An Areva project that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is helping with has been awarded $6 million by the Department of Energy to improve the nation's electric grid.
Areva T&D of Redmond is designing and testing a new way to bring smaller-scale energy resources, such as home solar panels, into the electric grid. The project will develop models and analytical tools for integrating the resources with smart meters, demand response and advanced sensors.
A demonstration is planned for a distribution circuit serving a suburb of Charlotte, N.C. Total cost of the project is $10.5 million.
"The nation's electricity grid is showing its age and straining to meet an ever-increasing demand," said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., in a statement. "By infusing intelligence into the grid with state-of-the-art technology, we can make the power grid more reliable and efficient and save consumers money."
In addition to the DOE national lab in Richland, Duke Energy Co., the University of Washington, the University of Connecticut and Storrs CT also are helping Areva.