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

  • Статус: Open
  • Награды: $10000
  • Полученные заявки: 3

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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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  • jfsimon1981
    jfsimon1981
    • 31 мин. назад

    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

    • 31 мин. назад
  • suryasaradhi3
    suryasaradhi3
    • 13 часов назад

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

    • 13 часов назад
  • IsaacIbm
    IsaacIbm
    • 1 день назад

    hello I'm from Egypt can i join

    • 1 день назад
  • sarabita03
    sarabita03
    • 1 месяц назад

    I am algerien PhD student, can i participante?

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Algeria 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.

      • 3 недель назад
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 2 дня(-ей) назад

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 2 дня(-ей) назад
  • rdrabla015
    rdrabla015
    • 2 недель назад

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

    • 2 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      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.

      • 1 неделя назад
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 2 дня(-ей) назад

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 2 дня(-ей) назад
  • Kingharryjoe
    Kingharryjoe
    • 2 дня(-ей) назад

    HI, I am from nigeria can i participate

    • 2 дня(-ей) назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 2 дня(-ей) назад

      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.

      • 2 дня(-ей) назад
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 2 дня(-ей) назад

      Are you interested in joining a team?

      • 2 дня(-ей) назад
  • korra76
    korra76
    • 1 неделя назад

    Can I partecipate? I am from Italy

    • 1 неделя назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      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 неделя назад
  • chalexoan
    chalexoan
    • 3 недель назад

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

    • 3 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      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.

      • 1 неделя назад
  • shadiajam
    shadiajam
    • 2 недель назад

    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

    • 2 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      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.

      • 1 неделя назад
  • alarttosjpg8
    alarttosjpg8
    • 2 недель назад

    If someone from Egypt can contribute?

    • 2 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      You can as part of a team. Egypt 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 неделя назад
  • alefyakarim
    alefyakarim
    • 2 недель назад

    i am from India. i am interested.

    • 2 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 1 неделя назад

      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.

      • 1 неделя назад
  • jameswilltech
    jameswilltech
    • 1 неделя назад

    The country system is really not a good thing, as we are woking on a platform where there are people from all over the world... It would be best to allow all the people from all over the world to contribute ideas into this project.

    • 1 неделя назад
  • sasaamragy
    sasaamragy
    • 2 недель назад

    Hi there , the The presence of a designated country condition will be a reason not to participate with many Freelancers from several countries and thus lose a lot of distinctive ideas. Me and my team are from Egypt, and it seems that I am not allowed to participate because of this condition, and it is very difficult to get an individual from outside Egypt even Participate with us .. can only facilitate this matter so that we can participate.

    • 2 недель назад
  • alefyakarim
    alefyakarim
    • 2 недель назад

    hi can i join?

    • 2 недель назад
  • somratsikder
    somratsikder
    • 1 месяц назад

    Is this contest related to the NASA NOIS2 contracts?

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. Co-Pilot:George E.
      Co-Pilot:George E.
      • 2 недель назад

      Yes. This contest is sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation in partnership with the NASA Tournament Lab.

      • 2 недель назад
  • yopiealdianto00
    yopiealdianto00
    • 3 недель назад

    How about Indonesian ?
    I have many connections on here

    • 3 недель назад
  • hemelhafiz
    hemelhafiz
    • 3 недель назад

    I am from Bangladesh, participate?

    • 3 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Bangladesh is a designated country. 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).
      However, please check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 3 недель назад
  • hemelhafiz
    hemelhafiz
    • 1 месяц назад

    I am MBA master's complete, Can a Bangladeshi citizen participate in it??

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. mdf328143
      mdf328143
      • 1 месяц назад

      I am from Bangladesh

      • 1 месяц назад
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Bangladesh is a designated country. 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).
      However, please check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 3 недель назад
  • IsraelCruvel
    IsraelCruvel
    • 1 месяц назад

    I am from Brazil, participate?

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Brazil 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.

      • 3 недель назад
  • moOka2
    moOka2
    • 4 недель назад

    Hello, can I join you? .. Maybe it will be my first success here ?

    • 4 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Definitely, you are most welcome to make a submission! Please also check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 3 недель назад
  • xoniaxajid
    xoniaxajid
    • 1 месяц назад

    i am from Pakistan .csn i participate in this?

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Pakistan 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.

      • 3 недель назад
  • houdabelmaati
    houdabelmaati
    • 1 месяц назад

    Hello, Please can i participate from Morocco ??

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      Morocco is a designated country. 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).
      However, please check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 3 недель назад
  • @poweredbyFLN ..
    Организатор конкурса
    • 1 месяц назад

    Great news! Our latest contest in partnership with Arrow Electronics and sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation in partnership with the NASA Tournament Lab is now GUARANTEED.

    Up to 10 winners will win $10,000 each for submitting successful white papers!
    Win phase 1 and you’ll be able to move onto phase 2 for a chance to win up to $100,000.

    Join our Webinar on April 7th, 1PM-2PM PT/4-5PM ET to learn more about what Reclamation seeks from the solutions in order to submit the winning entry. The Webinar is a great opportunity to get clarifications on the contest.

    RSVP HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rbBXxZibSfuqFvKTC6aRRg

    Reply to this post with your questions and we'll answer them in the Q&A period of the event!

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. muhammadahmad763
      muhammadahmad763
      • 4 недель назад

      I am sorry I missed the Webinar. Can you please provide the link of the recorded Webinar (if possible) so that the late-comers may know the Project in bit of depth...

      • 4 недель назад
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      If you missed the Webinar on April 7, or want a refresher, here is a link to the recorded session: https://bit.ly/3wIBaZY

      • 3 недель назад
  • kumarsumandas99
    kumarsumandas99
    • 3 недель назад

    I am sorry for miss the webinar. Can i join again.

    • 3 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      If you missed the first Webinar on April 7, here is a link to the recorded session: https://bit.ly/3wIBaZY

      • 3 недель назад
  • roshercruz
    roshercruz
    • 3 недель назад

    Is this contest still available now? Are there any deadlines?

    • 3 недель назад
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Организатор конкурса
      • 3 недель назад

      The contest closes for judging on September 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. You can find the full schedule in the linked Challenge Brief: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KmqQgIrKE0BiebPjo5O9snN6w-FiDzfx/view (also at the top of the Contest Details page)

      • 3 недель назад
  • tbrehman2
    tbrehman2
    • 1 месяц назад

    I want to participate. Please allow me

    • 1 месяц назад
    1. sakibkhanndoffic
      sakibkhanndoffic
      • 1 месяц назад

      hmm

      • 1 месяц назад

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