The grant has been issued through the DoE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to enable more widespread adoption of solar power and energy storage.
The aim is to lower solar electricity costs while working to boost solar manufacturing and make solar systems more resilient to cyberattacks.
Projects to be carried out by Eaton are expected to improve the ability of grid operators to integrate increasing amounts of solar generation into the grid in a cost-effective, secure, resilient and reliable manner.
Eaton will focus on developing a real-time controller for behind-the-meter distributed energy resources and loads. Data from smart meters will be integrated to enable enhanced grid services that improve reliability in distribution systems with high solar penetration.
Eaton will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, Pecan Street, Provo City Power and Commonwealth Edison.
“Technical innovation and lower-cost renewables are driving huge changes in how power is generated, stored and consumed,” said Tim Avampato, senior manager, Eaton Research Labs. “Now is the perfect time to focus on building the capabilities we need to support a clean energy future. Our work will help maintain a reliable power grid, optimise the utilisation of behind-the-meter solar generation and improve the return on solar technology investments.”