Winners of energy technology and practices innovation challenge announced


The US Department of Energy has announced the winners of the first “Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge”

The innovation challenge was designed to come up with new ideas on how to advance the resiliency of the country’s grid network.

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The programme reached energy stakeholders, academia other innovators for technologies or solutions that can address existing or emerging vulnerabilities.

Participants came up with ideas on how to address cybersecurity threats to the electric sector or mitigate interdependencies between the electricity sector and other sectors.

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity, Bruce J. Walker, said: “Submissions for our inaugural challenge reflected ideas from the nation’s best and brightest in the electricity sector.

“From improving situational awareness in the power grid to incorporating technology, such as augmented reality into grid operations, to improving the speed and quality of data analytics, these innovators have developed ideas that could significantly improve today’s electric industry practices.  We look forward to seeing how today’s winners further develop and refine their award-winning ideas.”

DOE is awarding more than $300,000 to seven winning submissions in two tiers. 

To learn more about the winners, their proposed innovations, and the next challenge, visit