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 Pecan Street, Inc.Bert Haskell  Non-Profit Grid Pecan Street has the worlds largest high resolution residential energy database with over 2,000 home years of disaggregated energy data including a large proportion of homes with PV and EV. We also have some distribution transformer data.We make this data available to universities and commercial research partners through the Dataport website. Over 100 universities and 12 global corporations have access to Dataport. Pecan Street is able to be the prime on this FOA; we can host it on Dataport, facilitate collaboration between proposal partners online, and we have considerable expertise of our own perfoming data analytics and grid modeling with our data. We are seeking partners with a strong track record in developing grid models who wish to work in a collaborative environment.


Phone: 512-923-9586

Address: 512-923-9586
 Argonne National LaboratoryJianhui Wang  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Grid Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne has a vast amount of expertise in complex power system analysis, computer science, mathematics, and large-scale computing. For more than 40years, they have provided technical support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies in examining how new technologies or new system configurations affect overall power system performance. This broad power system expertise is supported by Argonne’s world-class computational resources, which are available for solving interconnection-scale transmission problems. Advanced visualization systems, state-of-the-art optimization tools, and customized algorithm designs are fundamental resources that the lab brings to new technology exploration and complex system modeling tasks. Moreover, the staff has extensive experience in managing and manipulating massive databases and handling sensitive information.


Phone: 6302521474

Address: 9700 S. Cass Ave., Bldg. 202, Lemont, IL
 Solar Action NetworkBen Peters  Small Business Power Generation: Renewable The Solar Action Network is a clean energy consulting and advocacy organization with deep understanding of the nexus between policy, finance, and project development. Through our network of partners, we have established a leading position in the field of smart grid technology deployment, innovative product creation, and advanced project management performance.


Phone: 5058476527

Address: po box 330341 san francisco ca 94133
 The Aerospace CorporationJim Johansen  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Grid The Aerospace Corporation’s systems experience has relevance to the evolving electric power grid. The system-level characteristics of the evolving electric power grid have strong parallels to national security space systems - complex, widely distributed “cyber-physical” systems with similar challenges of real-time monitoring and control, networked communications, data analysis, and resiliency/security requirements

The corporation's highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic hardware and software in the world. Our insight and involvement in various programs has significantly reduced the risk of failure and increased both endurance and performance. Avoiding catastrophic failures can save the government and critical power infrastructure providers significant money.

Key technologies for the “smart” power grid" have close counterparts in the space system domain that the Aerospace Corporation can leverage:

1) Integrated communications, connecting components to open architecture for real-time information and control, allowing every part of the grid to both ‘talk’ and ‘listen’
2) Sensing and measurement technologies, to support faster and more accurate response such as remote monitoring, time-of-use pricing and demand-side management
3) Advanced components, to apply the latest research in superconductivity, storage, power electronics and diagnostics
4) Advanced control methods, to monitor essential components, enabling rapid diagnosis and precise solutions appropriate to any event
5) Improved interfaces and decision support, to amplify human decision-making


Phone: 310-336-0779

Address: The Aerospace Corporation 2310 E. El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245-4691 U.S.A.
 South Dakota State UniversityTim Hansen  Academic Grid The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at South Dakota State University (SDSU) has a strong background in the areas of electric power systems and power electronics. The core expertise includes:

1. Simulation and modeling of electric power system controls and markets;
2. Real-time analysis of power electronics using power hardware in the loop (PHIL);
3. Design of advanced domain-specific visualization techniques for large quantities of spatio-temporal power systems data; and
4. Application of high-performance computing (HPC) techniques for scalable electric power system studies.

SDSU brings access to a fully-instrumented microgrid laboratory (including PV, natural gas generators, weather monitoring, real-time digital simulator, data acquisition, programmable load banks, and energy storage) and two HPC clusters.


