The Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) program supports research and development (R&D) activities to advance technologies and approaches that maximize the value and lifetimes of existing grid components. This work will enable the next-generation of grid hardware to become more adaptive, flexible, reliable, and cost-effective compared to technologies available today.

The TRAC program has two primary goals:

  • Increase the resilience of aging assets and identify new requirements for future grid components
  • Accelerate the research, development, and field validation of next-generation grid technologies

TRAC program reviews solicit feedback from formal peer reviewers and attendees to ensure that program activities remain centered in high-impact focus areas, thereby optimizing the use of federal resources to fill critical R&D gaps. TRAC program management use the expert feedback to improve the program quality, and project principal investigators review the evaluations to improve project efforts. In addition, the review provides attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the TRAC program’s vision, direction, and ongoing activities.

The program review also serves as a mechanism to further solidify the advanced grid component research community. In-person meetings provide the opportunity for researchers and industry professionals to foster dialogue, exchange ideas, and build connections. Having a forum for these interactions is critical to the advancement and adoption of innovative technology solutions, especially grid hardware. Lasting and effective change requires a diverse and engaged community; the TRAC program aims to catalyze and nurture this community, which spans diverse stakeholders from material scientists and system designers to equipment manufacturers and utility engineers.

The 2019 TRAC Program Review was held on August 13-14, 2019 in Knoxville, TN.

Information, presentations, and additional content from the 2019 program review are available for download below:

Project Presentations:

TRAC Program and Portfolio Overview

Modeling and Analysis

  • Suman Debnath, ORNL
    Models Methods, & Tools to Analyze High-Penetration of Power Electronics in Grids; HVdc Models and Methods – Extension
  • Bjorn Vaagensmith, INL
    Evaluation of Grid Equipment Design Requirements for Improved Resilience
  • Zhi Li, ORNL
    Continuously Variable Series Reactor (CVSR) for Distribution System Applications; Tapless Regulating Power Transformer (TAREX)
  • Paul Ohodnicki, NETL
    Development of Automated Design and Optimization Tools for High Frequency Magnetic Components and Migration to Open Source and High Performance Computing Environments
Next-Gen Components 1
Next-Gen Components 2
Sensing and Characterization
  • Sigifredo Gonzalez, SNL
    Advanced Sensors Field Validation (MagSense)
  • Timothy McIntyre, ORNL
    GMLC SAW Sensor Field Validation
  • Paul Ohodnicki, NETL
    Optical Fiber Sensor Technology Development and Field Validation for Distribution Transformer and Other Grid Asset Health Monitoring
  • Paul Ohodnicki, NETL
    Establishment of a Medium Voltage (MV) Core Loss Test System (CLTS) and Application Relevant Characterization of MV Dielectric and Insulation Materials
Materials and Manufacturing