Nanotechnology-Enabled Transformer Life Extension



Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$720,000
Location:
Austin,
Texas
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
04/08/2021 - 04/08/2023

Project Innovation + Advantages:

University of Texas at Austin (UT- Austin) will use novel nanotechnology to develop a power transformer capable of operating for 80 years, increasing U.S. grid reliability. Key elements of UT- Austin’s research includes (1) the development and synthesis of cellulosic material and nano-additives (boron nitride, oxides) for paper and pressboard, (2) use of validated high-fidelity models to predict the thermal and electrical performance and life of transformers, (3) refurbishing a transformer to assess the impact of new materials, and (4) scale-up manufacturing of down-selected nanomaterials.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Isik Kizilyalli
Project Contact:
Dr. Robert Hebner
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
r.hebner@cem.utexas.edu

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