Automated Maintenance of Protection Systems (AMPS) Challenge - Phase 1: White Paper

  • Estado: Open
  • Premio: $10000
  • Propuestas recibidas: 12

Resumen del concurso

AUTOMATED MAINTENANCE OF PROTECTION SYSTEMS (AMPS) CHALLENGE
Make power systems more reliable by automating maintenance testing of protective relays and associated potential and current transformers.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THE FULL CHALLENGE BRIEF THAT CONTAINS ALL THE CHALLENGE AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND RULES (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KmqQgIrKE0BiebPjo5O9snN6w-FiDzfx/view?usp=sharing)

***We held our first Webinar April 7th, 2021 1PM-2PM PT/4-5PM ET to learn more about what Reclamation seeks from the solutions. The Webinar was a great opportunity to get clarifications on the contest. If you missed it, or want a refresher, here is a link to the recorded session: https://bit.ly/3wIBaZY


PHASE 1: WHITE PAPER CHALLENGE

Can you help further Reclamation’s mission to protect their hydroelectric plants? Do you want to work on a big infrastructure problem? This Challenge gives you the opportunity to improve the safety and reliability of hydroelectric powerplants and to win your share of the $250,000 prize purse.
To participate, you will need to create a prototype that automates maintenance testing of the plants’ protection systems. Your solution will improve the safety and reliability of the plants, keep the energy flowing while the tests are run, and allow engineers and operators more time to address other important issues.

Up to 10 solutions will win $10,000 and will move forward to phase 2

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is looking for solutions to automate comprehensive testing of the existing protection system at hydropower facilities. This $250,000 Challenge seeks prototypes that automate protection systems testing without requiring plants to be off-line and that are not labor intensive. While there can be a variety of approaches to solve this challenge including a single tool, a group of tools, a continuous monitoring system, or a surveillance system, all solutions must result in a decrease in the employee time required for testing, an elimination of plant downtime for testing, and an increase in plant safety and reliability. Solving this challenge will increase hydropower plant generation reliability and avoid the opportunity cost of unit outages. The solutions are being requested by Reclamation for their hydropower facilities however, solutions will likely be applicable to many other protective relay systems.

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, operating 53 hydroelectric powerplants that produced 40 billion kilowatt-hours, on average, annually for the last 10 years. After the 2003 Blackout, a comprehensive list of testing protocols was developed and designed to prevent another large power outage. The results are included in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Protection and Control (NERC PRC) regulatory standards which outlines key activities required to achieve basic utility reliability. NERC PRC-005-6 (https://www.nerc.com/pa/Stand/Reliability%20Standards/PRC-005-6.pdf) , Protection System, Automatic Reclosing, and Sudden Pressure Relaying Maintenance includes the required testing and maintenance protocols related to this challenge. The current testing protocols are labor-intensive and often require the plant to be off-line; however, the NERC protection system maintenance standard allows for most of the maintenance activities to be automated and, with the extensive adoption of microprocessor-based relays, this automation is possible.

The AMPS Challenge will have two phases, a White Paper Challenge, and a Prototype Challenge. The Challenge will last fourteen months from the White Paper Challenge launch to the final Prototype Challenge award. Solvers will have 5.5 months to deliver a White Paper submission describing their technical approach to the problem. Up to ten solutions will receive an award of $10,000 to move forward in the Prototype Challenge. Solvers will then have 5 months to complete their prototype. Preliminary judging of the teams’ written and video submission will be used to select up to five prototypes for testing by Reclamation at a partner facility in Colorado, USA. Selected teams will ship their prototypes, at Reclamation’s expense, along with all supporting materials to the testing site. These prototypes will be tested for the ability to solve the challenge, ease of use and set-up, and ability to address additional tests and features. One winning prototype will be awarded up to $100,000. Additionally, individual Benchmark Awards of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to prototypes that excel in specified performance areas. Winning teams will also have a potential opportunity for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or other technology transfer agreement to further refine the solution. Winners are planned to be announced on July 11, 2022.

