The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E-funded projects that will bolster the electric grid.
Under the MOU, ARPA-E, Duke Energy and EPRI will identify opportunities to expand smart grid developments, grid-scale energy storage, power electronics and energy-efficient cooling technologies. The new deal will also allow for similar partnerships with other utilities.
In addition, ARPA-E will facilitate the exchange of information among ARPA-E-supported projects, EPRI and Duke Energy. The utility could deploy and test ARPA-E technologies at various power plants or wind farms, and the technologies may also be studied at the company's McAlpine substation, a test bed for renewable energy, grid storage and smart grid technologies, or at the company's Envision Center, a smart grid demonstration and testing facility in Erlanger, Ky.