Ultrafast, Autonomous Grid Protection Using Linear Photonic Switching

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Program:
ULTRAFAST
Award:
$3,178,977
Location:
Manteca, California
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
04/30/2024 - 04/29/2027

Technology Description:

Opcondys is developing a light-controlled grid protection device to suppress destructive sudden and short-lived surges in energy on the grid caused by lightning and electromagnetic pulses. The proposed protection module improves upon current slower surge protection devices by using high-voltage photoconductive power electronics with nanosecond response times. If successful, any sudden and short-lived disruption through utility lines will auto-trigger the module, halting a disruption from traveling any further and protecting grid-connected equipment.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Olga Spahn
Project Contact:
Kristin Sampayan
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
kristinsa@opcondys.com

Partners

Watson Engineering, Inc.

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Release Date:
02/24/2023