The Department of Energy has awarded 1 million US$ to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab within the second phase of the project “An Optimal Design Support Tool for Remote, Resilient, and Reliable Microgrids” through a competitive down-select process. This project develops an advanced optimization-based design support tool for Alternating Current (AC) and/or Direct Current (DC) microgrids in remote locations, where utility grids may not be accessible. The project has been divided into two phases, in which the focus of the successfully completed first phase was on model development and the now awarded second phase will focus on tool testing, validation, and outreach. The National Energy Technologies Laboratory (NETL) announced the second phase winner on October 7th 2016 after a team of peer reviewers evaluated the achievements of the teams led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Oakridge National Lab, the two competing teams of the first phase.
In this project the Grid Integration Group Microgrid team leads a group of multiple national labs and industrial partners, including Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Burns Engineering, and General Electric (GE Energy Consulting). Several other commercial companies and microgrid governing entities such as Marsh Creek, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Nome Joint Utility System, Kokhanok Village Council, Cordova Electric Cooperative, and City of Cordova have also been supporting the project. The first phase of this project ended in August 2016 and the second phase is expected to start in October 2016.