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    EPB and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Collaborate on Energy Resilience and Quantum Science

    ByThemba Hadebe

    Feb 6, 2024
    EPB and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Collaborate on Energy Resilience and Quantum Science

    EPB and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have proudly announced a decade-long collaboration with the establishment of the Collaborative for Energy Resilience and Quantum Science (CERQS). This joint research effort aims to leverage Chattanooga’s advanced energy and communications infrastructure to develop technologies that enhance the resilience and security of the national power grid while accelerating the commercialization of quantum technologies.

    The collaboration between EPB and ORNL has already yielded significant results. Together, they have worked on nearly 30 funded projects, focusing on various aspects of energy research. These projects have included the development of advanced energy models, predictive algorithms for identifying equipment failures, and the deployment of dynamic microgrids. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce energy costs for customers and improve the reliability and resilience of energy and communications services.

    Quantum cybersecurity has been a key area of focus for the collaboration. With funding from the Department of Energy, EPB, ORNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Qubitekk, Inc. partnered to demonstrate the use of quantum cryptographic technologies across EPB’s fiber optic network. Through these efforts, the team received recognition with an R&D 100 Award. EPB also launched the EPB Quantum NetworkSM, the first commercially available fiber optic network designed to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technologies.

    The establishment of CERQS will allow ORNL and EPB to pursue four strategic goals. First, they aim to achieve national leadership in quantum science and technology, focusing on research breakthroughs and commercialization opportunities. Second, the collaboration aims to innovate in energy security by developing and deploying novel quantum and digital technologies for a more resilient and reliable grid. Third, they will prioritize workforce development in East Tennessee to support the growing quantum economy. Lastly, the collaboration seeks to drive economic development by commercializing quantum technology and creating new companies in the region.

    EPB’s investment in Chattanooga’s fiber optic network has positioned the city as a hub of innovation. Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp are both enthusiastic about the collaboration between EPB and ORNL, highlighting the positive impact it will have on their community’s economy and workforce development.

    The partnership between EPB and ORNL is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation. By merging their research capabilities and leveraging Chattanooga’s infrastructure, they are poised to make significant advancements in energy resilience and quantum science, shaping the future of the power grid and securing America’s position as a global leader in emerging technologies.

    FAQs:

    1. What is the Collaborative for Energy Resilience and Quantum Science (CERQS)?
    CERQS is a decade-long collaboration between EPB and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aimed at developing technologies to enhance the resilience and security of the national power grid while advancing the commercialization of quantum technologies.

    2. What projects have EPB and ORNL worked on together?
    EPB and ORNL have collaborated on nearly 30 funded projects, focusing on various aspects of energy research. These projects have included the development of advanced energy models, predictive algorithms for identifying equipment failures, and the deployment of dynamic microgrids.

    3. What is the focus of the collaboration on quantum cybersecurity?
    Through funding from the Department of Energy, EPB, ORNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Qubitekk, Inc. have partnered to demonstrate the use of quantum cryptographic technologies across EPB’s fiber optic network. Their efforts have been recognized with an R&D 100 Award.

    4. What is the EPB Quantum NetworkSM?
    EPB Quantum NetworkSM is the first commercially available fiber optic network designed to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technologies.

    5. What are the strategic goals of CERQS?
    The strategic goals of CERQS include achieving national leadership in quantum science and technology, innovating in energy security through the development and deployment of novel quantum and digital technologies for the power grid, prioritizing workforce development in East Tennessee to support the quantum economy, and driving economic development by commercializing quantum technology and creating new companies in the region.

    6. What is the impact of EPB’s investment in Chattanooga’s fiber optic network?
    EPB’s investment in Chattanooga’s fiber optic network has positioned the city as a hub of innovation and has the potential to positively impact the local economy and workforce development.

    Definitions:

    1. EPB: Refers to the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, a utility company providing electricity, internet, and telecommunications services in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    2. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL): ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy multidisciplinary research facility located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It focuses on scientific research and technological innovation in various fields, including energy, materials, and computing.

    3. Quantum Technologies: Quantum technologies involve harnessing the principles of quantum mechanics to develop new technologies, such as quantum computing, quantum cybersecurity, and quantum communication.

    4. Resilience: Refers to the ability of a system or infrastructure to withstand and recover from disturbances or disruptions, such as power outages or cyber attacks.

    5. Commercialization: The process of bringing a new technology or innovation to market and making it available for commercial use.

    Related Links:

    1. EPB Official Website
    2. ORNL Official Website
    3. Department of Energy Official Website