New ARPA-E Electric Grid Modernization Challenge Looks to Improve State of Grid Software

Aug 10, 2018

The Department of Energy recently announced a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Challenge 1 of the Advanced Research Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition is a series of challenges the spur the development and evaluation of grid software solutions with the overall goal being the modernization of electric grid software.

Challenge 1 of the GO Competition is an algorithm competition that examines the security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem facing the electric power sector and contain the following basic features:

  • An alternating current (ac) formulation
  • Security constraints (more information to come)
  • Pre-contingency (base-case) operational constraints and post-contingency operational constraints
  • Preventive and corrective actions
  • Transmission (line/transformer) contingency modeling and the corresponding
  • Generator contingency modeling
  • Bus-branch model
  • Load modeling (more information to come)
  • Some constraint violations are included in the objective function

Applications for Challenge 1 must be submitted by September 7. The competition is open to all parties that satisfy the applicable requires specified on the GO Competition website.

To review qualification requirements and for more information about the Go Competition, click here:

To apply, click here:

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