The objective of this project is to enhance the resilience methods for distribution grids under harsh weather, cyber-threats, and dynamic grid conditions using multiple networked microgrids, energy storage, and early-stage grid technologies.
Planned Outcome: Using zonal approaches in multiple loosely and tightly networked microgrids will increase the resilience and resources on the grid.
- The project marries world class innovators (National Laboratories led by Idaho National Laboratory, Universities, and Global Equipment Manufacturers) with world class integrators (CEC, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)).
- This is the largest GMLC grant awarded so far: $6.2M Dept. of Energy (DOE) with $1.5M match.
- The project aims to modernize the local Alaska microgrids and develop technologies to improve the resilience and security of the national grid, which will benefit the smallest villages in Alaska and larger grids across the nation.
- CEC, AVEC, and ACEP have built some of the most advanced grids in the world that provide a “living laboratory” in which to develop these new technologies.