Foundation receives grant from NIST for Smart Grid standards development study

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Aug 10, 2010

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has received a $250,000 award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a project to support the development of safety standards for the implementation of Smart Grid. NIST and other government agencies are undertaking a comprehensive series of programs to develop technology and information to enable the rapid transition to the next generation of power distribution through the Smart Grid initiative. This transition has major impacts for the safety of the built infrastructure as it interfaces with the grid through in-building energy storage systems, photovoltaics, metering and control systems, and other safety features. This project aims to ensure that infrastructure safety standards do not serve as an impediment to the implementation of the Smart Grid.  The project will include an assessment of new technologies associated with Grid implementation and their potential impact on the National Electrical Code® and other NFPA electrical safety standards as well as technology transfer activities for the electrical inspection community.