FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2012
ARPA-E announces multimillion dollar Micro-Synchrophasor Project
Alex McEachern, President of Power Standards Lab,
announced a new ARPA-E project on micro-synchrophasors.
A prototype micro-synchrophasor instrument from Power
Standards Lab will be used to study distribution system stability in Smart
Grids and distributed generation.
- The Advanced Research Project Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy
(ARPA-E) has announced a multimillion dollar project to deploy a new
PSL-developed measuring technology called "micro-synchrophasors". The
project will study stability of electric distribution systems during Smart
Grid deployments, with an emphasis on photovoltaic power, wind power, and
other distributed generators.
The project team is led by Dr. Carl Blumstein of University of California
Berkeley's CIEE (California Institute for Energy and Environment), and
includes the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Power Standards Lab.
Alex McEachern will lead the Power Standards Lab team, which is based in Alameda, California.
CIEE's Dr. Carl Blumstein will lead the ARPA-E micro-synchrophasor project.
Dr. Alexandra von Meier, Co-Director, Electric Grid Research Program at CIEE, is the Technical Lead on the project.
According to McEachern, the new microPMU™ instrument from Power Standards
Lab will measure the electrical "twist" along a distribution line to determine
exactly how the power is flowing.
"In principle, it's similar to a phasor measurement unit used
for transmission system stability, but it's optimized for distribution systems
with much more precise angular resolution and much lower installed cost," said McEachern. "The
microPMU is based on PSL's established PQube® instrument technology, so
we expect it to simultaneously measure ultra-precise phase angles, and
capture a full range of power disturbances, and record precision power
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced this project as one of 66
cutting-edge research projects selected by ARPA-E to seek out
transformational, breakthrough technologies. (These projects have been selected for negotiation of awards.)
According to ARPA-E, the selected projects have the potential to produce
game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, and may even form the
foundation for entirely new industries.
McEachern said that Power Standards Lab has independently developed the
prototype micro-synchrophasor, and will be responsible for testing and
certifying its performance during this project. PSL will also be
responsible for commercialization, McEachern said.
Further information: Alex McEachern, President, Power Standards Lab,
, TEL ++1-510-522-4400 ext 0
Power Standards Lab
2020 Challenger Drive
Alameda, California 94501 USA