Phone: 6056884526

Address: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, SDSU, Box: 2222, Brookings, SD 57007
 Colorado State UniversitySid Suryanarayanan  Academic Grid The Advanced Power Engineering Lab (APEL) at Colorado State University possesses an established track record of sponsored research in the following:
1. Computer tools development and applications for power systems analysis
2. Co-simulation tools for enabling multi-scale simulations in power systems studies
3. Application of high performance computing (HPC) to energy management systems algorithm development
4. Application of real time hardware in the loop techniques for power systems analysis
5. Visualization techniques for power systems engineering.

Access to HPC resources and to real power hardware (40:1 scale electric distribution system with bi-directional power flow capability with the utility grid) through the ISTeC Cray and the Energy Institute facilities, respectively, on CSU campus provides unique capabilities for RD&D.


Phone: +1 970 491 4632

Address: 1373 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1373
 Electric Power Research InstituteRobert Entriken  Large Business Grid The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. conducts research, development and demonstration (RD&D) relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, we bring together scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in electricity.

Our work spans nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery and use, management and environmental responsibility. We provide both short- and long-term solutions in these research areas for the electricity industry, its customers and society. The depth and breadth of our work is outlined in our 2015 Research Portfolio. (

EPRI is interested in teaming partners for all Categories of the ARPA-E GRID DATA project.


Phone: 650-855-2198

Address: 3420 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 Clemson UniversityPierluigi Pisu  Academic Transportation Dr. Pierluigi Pisu is Associate Professor at the Department of Automotive Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University and Co-director of the US DOE GATE Center of Excellence on Sustainable Vehicle Systems. He is also the director of the GATE Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Laboratory. His research group expertise includes: Battery modeling and control,energy management in hybrid electric powertrains, diagnostics and prognostics of electrochemical systems, fault mitigation in distribution systems, vehicle to grid interaction, dynamic phase balancing of distribution systems. Area of research include decentralized damping control of inter-area oscillations using distributed energy storage, cybersecure control, decentralized control and diagnostics in connected vehicle systems, energy management in connected vehicles.


Phone: 864-283-7227

Address: 4 Research Dr., Greenville, SC 29607
 MicrovastTom Yu  Large Business Grid Microvast is leveraging existing cell designs, currently being used for electric buses, in modules that will be provided to grid-scale energy storage market. The top two applications that we have been focusing on are frequency regulation and grid integration of wind and solar power.

Frequency Regulation

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recognized the high value of the rapid response capabilities of energy storage devices in providing frequency regulation to the electric power grid. Traditional thermal power generators require minutes to respond to Automatic Generator Control signals (AGC). This response lag dramatically limits their ability to stabilize system frequency. Microvast’s energy storage systems respond rapidly, moving power output to any level in a fraction of a second. FERC ruling 755 and ruling 784 require system operators to reward battery system owners for the value of providing rapid response frequency regulation.

Grid Integration of Wind and Solar Power

Wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation is rapidly growing across the globe. As these resources grow as a percentage of total regional power generation their intermittent power output becomes increasingly difficult to manage. Grid operators are beginning to take actions to facilitate this growth. Our energy storage solutions help in two primary ways.

• Ramp Rate Control- Limiting the rate of change in a renewable energy generator’s total power output over seconds and minutes helps local grid operators to accommodate increasing amounts of renewable energy. This is especially important in areas with weaker electric power grids.

• Firmed power output – Renewable energy power generators will often get paid a higher price for all their electric energy production if they guarantee that their output closely matches their short term power production forecasts. In most cases these forecasts are required to bid for energy production in day ahead or hour ahead markets.

Microvast’s Lithium Titanate solution is ideal for high power applications with 10 minutes to 50 minutes capacity.

In addition, Microvast’s new extended duration LpCO™ product is better suited to extended duration applications requiring 1 to 2 hours of energy storage. It is well suited to high throughput applications such as micro-grids integrating diesel, solar, and wind resources. These installations typically require longer duration for delivering a combination of services.


Phone: 281.491.9505

Address: 12603 Southwest Freeway, Suite 210, Stafford, TX 77477
 SynthaLinda Hutchinson  Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Syntha is an engineering software vendor and predictive analytics R&D firm in Massachusetts.

Syntha’s patented technology calculates the effects on generating units of expected weather, maintenance, fuel changes or operational situations so that operators and dispatchers can better plan their delivery systems.

