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

  • Status: Open
  • Prize: $10000
  • Entries Received: 4

Contest Brief

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)

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQ first: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SCm5fOIMbnfRVVbP9ESV9X78TlHXN8Wd/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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Public Clarification Board

  • Kubragull
    Kubragull
    • 1 day ago

    Hello! I'm working pls don't close the contest before time.

    • 1 day ago
  • hemedmechanical
    hemedmechanical
    • 1 day ago

    Hi There, I am from Tanzania, am I eligible to join ?

    • 1 day ago
  • kunderjoyi
    kunderjoyi
    • 6 days ago

    can we participate. we have good ideas. please allow anyone from any country to participate. please.

    • 6 days ago
  • kunderjoyi
    kunderjoyi
    • 1 week ago

    Is it possible for anyone from any country to participate in the contest? We have great ideas to suggest, but the country constraints are preventing us from participating. Please lift off country requirement so that anyone from any country can also participate.

    If you stick to such unnecessary requirements then no one is going to participate.

    Thanks.

    • 1 week ago
  • chalexoan
    chalexoan
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, I have one question. It is possible to know the CT model in figure 3 of the full contest brief? Because I don't understand the values in figure 2.

    • 1 month ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Part 4:
      The 3 CTs are connected to the box labeled "V&I." This box will need to be specified and developed as part of the competition (CTprize). The box will be used to measure the burden or load of the CT. CTprize will need to measure the CT output voltage and current (magnitude and phase angle) to calculate the load/burden connected to the CT. The CT prize shown in figure 2 should have a high impedance to measure the voltage. It measures the secondary CT current via its own measurement CT shown as a loop around the secondary circuit in both figure 2 and 3.

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. kunderjoyi
      kunderjoyi
      • 1 week ago

      Is it possible for anyone from any country to participate in the contest? We have great ideas to suggest, but the country constraints are preventing us from participating. Please lift off country requirement so that we can also participate.

      Thanks.

      • 1 week ago
  • nickender
    nickender
    • 1 week ago

    I see, installing a cascade of OCT directly on the primary lines and creating AMPS them is prohibited by the founding fathers? Or is keeping the Mesozoic era junk part of the task? #increaseprize x10

    • 1 week ago
  • Anantakd
    Anantakd
    • 2 weeks ago

    hi

    • 2 weeks ago
  • mahmoudlotfi
    mahmoudlotfi
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi , in figure 1 : conceptual design. 11G is multifunctional device for generator or ground fault , I just need the functionality of this device , and how many cts an pts connected to it.

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. mahmoudlotfi
      mahmoudlotfi
      • 2 weeks ago

      page #9, Address additional maintenance procedures from the NERC PRC-005-6: this testing will be performed online "during operation" or when the circuit breaker in testing condition, and how do you recommend access to contact point to perform the testing.

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. mahmoudlotfi
      mahmoudlotfi
      • 2 weeks ago

      in the box labeled "V&I." This box can measure the burden or load of the CT by v&I(RMS) magnitude and power would be enough and can substitute v&I phase angle.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • venky871
    venky871
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi my name is Venkatesh. My background is in embedded systems and microcontrollers.Please reach out to me I any team is having requirement of this skills

    • 2 weeks ago
  • mosarafjt1665
    mosarafjt1665
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hi I am Mosaraf hossian from Bangladesh. I am a Automobile Mechanic, I have done three years trade course on automobile include basic machinshop job, wielding, technical drawing and I am a professional graphic designer. So I can do........contest.
    Mosaraf

    • 3 weeks ago
  • kunderjoyi
    kunderjoyi
    • 3 weeks ago

    Can anyone participate in this contest? I can see that only designated countries are allowed. Why is that so? Ideas are important regardless of the origin, right? If so I'm interested in participating the contest. Please invite entries from all countries. Thus you will get a lot more talented people and their ideas. We have a team of engineers and we are interested in participating... Please give us a chance~

    • 3 weeks ago
  • likith1337
    likith1337
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hello, I'm Likith from India. Would like to take part in this contest as a teammate. I can cover the programming part and give good creative ideas. So If you're looking for a teammate. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. Watsonb
      Watsonb
      • 3 weeks ago

      Oh really! We Americans are not that good at coding. We really need you for this project.

      • 3 weeks ago
  • bhimkantdhital
    bhimkantdhital
    • 1 month ago

    Hello, I am from Nepal.developing country.
    I am willing to be part of a team, please advise on how to participate?

