EnerNex Corporation Awarded DOE SBIR Phase II Grant

July 19, 2007

EnerNex Corporation, an electric power engineering and consulting firm specializing in the development and application of new electric power technologies, today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop Distribution State Estimation. This includes EnerNex partners North Carolina State University (NCSU) and OSIsoft.

EnerNex was notified of the award by the office of Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who serves on the Senate committee and subcommittees on energy and small business and entrepreneurship. EnerNex was one of two companies to receive awards in the topic area of electric transmission and distribution technologies.
The grant will continue supporting the creation of a software product that will enable load modeling and prediction tools for the improved resolution of customer loads; accurate sensitivity assessments of the impact of weather conditions, new technologies, demand response programs and load curtailment practices; and advanced algorithms and decision logics for the large data set analysis. The software will maximize use of current system capacity and meet contingency planning and response requirements.

Mesut Baran, NC State ECE Professor
Mesut Baran, NC State ECE Professor

EnerNex will use the research of NCSU Professor, Mesut Baran, to produce better methods of load modeling from statistical data, with branch current state estimation and bad data identification. Using the load estimation toolbox, industry researchers can develop new modules as add-ons to the industry-leading data historian software, the OSIsoft PI System, for electric utilities.

"We are pleased to continue our work with DOE. This demonstrates further advancements in our technology and ability to develop tools that will continue to enhance the reliability and efficiency of the electric system," said Jeff Lamoree, EnerNex President and Chief Executive Officer. "As our nation continues to address concerns about the reliability of the electric power system, our developments will play an important role in the progress of flexible, customizable solutions to better understand the operation of electric power distribution systems."

The project will be led by EnerNex employee, Tom McDermott, a recognized expert in circuit simulation, distribution systems, lightning protection, power quality data analysis and the development of software tools.

EnerNex Corporation provides engineering and consulting services, along with software solutions and customization, for the electric power industry. EnerNex offers these in the areas of power system studies and analysis as well as utility communication and automation. For more information on EnerNex, visit www.enernex.com.

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Contact: Jill Williams
Phone: 865-691-5540 ext.142