Siemens Corporate Technology US – the Princeton-based clinical research and development unit in the U.S. – will collect funding to help advance the role of solar energy in bolstering the resiliency of the U.S. electricity grid.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has selected Siemens CT to receive a $6.4 million research award, the company announced Tuesday.
According to Siemens, the project will create an energy management system capable of coordinating distributed microgrids to work together, increase the system’s ability to stand up to the effects of natural disasters or cyber-attacks, and autonomously restore power through the use of “smart inverters” during a blackout.
The collaboration between Siemens CT and SETO is expected to begin this summer.
Ulrich Muenz and Sindhu Suresh will lead the Siemens CT team. Partners from the Department of Energy helping to develop the three-layer Energy Management System (EMS) for Autonomous and Resilient Operation of Energy systems with RenewaAbles (AURORA), Siemens said, will include: Renewable Energy Laboratory, Columbia University, Siemens Digital Grid and Holy Cross Energy.
“Siemens technologies are helping to modernize the U.S. electric grid and develop stronger, more resilient power systems that can detect and defend against physical and cyber-threats and support smart infrastructures,” said Muenz, head of the Autonomous Systems and Control Research Group at Siemens CT, in a prepared statement.
“This project advances innovative research and development for technologies that could one day become standard across the industry to enhance and protect critical infrastructure through autonomous and resilient energy management systems,” he added.