Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR)

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
March 19th, 2024
Close Date
June 28th, 2024
Total Funding
$10,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$2,500,000.00
Award Floor
$1,000,000.00
Expected No. Awards
10
Opportunity No.
DE-FOA-0003246

Agency

Golden Field Office (DOE-GFO)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Energy

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Golden Field Office of the U.S. Department of Energy is offering a federal grant opportunity titled "Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR)". This grant aims to support innovative work that enables simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of the electrical grid. The grant will focus on two topic areas. Topic Area 1, "Improved Efficiency of EMT Simulations for Interconnection Studies of IBRs", seeks to improve the efficiency of the interconnection study process for new solar and wind plants and battery energy storage systems. This will be achieved by enhancing software tools used in power systems interconnection studies and developing a better understanding of when high-fidelity simulations are necessary in the interconnection process. The goal is to increase long-term plant reliability. Topic Area 2, "Dynamic Stability-Enhanced Network Assessment Tools", aims to develop tools that provide stakeholders with data on transmission system characteristics related to stability, voltage, and grid strength. These tools will ensure the security of confidential and critical energy infrastructure information. The projects in this topic area will establish the type of information required by stakeholders, develop the necessary tools, and test and evaluate them on at least one real transmission system. The grant requires cost sharing or matching and falls under the category of funding activity for Energy. The funding instrument type is a Cooperative Agreement. The grant has a closing date of June 28, 2024, and an estimated total program funding of $10,000,000. The award ceiling is $2,500,000, and the award floor is $1,000,000. It is expected that 10 awards will be granted. The grant is open to unrestricted applicants, including institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, nonprofit entities, state and local governmental entities, and federally recognized Indian Tribes. The applicants must be domestic entities organized, chartered, or incorporated under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States, have majority domestic ownership and control, and have a physical place of business in the United States. Certain entities, such as those banned from doing business with the United States government or nonprofit organizations engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995, are not eligible to apply. For more information and to apply for the grant, please visit the additional information URL. If you have any questions, you can contact the grantor at i2X-FOA@ee.doe.gov.

Description

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is jointly issued by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) as part of their Interconnection Innovation Exchange (i2X) program1 to support innovative work to enable simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electrical grid. The two FOA topic areas are as follows: Topic Area 1: Improved Efficiency of EMT Simulations for Interconnection Studies of IBRs Projects in this topic area will seek to improve the efficiency of the interconnection study process for new IBRs, such as solar and wind plants and battery energy storage systems, by improving software tools to study plant dynamics to increase long-term plant reliability. Projects will achieve this both by improving the speed of advanced, high-fidelity EMT modeling and simulation tools used in power systems interconnection studies and by developing a better understanding of when such high-fidelity simulations are necessary in the interconnection process. Topic Area 2: Dynamic Stability-Enhanced Network Assessment Tools Projects in this topic area will develop tools to provide stakeholders with data on transmission system characteristics related to stability, voltage, and grid strength while securing confidential and critical energy infrastructure information. Projects will establish the type of information required by stakeholders, develop a tool or tools, and test and evaluate those tools on at least one real transmission system. Topic Area 1 is primarily focused on the improvement of software tools, methods, or processes used to conduct EMT studies, the results of which will inform the transmission system interconnection stakeholders in Topic Area 2. Projects in Topic Area 2 do not need to be focused solely on transmission system characteristics based on EMT studies.

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