PHASE 1 – WHITE PAPER CHALLENGE
Submissions for the White Paper Challenge must demonstrate your understanding of the problem space, your understanding of interface requirements and protocols needed to communicate with various manufactured relays and meters, your ability to complete a prototype, verification testing, interface tests with various relays, and your approach. Submissions will be PDFs uploaded to the Challenge site.
The submission must detail:
- Proposed hardware to be used.
- Hardware schematics.
- Operation of the hardware.
- Programming code language.
- Program logic diagrams.
- Sample of proposed output reports.
- Text descriptions and datasheets for proposed solutions of required elements.
- Text descriptions and datasheets for any variations on the solution and for any additional tests included in the solution.
- Demonstration of solvers ability/skill to complete a prototype.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THE FULL CHALLENGE BRIEF THAT CONTAINS ALL THE CHALLENGE AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND RULES (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KmqQgIrKE0BiebPjo5O9snN6w-FiDzfx/view?usp=sharing)

RULES
Bureau of Reclamation and employees of Challenge partners reserve the rights to update or modify this challenge at any time. Updated material will be made available to all participants.

1. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- All team members must meet Freelancer eligibility policies (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KmqQgIrKE0BiebPjo5O9snN6w-FiDzfx/view?usp=sharing).
- All team members must agree to and abide by the Terms and Conditions of using the Freelancer Website (https://www.freelancer.com/about/terms).
- All team members must attest that their solution is original and does not violate Freelancer’s Copyright Infringement Policy (https://www.freelancer.com/dmca).
- All team members must be at least 18 years old and must be eligible to receive payment under the laws of the United States. United States federal sanctions prohibit participation from individuals and teams from certain countries (see: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx).
- Bureau of Reclamation and employees of Challenge partners are not eligible to participate. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate. Any individual or entity associated with the development or administration of this challenge is ineligible to compete. Government contractors working on the same or similar projects are ineligible to participate in the Challenge.
- Funds from U.S. or foreign government organizations should not be used to directly fund the development of a solution to this Challenge. Solutions that were previously developed with Government/Federal funds, or where Government/Federal funds, including but not limited to, employee time, materials, and reviews, were utilized to prepare the submission or solutions are prohibited.

2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Solutions must originate from either the U.S. or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).
- Solutions utilizing components prohibited by current US Government regulations, executive orders, or rules or that do not comply with NERC regulations will not be accepted.
- All products and code delivered under this competition will only be installed and tested in a power simulation laboratory environment. For security reasons, the Government will replicate, either directly or through a 3rd party, any submitted solutions before it is installed at an actual facility. Therefore, all code, drawings, hardware list, and anything else necessary to replicate the solution must be included in the final submission. Code must be adequately documented, commented, and organized to expedite review and reproduction. All submitted material must be suitable for 3rd party duplication of solution in its entirety for Government use.
- Submissions must be uploaded to the AMPS Challenge page before the deadline, September 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. All submissions must be in PDF format, in English, and machine readable (not handwritten). No late submissions will be accepted.
Reclamation will pay reasonable costs for shipping prototypes to the testing facility.

3. PAYMENT
For any prize award, the winner will receive the full amount awarded; any Freelancer seller fee will be refunded to the winner.

4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Winning solutions, for both the White Paper and Prototype Challenges, must grant the United States Government a license for the solution. The license will be royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, and non-exclusive. The license will provide the Government the right to use, reproduce, distribute, adapt, perform, display, make, have made, market, modify, lease, sell, and create for any manner and any purpose of any intellectual property prepared, produced, originated, developed, generated, used, or acquired including without limitation.
Ownership of all intellectual property rights, if any, in the idea or concept demonstrated by the proposed solution will remain with the solver.
Reclamation reserves the right to negotiate licenses for additional submitted solutions.

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  • masudranacs
    masudranacs
    • 5 horas atrás

    interested

    • 5 horas atrás
  • NaemBoos
    NaemBoos
    • 6 horas atrás

    Hello sir. I am from Bangladesh can i particpete this contest you take my experience.. I am take this contract.

