Department of Energy Announces $20 Million for Artificial Intelligence Research

Souce: Energy.gov, April 17

The DOE announced a total of $20 million in funding for innovative research and development in artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning. DOE’s Office of Electricity has selected eight projects to receive nearly $7 million in total to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to improve existing knowledge and discover new insights and tools for better grid operation and management. DOE’s Office of Science announced a plan to provide $13 million in total funding for new research aimed at improving A.I. as a tool of scientific investigation and prediction.

“Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence will revolutionize every single aspect of our lives and help us address the complex challenges we face today, including the world’s most pressing scientific challenges and securing the power grid in our rapidly evolving environment,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “These two sets of A.I. funding will help ensure continued advancement in the scientific fields and will strengthen the resilience of our Nation’s critical energy infrastructure.”

Both the Grid Resiliency and Science A.I. investments are the latest examples of the Trump Administration’s commitment to prioritizing the cross-cutting research and development of America’s A.I. capabilities and driving breakthroughs in transformative applications of A.I.

A.I. in Grid Resiliency

These projects, totaling nearly $7 million in federal funding, are expected to inform and shape the future development and application of faster grid analytics and modeling, better grid asset management, and sub-second automatic control actions that will help system operators avoid grid outages, improve operations, and reduce costs.

These projects will uphold DOE’s commitment to ensuring secure, reliable, and resilient electricity. A detailed list of the eight projects selected for awards is available HERE.  Final award amounts are subject to negotiation.

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