NSF to Invest $18.5 Million in Green Grid Technologies
September 8, 2007
(Media-Newswire.com) - The National Science Foundation ( NSF ) announced on September 8 that it will establish a new NSF Engineering Research Center ( ERC ) at North Carolina State University for power grid technologies that can effectively integrate renewable energy and energy storage systems. The new "NSF ERC for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems," or FREEDM systems for short, will develop a new, distributed power grid network that will permit any combination and scale of energy sources and storage devices to be connected to the grid through standard grid-interface modules. This "Internet for energy" will work as a "plug-and-play" system to make it easy to sell excess energy from renewable energy systems to power companies. NSF will invest about $18.5 million in the new ERC over the next five years.