GE gets funding for grid improvement effort

PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER
General Electric in Niskayuna is one beneficiary of a $1.5 million initiative by the Department of Energy to produce large power transformers that are critical to the nation’s power grid. September 28, 2016.PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER General Electric in Niskayuna is one beneficiary of a $1.5 million initiative by the Department of Energy to produce large power transformers that are critical to the nation’s power grid. September 28, 2016.

— General Electric in Niskayuna is one beneficiary of a $1.5 million initiative by the Department of Energy to produce large power transformers that are critical to the nation’s power grid.

GE will use the funds to harden the nation’s electric grid to natural and man-made disasters, according to a prepared statement.

The money will be spread across five separate applications.

GE Global Research in Niskayuna will use $358,709 of the DOE funding to design a flexible large power transformer that would better handle different voltage levels. It would also allow adjustments that would make it an easier option for replacing failed transformers.

The total project value is listed at $508,663.

“Large power transformers are grid components that are ripe for innovation,” said Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of Energy, in a prepared statement.

GE is one of five entities selected to receive the DOE funding. Others include businesses and academic institutions located in North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia. The initiative is supported by the Transformer Reliance and Advanced Components program, which is part of the DOE’s larger Grid Modernization Initiative.