The software calculates the incremental heat rate, marginal production costs and true unit capacity of conventional generating units. These data support reducing a fleet's overall fuel consumption and emissions conservatively by 2%. In addition, more accurate unit capacity forecasts help to improve both grid reliability and integration of intermittent renewables.

With a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Syntha has demonstrated that individual generating units can be accurately modeled (matching plant data to 0.1%) in a just a few person-weeks and without the extensive calibration time required of other modeling methods. Syntha models already fully incorporate second principles thermodynamics thereby enabling rapid scaling for an entire fleet. Moreover, dozens of existing plant models (representing a variety of equipment vendors) can be used with either postulated configurations/conditions or with logged plant performance data. This software architecture allows for seamless integration with SCADA, data archives, unit commitment, or other systems.

Syntha’s team averages 25 years’ experience serving US utility clients and developing software with and for top US government contractors. Syntha is a WOSB.


Phone: 508-270-0020

Address: 945 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01701
 OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.Darcy La Ronde  Small Business Grid OPAL-RT offers the most complete, open and high-performance power system real-time simulation solution on the market. Not only does it cover every need for traditional power grid simulation, it also offers an unsurpassed level of scalability to design, simulate and test complex power systems, thanks to a level of integration between products never seen before. The capability of ePOWERgrid products to simulate everything from fast electromagnetic phenomenon to the transient stability of large power systems, allows power system engineers and scientists to optimize the security, efficiency and performance of microgrid, renewable energy sources and large interconnected power grids.


Phone: 5149099398

Address: 1751 rue Richardson Suite 2525
 Southwest Research InstituteSean C Mitchem  Non-Profit Other Energy Technologies Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, not-for-profit, applied research and development organizations in the United States. Founded in 1947, SwRI provides contract research and development services to industrial and government clients. SwRI consists of 10 technical divisions that offer multi-disciplinary, problem-solving services in the areas of engineering and the physical sciences. SwRI specializes in taking basic research ideas and implementing them into real-world applications. Our broad experience, ranging from automotive engineering to space sciences, allows us to take solutions from one domain and apply them to solve problems on other domains.

SwRI's experience in the electrical grid includes:
-- Two ground-breaking demonstrations integrating electric vehicles into the grid
-- Evaluating the energy market impacts of dynamic line rating technology in energy transmission
-- Developing remote sensing to detect and localize high-impedance faults in distribution circuits
-- Developing "fight through" capability to grid devices that rely on GPS for time synchronization
-- Improvements to wind turbine design and wind blade design
-- Research and development of improvements to flow battery technology
-- Management of a consortium for lithium ion battery testing

SwRI's work in the smart grid involves the integration of new and existing hardware designs coupled with innovative software algorithms to solve challenging problems within the grid.

Currently SwRI is hosting an internal research competition in computational optimization, with a goal of development innovative algorithms and processes to grow the state-of-the-art in solving computational problems involving large and complex data sets.

SwRI's experience in data analytics and working with very complex data sets in areas such as transportation and medical; our experience in developing network models in areas such as in-flight test networks, flight range telemetry, military combat vehicles, and city and state transportation networks; as well as our experience in working with Independent System Operators, EPA, and other grid-related data sets and in developing smart grid solutions would make us a good partner in developing innovative solutions for energy networks.


Phone: 2105222698

Address: 6220 Culebra road, San Antonio, TX
 University of San DiegoVenkat Shastri  Academic Grid The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego has recently launched a program on Sustainability. An important area of pedagogy and research within this program is Smart Grid, wherein sensing and control strategies that enable very high injection levels of renewables are being developed. Of particular research interest are in-situ monitoring of utility-scale transformers, breakers, inverters, capacitive banks and other subsystems involved in power flow, estimation of power flow models using sensor data and condition monitoring and prediction.


Phone: (858) 761-1575

Address: 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492
 National Renewable Energy LaboratoryBarbara O'Neill  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Grid The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is interested in partnering on the APRA-e GRID DATA FOA. NREL has developed and has access to solar and wind resource data sets. NREL also developed methods to create load data sets based on weather and demand modeling. NREL is interested and has experience in developing high resolution models of transmission and distribution systems.


