Energy Department selects WSU for development award | News
Washington State University has been given a $200,000 award by the Energy Department to develop new curricula and training for education and research on the modern electric grid.
The new curriculum will focus on synchrophasor technology and will help students and researchers better understand the complexities of modern electric grids. WSU received one of seven awards totaling $1.4 million, the goal is to better prepare students heading into the electricity workforce. The university has made their own contribution making the total value of the project $1,373,612.
"These awards will play an important role in developing university and industry research partnerships and will help students who plan to pursue careers in the electricity industry better understand how to use synchropashor technology." said Assistant Secretary of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman.
Even though the use of synchrophasor data is considered to be a promising tool to monitor modern electric power systems only a small number of of researchers and students have the knowledge to the analyze the data.
"Teaching students how to visualize the health of the electric grid and develop a more finely-tuned awareness of its complex, constantly-changing nature will help ensure that our workforce of the future is better prepared to face the challenges of operating a reliable and resilient grid," said Hoffman.
These awards will provide researchers and students with access to data from their utility collaborators and will allow colleges and universities to expand their undergraduate and graduate curricula in grid dynamics, process simulation, control and analysis tools.