    • 6 horas atrás
  • trivedijyotshan2
    trivedijyotshan2
    • 7 horas atrás

    Hi sir

    • 7 horas atrás
  • shruthi200
    shruthi200
    • 1 día atrás

    Hi I'm from India, I want participate in this contest

    • 1 día atrás
    1. abubakarsiddiq19
      abubakarsiddiq19
      • 1 día atrás

      i am interested

      • 1 día atrás
    2. rakeshsahoo01997
      rakeshsahoo01997
      • 11 horas atrás

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      • 11 horas atrás
  • Francawilling
    Francawilling
    • 18 horas atrás

    Please how do I join a team. From Nigeria

    • 18 horas atrás
    1. rakeshsahoo01997
      rakeshsahoo01997
      • 11 horas atrás

      yes

      • 11 horas atrás
  • mabir2220
    mabir2220
    • 17 horas atrás

    hello sir i am From Bangladesh What can I participate this challenge...

    • 17 horas atrás
  • saifyashfa
    saifyashfa
    • 17 horas atrás

    I m intrastate

    • 17 horas atrás
  • mpal3736
    mpal3736
    • 21 horas atrás

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    • 21 horas atrás
  • sudzempire
    sudzempire
    • 22 horas atrás

    yes

    • 22 horas atrás
    1. sudzempire
      sudzempire
      • 22 horas atrás

      I am a Network Solutions Support Specialist have completed my Diploma In Computer Engineering also I have persued Enterprise Network Specialist post Diploma Program From Algonquin College Ottawa Ontario Canada Plus I have passed C.C.N.A Certification In Jan 2010 and I have completed my Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) Having 10+ yrs of Experience in the Gamut of IT I know the Tricks of the trade and can play a vital role of catalyst to comlete the task. Having said that I am a Network Solutions Support Specialist I will give my ?% and make sure that I take this challenge as a New learning opportunity and the challenge to deliver my best.
      Thanks & Regards
      Sudarshan Kulkarni

      • 22 horas atrás
  • Aminul5435
    Aminul5435
    • 23 horas atrás

    I am from Bangladesh.I am interested.

    • 23 horas atrás
  • carinajr
    carinajr
    • 23 horas atrás

    hello, I am from Bangladesh

    • 23 horas atrás
  • amankumar875070
    amankumar875070
    • 23 horas atrás

    i joined hope i win

    • 23 horas atrás
  • AchiverDesigner
    AchiverDesigner
    • 1 día atrás

    I am from Pakistan and do not qualify to participate, I saw submission from the Indian designers and Bangladesh designers, this is not a good idea to start contest for designers from specific countries, this is world wide portal, designers from all countries are here and should have a chance to propose their idea.

    • 1 día atrás
  • Sumaakter98858
    Sumaakter98858
    • 1 día atrás

    hello, i am from Bangladesh can i participate?

    • 1 día atrás
  • janmenjaymishra2
    janmenjaymishra2
    • 1 día atrás

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    i want to join in this contest.

    • 1 día atrás
  • Ravneetrandev88
    Ravneetrandev88
    • 1 día atrás

    hlo everyone
    I'm very experienced in writing skills like article Or ghost writing.
    i also written some advertisement for shops and malls.
    if anyone interested in my work then message me guys.

    • 1 día atrás
  • fidamd6233
    fidamd6233
    • 1 día atrás

    Hello. Dear sir & mem. my name is fida champion. i am videoa editor &make. I live indya in new Delhi.

    • 1 día atrás
  • fidamd6233
    fidamd6233
    • 1 día atrás

    Hello. Dear sir & mem. my name is fida champion. i am videoa editor &make. I live indya in new Delhi.

    • 1 día atrás
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    imrankhan5665
    • 1 día atrás

    hello, I am ready to your job.....

    • 1 día atrás
    1. Malikishart35077
      Malikishart35077
      • 1 día atrás

      Hlw

      • 1 día atrás
  • sarabita03
    sarabita03
    • 1 mes atrás

    I am algerien PhD student, can i participante?

    • 1 mes atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 1 semana atrás

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 1 semana atrás
    2. okitoiaugustine6
      okitoiaugustine6
      • 1 día atrás

      I am intetested can i join one?

