Grant Enhances Solar Energy, Storm Readiness Efforts – UConn Today – University of Connecticut

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Energy

As the frequency of severe storms increases, UConn continues to develop more advanced technologies and resources to prepare communities for power outages and shorten restoration time.
The latest initiative – made possible through a recent $4.4 million federal grant – enhances towns’ access to solar power and battery energy storage in the event of a storm or other emergency that disables electricity. Additionally, the project will develop resources for rural Connecticut towns, where power usually takes a long time to be restored.
The U.S. Department of Energy selected Eversource Energy Center associate director Junbo Zhao and his team for a $4.4 million award through the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) program. The grant is designed to enable communities to use solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events and to rapidly restore electricity when it goes down.
“This is a strong indication of our faculty’s innovations in solar, battery energy, and power system research to benefit Connecticut communities and beyond,” Dean of the UConn School of Engineering Kazem Kazerounian says.
This project will develop and demonstrate predictive community outage preparedness and active last mile visibility feedback autonomous restoration solution, termed PROACTIVE, to achieve community resiliency with solar energy and other distributed energy resources.
“Due to the lack of proper outage prediction tools, stakeholders face challenges to f …

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