Phone: 303-384-7025

Address: 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401
 The Ohio State UniversityAntonio J. Conejo  Academic Grid Control, operations, planning, economics and regulation of electric energy systems.


Phone: 614-292-6736

Address: 286 Baker Systems Engineering, 1971 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
 Power Info LLCDr. Jun Zhu  Small Business Grid Power info LLC is an emerging R&D company specialized in providing cutting-edging software solutions in electric power industry. We are currently running three R&D programs in the areas of standard-based power system model sharing & management, data-driven power grid visualization, and utility big data analytics. More specifically, our areas of expertise include:

1) IEC 61970 Common Information Model (CIM) and its related standards
2) Data-driven power grid visualization
3) Multi-dimensional model depository and management
4) Framework-based approach to utility big data analytics
5) Model-driven solutions
6) Model exchange and sharing within or across organizations, including utility-to-utility, RTO-to-members, real-time operation (EMS) to planning, etc.

These R&D programs, funded by US Department of Energy (DOE) under awarded $2.15 million SBIR Grants and European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), have resulted in a variety of standard-based software tools, currently licensed by 57 utilities, RTOs, grid coordinating organizations, vendors, and energy trading companies in North America and Europe.


Phone: 1-425-406-7996

Address: 12600 SE 38th St, Suite 230, Bellevue, WA 98006
 Michigan Technological UniversitySumit Paudyal  Academic Grid * Optimization, Algorithms for Distribution System Optimal Operation, Optimal operation of Energy Hub Management Systems, Wide-area control and protection algorithms.


Phone: 9063705327

Address: 1400 Townsend Drive
 Newton Energy Group LLCAleksandr Rudkevich  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Newton Energy Group (NEG) is developing a new generation of energy market modeling tools by combining advanced analytics with high performance computing technology. NEG’s mission is to deliver this new technology to a wide range of industry stakeholders. NEG provides cloud based power market modeling services and ready to use modeling data.


Phone: 6173409810

Address: 75 Park Plaza, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
 University of PittsburghThomas E McDermott  Academic Grid Distribution system and distributed generation modeling, GridLAB-D modeling, OpenDSS development, IEC 61968 and Multispeak, IEEE distribution test circuits, open-source software development, distribution system state estimation, engineering study workflows, IEEE recommended practices working group for distribution system analysis. Electromagnetic transient (EMTP) models and co-simulation. Power quality data analytics.


Phone: 412-648-9585

Address: ECE Dept, 350 Thackeray Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
 Los Alamos National LaboratoryRussell Bent  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Grid LANL has programs funded by DHS, DOE, and DOD related to developing new methods for modeling, simulating, controlling, and optimizing electric power systems. In all of these programs there is a need for publicly available realistic data sets. Because of these programs, we currently have access to many real distribution and transmission data sets which can serve as a basis for evaluating the realism of synthetic data developed by the program. We also have extensive collaborations with NICTA, which has developed a comprehensive overview of existing publicly available data sets, and has developed methodologies for generating realistic data ( We will leverage these connections as part of a response to this call. Finally, we have also have experience releasing realistic data for transmission systems, see publication "Power System Restoration Problem Benchmarks", LA-UR-14-20159
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Phone: 505-667-9110

Address: Box 1633, MS C933, Los Alamos, NM 87545
 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association - Cooperative Research Network (NRECA/CRN)Craig Miller, Chief Scientist  Non-Profit Grid The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Cooperative Research Network (NRECA/CRN) is the research, testing, and demonstration arm of the 900+ electric cooperatives in the United States. The cooperatives serve about 75% of the land mass of the country, control 55MW of generation and bulk transmission, and operate about 50% of the nation’s feeder lines. Working with CRN, the cooperatives have a long history of innovation and experimentation. Being individually very small and less regulated, they are agile organizations which can make decisions quickly and move forward with promising new technologies. Co-ops, for example, were the pioneers with advanced metering technology and operational applications beyond simple meter reading.