      • 1 día atrás
  • okitoiaugustine6
    okitoiaugustine6
    • 1 día atrás

    Hello am from Kenya i would like to participate in this contest.

    • 1 día atrás
  • WislyPanie0922
    WislyPanie0922
    • 1 día atrás

    hello, i will win this contest

    • 1 día atrás
  • Diimir
    Diimir
    • 1 día atrás

    Hi I am Talem from India I want to join in this contest

    • 1 día atrás
  • User555555
    User555555
    • 1 día atrás

    I am interested in this contest

    • 1 día atrás
  • Koldunov
    Koldunov
    • 1 día atrás

    Can people from Russia participate?

    • 1 día atrás
  • airletter71
    airletter71
    • 1 día atrás

    From Bangladesh

    • 1 día atrás
  • etieti6789
    etieti6789
    • 2 días atrás

    I am from Bangladesh.

    • 2 días atrás
  • GrafixImage
    GrafixImage
    • 4 días atrás

    Dear Contest holder, Many Talented Freelancers are unable to Submit their Entry as they Filtered by Country. We understand that you might have some legal issues for freelancers from undesignated country but If it is possible any way pls give us equal opportunities and Consider our Entries, Thankyou

    • 4 días atrás
  • jfsimon1981
    jfsimon1981
    • 4 días atrás

    Good morning,

    Very happy to see this quite interesting challenge.

    For technical questions and clarifications along the White paper, is this the right place to post ?

    If not can you please point out where to place the questions thank you.

    I do not understand the pricing on submitting an entry, is this supposed to be $ 10 000 or free pricing set by freelancers ?

    Thanks & see you,


    Jean-François Simon

    • 4 días atrás
  • suryasaradhi3
    suryasaradhi3
    • 5 días atrás

    Where to look for a team? I am from India and I am interested

    • 5 días atrás
  • IsaacIbm
    IsaacIbm
    • 6 días atrás

    hello I'm from Egypt can i join

    • 6 días atrás
  • rdrabla015
    rdrabla015
    • 3 semanas atrás

    Hi, I am from India. I'd like to join this and show my expertise over. Can I participate?

    • 3 semanas atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 2 semanas atrás

      India is not a designated country (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose captain is from the US or a designated country. The team must still abide by the following:

      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 2 semanas atrás
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 1 semana atrás

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 1 semana atrás
  • Kingharryjoe
    Kingharryjoe
    • 1 semana atrás

    HI, I am from nigeria can i participate

    • 1 semana atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 1 semana atrás

      Nigeria is not a designated country (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose captain is from the US or a designated country. The team must still abide by the following:

      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 1 semana atrás
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 1 semana atrás

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 1 semana atrás
  • korra76
    korra76
    • 2 semanas atrás

    Can I partecipate? I am from Italy

    • 2 semanas atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 1 semana atrás

      Italy is a designated country. However, please check the other Eligibility Requirements in the full contest brief to determine your eligibility to receive the contest award.

      • 1 semana atrás
  • chalexoan
    chalexoan
    • 3 semanas atrás

    Could you give us access to the Instruction Manual of the Protective Relays?

    • 3 semanas atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 2 semanas atrás

      We cannot provide you the manuals. To obtain manuals, you will need to contact the specific relay manufacturer or perform an internet search. Nearly all manuals are available online.

      • 2 semanas atrás
  • shadiajam
    shadiajam
    • 3 semanas atrás

    we are a group of Engineers (mechanical, automation, Programmers, electrical)
    we have a company in Turkey, we originally from Syrian can we send a white paper

    • 3 semanas atrás
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Organizador del concurso
      • 2 semanas atrás

      Both Turkey and Syria are not designated countries (per https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003). You cannot participate as an individual, however you can collaborate with a team whose captain is from the US or a designated country. The team must still abide by the following:

      Submissions must originate from either the US or a designated country (see definition of designated country at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/part-25#FAR_25_003), OR have been substantially transformed in the US or designated country prior to prototype delivery pursuant to FAR 25.403(c).

      In addition, check https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information to ensure that your country is not under country-specific sanctions.

      • 2 semanas atrás

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