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:
- Overview of the TRAC Program
- Program Review Agenda
- Program Manager: Kerry Cheung, PhD
- Program Review Summary Report (October 2019)
- Program Overview and Project Fact Sheets
|TRAC Program and Portfolio Overview|
Modeling and Analysis
|Next-Gen Components 1|
|Next-Gen Components 2|
|Sensing and Characterization|
|Materials and Manufacturing|