The large number of co-ops and their diversity in terms of technology, climate, and the economics of the communities served, make it possible for the co-op nation to find places to test and stress virtually any technology. In recent work for the Department of Energy, CRN executed a project with 23 co-ops, across 10 states, with 80+ individual technology demonstrations ranging from AMI applications to advanced Volt/VAR control and smart feeder switching. NRECA’s pioneering guidance on cyber security has been downloaded more than 34,000 times.

Beyond proving technology, NRECA has a truly unique capability to spread the word about technical innovations building the foundation for commercialization. Rooted in a long history and culture of mutual support and collaboration, co-ops share information and experience with each other and help each other to replicate their successes. NRECA and CRN are the nexus for this sharing with an extensive publish program (in print and online), frequent technical and business webinars, classes on a wide range of topics, and many hosted meetings and conferences ranging from meetings with a few dozen expert specialists to Tech Advantage, a national trade show with more than 300 vendors.


Phone: 703-626-9683

Address: 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
 University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaginRichard Macwan  Academic Grid The Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides national leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems. ITI brings together over 100 faculty and senior researchers, many graduate student researchers, and industry partners to conduct foundational and applied research. The team at ITI has strong capabilities in development of power system simulation platforms, power system analysis and visualization, smart grid technology implementation, and data analytic. The team has developed number of interactive dynamic power system cases that can be used for variety of applications from education and training to development of smart grid control and visualization applications. The cases are made publicly available along with freely available simulation platform which is capable of exporting power system data in the PMU data (C37.118) format. Currently the team is working on developing and publishing new power system models and cases representing variety of different scenarios e.g. simulation cases representing historical blackouts in North American grid, dynamic scenarios emphasizing impacts of smart grid communication etc. The cases developed till date can be found at the following website:


Phone: 217-300-7624

Address: Coordinated Science Lab MC-228, 1308 W Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801 USA
 UNC Charlotte Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC)Dr. Badrul Chowdhury  Academic Grid The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte serves as a state-of-the-art research center that provides education and applied research opportunities to students with energy related interests. Our industry-education partnerships unite students, faculty and industrial partners to collaborate on interdisciplinary research and learning.

EPIC and the Lee College of Engineering have paired together to create programs, courses and energy concentrations within multiple departments that surpass technical skills and engineering. The curriculum teaches students project management, collaborative teamwork, risk analysis and leadership skills. Our facilities assist the energy industry training the next generation of engineers who deliver new and creative solutions for the energy industry.

With over 70 faculty members working in energy-related disciplines, EPIC is quickly becoming a national leader in energy research and development. Offering seven Applied Research Clusters, EPIC interdisciplinary researchers collaborate with industry and use state-of-the-art laboratories to work to solve some of today’s most difficult energy challenges.


Phone: 704-687-1960

Address: EPIC 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223
 ABBXiaoming Feng  Large Business Grid ABB provides leading network management and control systems for planned and unplanned outage management, generation, transmission and distribution management systems, SCADA and process control solutions, and commercial energy portfolio management tools for planning, forecasting and running your day-to-day operations.


Phone: 9198563337

Address: 940 Main Campus Drive
 Georgia Institute of TechnologySantiago Grijalva  Academic Grid The Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) at Georgia Tech conducts research on large-scale transmission and distribution electricity grids, with a focus on modeling, simulation, and computation.
ACES has been involved in three ARPA-E projects all involving large scale power system simulation utilizing realistic data. It has strong capability to assimilate, organize, process, and simulate realistic electricity system, temporal EMS, T&D planning data, DMS, renewable energy, and economic data associated with most grid algorithms including considerations for renewable energy integration and decision-making under uncertainty. This includes:
- Unit Commitment, DUC, SCUC
- Optimal Power Flow, SCOPF, SCED
- State Estimation, GSE, RSE
- Voltage Stability
- Transient Stability
- Available Transfer Capability
- Distribution system PV hosting Capacity
- Microgrid electricity modeling
- Transmission Network and Generation Planning


Phone: 4048942974

Address: 777 Atlantic Dr, Atlanta GA 30332
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