    • 1 month ago
  • Rajivsahu7948
    Rajivsahu7948
    • 1 month ago

    its good

    • 1 month ago
  • minafreig
    minafreig
    • 1 month ago

    Hello, I am from Egypt which is not a designated country.
    I am willing to be part of a team, please advise on how to participate?
    Thank you.

    • 1 month ago
  • akmalfareed66
    akmalfareed66
    • 1 month ago

    Can I partecipate? I am from pakistan

    • 1 month ago
  • nurjusia
    nurjusia
    • 1 month ago

    Hi i'm from indonesia and I interested to the join. what can I participat in this challengge

    • 1 month ago
  • Karmavil
    Karmavil
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, this contest really exceed my knowledge nevertheless I would love to read the proposals but I don't see any.

    First comment was 2 months ago, 1st webinar last month, deadline: "September 3, 2021, winners are planned to be announced on July 11, 2022".

    Pardon me but I am a bit confuse, is September 3 the deadline for the white paper (Phase1)?
    Is the proposal the white paper and further steps has different deadlines beyond the proposal?

    I don't want to make you lose your time I don't need the dates to participate, I just want to know why there is no proposals at all. Is it too soon, too late, or we are on time?

    • 1 month ago
    1. Karmavil
      Karmavil
      • 1 month ago

      Oh I see.. there were rejected.. Also the webinar agenda mention this topics so .. forget it

      • 1 month ago
  • jfsimon1981
    jfsimon1981
    • 1 month ago

    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

    • 1 month ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Jean-François, yes you can post any technical questions here as well and we will get back to you with a vetted answer from the Reclamation team. It is always free to submit an entry, and there will be up to 10 winners from the Whitepaper phase, each receiving up to $10,000 USD as a prize (hence the figure you see on this page). Hope that clears things up. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask here!

      • 1 month ago
  • asifaizan123
    asifaizan123
    • 1 month ago

    IM Muhammad Faizan Asif I want To Jion

    • 1 month ago
  • ashishsr847688
    ashishsr847688
    • 1 month ago

    Hi I am Ashish Singh I want to join

    • 1 month ago
  • Vishal756gd
    Vishal756gd
    • 1 month ago

    This is a very good project Thanks you sir .
    This project is very important for future . if give me any one chance I can't disappointed you . If you join me in this team I am 100% sure if fell happy...

    • 1 month ago
  • Komalkhankomal24
    Komalkhankomal24
    • 1 month ago

    helo I am interested

    • 1 month ago
  • shruthi200
    shruthi200
    • 1 month ago

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

    • 1 month ago
    1. rakeshsahoo01997
      rakeshsahoo01997
      • 1 month ago

      don't worry u can join the contest..

      • 1 month ago
    2. Komalkhankomal24
      Komalkhankomal24
      • 1 month ago

      helo

      • 1 month ago
  • sudzempire
    sudzempire
    • 1 month ago

    yes

    • 1 month ago
    1. sudzempire
      sudzempire
      • 1 month ago

      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

      • 1 month ago
    2. yunusolayinkaism
      yunusolayinkaism
      • 1 month ago

      Can I join you as a Team? ..from Nigeria. pls sir

      • 1 month ago
  • Francawilling
    Francawilling
    • 1 month ago

    Please how do I join a team. From Nigeria

    • 1 month ago
    1. rakeshsahoo01997
      rakeshsahoo01997
      • 1 month ago

      yes

      • 1 month ago
  • mabir2220
    mabir2220
    • 1 month ago

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

    • 1 month ago
  • Aminul5435
    Aminul5435
    • 1 month ago

    I am from Bangladesh.I am interested.

    • 1 month ago
  • carinajr
    carinajr
    • 1 month ago

    hello, I am from Bangladesh

    • 1 month ago
  • amankumar875070
    amankumar875070
    • 1 month ago

    i joined hope i win

    • 1 month ago
  • AchiverDesigner
    AchiverDesigner
    • 1 month ago

    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 month ago
  • janmenjaymishra2
    janmenjaymishra2
    • 1 month ago

    Hi sir,
    i want to join in this contest.

    • 1 month ago
  • imrankhan5665
    imrankhan5665
    • 1 month ago

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

    • 1 month ago
    1. Malikishart35077
      Malikishart35077
      • 1 month ago

      Hlw

      • 1 month ago
  • sarabita03
    sarabita03
    • 2 months ago

    I am algerien PhD student, can i participante?

    • 2 months ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 1 month ago
    2. okitoiaugustine6
      okitoiaugustine6
      • 1 month ago

      I am intetested can i join one?

      • 1 month ago
  • okitoiaugustine6
    okitoiaugustine6
    • 1 month ago

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

    • 1 month ago

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