UT Austin’s Center for Electromechanics (CEM) has been awarded $1.6 million to develop systems for real-time grid monitoring and modeling of electricity usage from Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar photovoltaics and energy storage systems. The project, led by CEM Director Dr. Bob Hebner, will include GPS information in line monitoring software to help spatially locate problems unique to rural areas. For example, Hebner hopes to quantify differences in residential customer solar in less dense systems operated by rural electric co-ops. The research project is part of a $10 million investment by the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative, a comprehensive effort designed to solve challenges associated with further integration of renewable sources of energy to the grid, while ensuring its reliability and resilience. Read more.
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