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Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize

Incentivizing the development & deployment of distribution system state estimation tools.
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Challenge Overview

The American-Made Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize is a $175,000 prize designed to incentivize innovators to develop models and algorithms that can provide accurate and real-time information about distributed solar generation in electric power distribution networks. This prize aims to promote awareness and adoption of distribution system state estimation (DSSE) algorithms and software tools to improve the visibility of distribution systems and their operating conditions.


A Prize Competition Structured for Success

Competitors in the 3D Solar Visibility Prize will develop a DSSE tool and be provided with measurements to test them. Competitors will submit their DSSE tool results for two distribution system networks through the Open Energy Data Initiative for solar systems integration (OEDI SI) platform for 14 consecutive days. The OEDI SI team will then compare the DSSE’s performance against a set of industry standard metrics to select the top-performing teams. 

The 3D Solar Visibility Prize will award up to $175,000 to five competitors, anticipating two winners and three runners-up. Winners will receive $50,000 each and runners-up will receive $25,000 each.

Throughout the competition, competitors will have access to support from the American-Made Network, a diverse and powerful community of incubators, investors, philanthropists, fabrication facilities, and seasoned industry leaders who provide technical insight, business development expertise, product validation, and more.


Who Can Compete?

U.S.-based institutions, companies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to compete. In keeping with the goal of growing a community of innovators, competitors are encouraged to form diverse, multidisciplinary teams while developing their concepts.

For full eligibility requirements, please read the official rules


Part of the GRIT Prize Series

The 3D Solar Visibility Prize is just one impactful component of the new Grid Resource Integration Technologies (GRIT) Prize Series. A joint effort from DOE’s Office of Electricity (OE) and the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), this prize series catalyzes research and development on grid modernization through large-scale integration of renewable technology, distributed resources, and stationary storage.

SETO’s 3D Solar Visibility Prize was launched in conjunction with OE’s Science Synthesis Prize, a competition to expand the renewable energy research community, catalyze transdisciplinary scholarship and practice, and generate new and comprehensive knowledge on the current state of science in renewable integration.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to one or both prizes. Follow the Science Synthesis Prize and 3D Solar Visibility Prize on HeroX for more information on upcoming GRIT Prize Series initiatives.

 


Important Dates

To prepare for participation in the 3D Solar Visibility Prize, here are the key dates and deadlines you should keep in mind: 

Please see the official timeline in HeroX for the most current dates and deadlines. All dates are subject to change, including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements. We highly encourage you to follow the prize on HeroX to receive all future updates and important information about the prize.


Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the follow feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at .

 

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Challenge Updates

Informational Webinar Recording & Slides Now Available

May 30, 2024, 8:15 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator

Did you miss the Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize Information Webinar? You can now view the webinar recording and slides. Stream it now!

During the webinar, prize administrators covered details about the 3D Solar Visibility Prize, including: 

  • Prize goals
  • Eligibility
  • Updated rules
  • Submission requirements 
  • And more

Additionally, prize administrators answered questions from the audience during the webinar. Still have questions? Email or post in the public HeroX forum to ask questions and spark questions with fellow community members. 

Remember, the deadline to enter the 3D Solar Visibility Prize is July 10. 


Updated Rules Now Published

May 29, 2024, 6:50 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator

The 3D Solar Visibility Prize administrators have published an updated version of the rules document. After receiving some questions, we have updated the metrics that will be used in the competition to make them simpler. 

See the updated rules document, located under the Resources tab in HeroX. 

As a reminder, there is an informational webinar today, May 29, where prize administrators will review competition goals, structure, and changes to the rules. Plus, we’ll be answering your questions during a live Q&A session. We recommend reviewing the updated rules document prior to the webinar.

Register here for today's webinar!


Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar!

May 28, 2024, 10:29 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator

Join us tomorrow, May 29, at 3 p.m. ET, for an informational webinar to learn about the new $175,000 Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize. This new prize is designed to incentivize innovators to develop models and algorithms that can provide accurate and real-time information about distributed solar generation in electric power distribution networks. 

The goal of the prize is to enhance the reliability and resilience of electric power distribution networks with large amounts of solar. The 3D Solar Visibility Prize will award up to $175,000 to five competitors, anticipating two winners and three runners-up. Winners will receive $50,000 each and runners-up will receive $25,000 each.

Register today to join tomorrow’s webinar!


Join the 3D Solar Visibility Prize Informational Webinar on May 29

May 22, 2024, 8:10 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator

Register now to join the Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize Informational Webinar on May 29 at 3 p.m. ET. This new $175,000 prize challenges competitors to develop models and algorithms that provide accurate and real-time data on distributed solar generation from residential, commercial, and industrial solar energy to utilities and grid operators. 

Competitors in the 3D Solar Visibility Prize will develop a distribution system state estimation (DSSE) tool and be provided with measurements to test them. Competitors will submit their DSSE tool results for two distribution system networks through the Open Energy Data Initiative for solar systems integration (OEDI SI) platform for 14 consecutive days. The OEDI SI team will then compare the DSSE’s performance against a set of industry standard metrics to select the top-performing teams. 

The informational webinar will present prize goals, timeline, prizes, eligibility requirements, and more. Plus, prize administrators will answer your questions live!

Register here for the May 29 webinar.

 


Register Now for the Data-Driven Distributed Solar Visibility Prize Informational Webinar!

May 16, 2024, 11:23 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator

Can you help grid operators make the most of distributed solar? Join the Data-Driven Distributed (3D) Solar Visibility Prize Informational Webinar on May 29 to learn more about the prize and get involved. 

This competition focuses on three key areas:

  1. Identifying the best-performing distribution system state estimators (DSSE)
  2. Demonstrating fair and transparent evaluation of DSSE using a publicly available open-source platform
  3. Promoting the adoption of DSSE by end users, such as independent system operators, integrated utilities, and other balancing authorities

Prize organizers of this $175,000 prize will share the prize timeline, goals, awards, and eligibility requirements. Plus, they’ll answer your questions about the prize live, so make sure you join to get your questions answered! 

Help optimize distributed energy resources by joining the 3D Solar Visibility Prize. Register for the webinar today to learn more!


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