Awards recognize real-life research

When researchers discover cleaner, safer and more efficient ways to provide energy, the next step is to put those new ideas into practice. During the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) annual Technology Transfer Awards, Great River Energy was recognized for applying research in real-world settings.

Zach Kuhn, engineer I, and Derrick Schlangen, leader, relay and control design, received the 2016 EPRI Power Delivery & Utilization Technology Transfer award for their application of the system-wide protection assessment tool. This application will allow Great River Energy to conduct system-wide relay coordination studies and arc flash hazard studies, streamlining a labor-intensive process.

Strategic Energy and Efficiency Program Representative Jeff Haase was recognized for developing internal electrification teams and programs that work with Great River Energy’s membership to advance targeted electrification technologies.

Power Generation and Engineering Services Manager David Farnsworth was recognized for developing EPRI’s REGEN Scenarios Analysis Project that helps utilities better understand how the electric sector may evolve in the future.

“The 2016 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels in order to shape a sustainable energy system,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “Working in a collaborative environment, their advancements benefit their utility and the entire industry because we all have a stake in power system transformation.”

EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize power system leaders and innovators who have helped their companies deliver safe, affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity via the application of research and development in the utility industry.