CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

 [44 MB ]


For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.

 

CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 

 

 Report 
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 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

 [4 MB ]

 

Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.


Development and Analysis of a Progressively Smarter Distribution System

Current Highlights:
  • Final Project Report: Development and Analysis of a Progressively Smarter Distribution System. Samuelsen, S. and J. Brouwer. Adv. Power & Energy Program, University of California, Irvine. (CPUC/Itron Grant #47904 Final Report). March 2013.  PDF  (9.1 MB).
  • Final Project Presentation - June 4, 2013 
    Download presentation slides PDF.

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 1
Target Area: Grid Integration
Awardee: Advanced Power and Energy Program UC Irvine
Partners:

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

CSI Funding: $300,000
Match Funding: $100,000
Start Date: January 2011
End Date: March 2013
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Dr. Scott Samuelsen
Principal Investigator Email: gss @ uci.edu
Principal Investigator Phone: 949-824-7301
Grant Manager Name: Jonathan Wanjiru
Grant Manager Email: jonathan.wanjiru @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3192

Project Summary

The University of California Irvine and PG&E collaborated to quantify the limitations of PV integration as well as the development and evaluation of a progressively smarter distribution grid. The team evaluated the control and integration of existing major components on both the primary and secondary distribution system. Three specific distribution system configuration scenarios were evaluated — the first scenario included many small PV systems, the second scenario with fewer but larger PV systems, and the third scenario with a mixture of smaller and larger PV systems. The project identified PV integration limitations of standard operating procedures and develop a progressively smarter distribution system to mitigate distribution circuit limitations that might otherwise delay the goals of the CSI program.

 

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

  • Final Project Report: Development and Analysis of a Progressively Smarter Distribution System. Samuelsen, S. and J. Brouwer. Adv. Power & Energy Program, University of California, Irvine. (CPUC/Itron Grant #47904 Final Report). March 2013.  PDF  (9.1 MB)

Presentations:

  • Initial Project Presentation: Development and Analysis of Progressively Smarter Distribution System  PDF (1.16 MB)

  • Final Project presentation - June 4, 2013
    Download presentation slides PDF
    Webinar recording

Project Activities

DateActivity
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