Next Generation Grid Components R&D Program Planning Workshop, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Photo: Flickr/FirstEnergy Corp.

Photo: Flickr/FirstEnergy Corp.

Energetics led the planning, execution, and documentation of this workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to identify gaps in the landscape of grid transmission and distribution components, highlight opportunities for R&D, and outline goals and priorities. Outcomes of the workshop will inform the development of DOE’s Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) multi-year program plan (MYPP).

Nearly 70 subject matter experts in the electric power and materials science communities attended the event. The attendees analyzed the status of electric grid components, including transformers, cables and conductors, and protective devices. They also discussed the state of the art and identified limitations in their performance, areas for improvement, and potential strategies for overcoming issues.

Energetics is currently developing a workshop summary report. The report content will be integrated into an updated version of the TRAC MYPP, which is expected to be released before the end of the 2016 federal fiscal year.

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