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.

Recommended Skills

Public Clarification Board

  • kunderjoyi
    kunderjoyi
    • 1 day ago

    Hello Contest Holder,

    I've seen that you are deleting my comments.

    But please understand that what I'm saying is for the sake of this contest.

    No one is going to participate in this contest unless you make changes to the brief. The contest has already ran for more that 3+ months. Still you don't have any good entries... The reason for this is your crazy requirements. Instead of demotivating people from participating this contest by saying you are not from a designated or not eligible by some means, please find a way to include everyone. You're saying to find a team headed by someone else from US? But you're not saying how to find one? Also who wants to share their ideas and prize with someone from US?

    You are ignoring my warnings.

    • 1 day ago
    1. kunderjoyi
      kunderjoyi
      • 1 day ago

      This contest holder is funny and crazy!
      You're giving reply to people who doesn't know what to submit on a contest.
      As I told you there are no good problem solvers here!

      Check out entries here on:

      https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Expose-the-Freelancercom-Logo-to-Win-US-in-Prizes-1970212?w=f&ngsw-bypass=

      • 1 day ago
    2. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 14 hours ago

      Thank you for your interest in this challenge. We will get back to you on our next business day.

      • 14 hours ago
  • dogeloneth
    dogeloneth
    • 1 day ago

    Can I participate?

    • 1 day ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 18 hours ago

      Thank you for your question. We have forwarded it to the appropriate Challenge Team member and will get back to you as soon as possible.

      • 18 hours ago
  • etieti6789
    etieti6789
    • 1 week ago

    Hi I am Asma, I am Bangladeshi, can I participate in this competition?

    • 1 week ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 days ago

      Hi Asma,

      Thank you for your interest in this contest. Bangladesh is a designated country and submissions can originate from designated countries.

      However, please check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 2 days ago
  • mstrebekak7
    mstrebekak7
    • 1 week ago

    Hi I am Rebeka, I am Bangladeshi, I want to participate in this competition Can I participate in this competition?

    • 1 week ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 2 days ago

      Hi, Rebeka.

      Thank you for your interest in this contest. Bangladesh is a designated country and submissions can originate from designated countries.

      However, please check the full Eligibility Requirements in the Challenge Brief to ensure you are eligible to participate.

      • 2 days ago
  • AliDowidar1991
    AliDowidar1991
    • 4 days ago

    is egypt a designated country?

    • 4 days ago
  • aref88
    aref88
    • 1 week ago

    Hi there!

    I am Aref from Bangladesh I can design several solutions for this:

    1. Using commercial software (customized for this project)
    2. Develope software from scratch.

    Which option will get more points, It is not clear to me, can you please clarify on this?

    Thank you.

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

      Hi, Aref. Thank you for your interest in the contest and for your question. We have forwarded it to the appropriate Challenge Team member and will get back to you as soon as possible.

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

    Hi all,

    Due to some unforeseen conflicts, we have changed the date of the webinar to Wednesday, July 21st at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

    RSVP Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hjm1WHSsTLu9A54e-ZnD1A

    This webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about the internship and new grad career opportunities at the Bureau of Reclamation and gather information about the AMPS Challenge directly from Nathan Myers P.E., Manager of Hydropower Diagnostics and SCADA Group from the Bureau of Reclamation.

    If you have any questions for the Bureau of Reclamation, you can send them to reclamation@freelancer.com in advance or post them here to make sure they will be answered during the webinar.

    We hope to see you there!

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

    Hi all,

    Freelancer.com and the Bureau of Reclamation are hosting a LIVE WEBINAR for Engineering Students and New Grads on Wed, July 14 @ 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET.

    RSVP HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hjm1WHSsTLu9A54e-ZnD1A

    Learn what skills employers are looking for in students or new grads, and how you can showcase your knowledge now - and potentially win the AMPS Challenge.

    If you think this webinar can benefit you, RSVP now before places fill up!

    • 2 weeks ago
  • KareemKundi000
    KareemKundi000
    • 2 weeks ago

    Is it possible for me to participate in this contest?

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

      Hi Kareem, please review the rules in the contest details to see whether you can participate.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • mahmoudlotfi
    mahmoudlotfi
    • 1 month 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.

    • 1 month ago
    1. mahmoudlotfi
      mahmoudlotfi
      • 4 weeks ago

      thanks.

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

      I am from Egypt can I participate as an individual?

      • 2 weeks ago
  • maqsudbd
    maqsudbd
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hi there!

    I can design several solutions for this challenge:

    1. Using commercial software (customized for this project)
    2. Developing software from scratch.

    Which option will get more points (provided both solutions can give same result)? It is not clear to me, can you please clarify on this?

    Thanks in advance.

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

      Hi Mohammad, thank you for your interest. We have forwarded your question to the Reclamation team and will provide you with a response as soon as available.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • Kingharryjoe
    Kingharryjoe
    • 3 weeks ago

    Iam from Nigeria can i participate?

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

      Hi Harry,
      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 participate in the contest by collaborating 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 weeks ago
  • jimdsouza1
    jimdsouza1
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hello! This contest is completely outside my field, but yet it interests me. I have read below in this clarification board that I can be part of the team, who's Captain is from the USA. I would definitely like to join such a team, and at least try to understand, where seems to be the challenge and the problem you all seem to face. then try working on a solution. If you have a team for me, please invite me. Thank you! Regards.

    • 3 weeks ago
  • GangPandey85
    GangPandey85
    • 4 weeks ago

    Hi, I'm an engineer from India.

    I'm an expert in designing systems and after reading the brief I came to realize that I have plenty of ideas in mind to build one. Is it possible for me to participate in this project?

    I love contribute to this project!

    Let me know.
    Thanks.

    • 4 weeks ago
    1. @poweredbyFLN ..
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      Hi Gangadhar,
      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 participate in the contest by collaborating 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 weeks ago
  • hemedmechanical
    hemedmechanical
    • 1 month ago

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

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

      Hi Kassim,
      Tanzania is a designated country.

      However, please also 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 month ago
  • akmalfareed66
    akmalfareed66
    • 2 months ago

    Can I partecipate? I am from pakistan

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

      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.

      • 1 month ago
  • Kubragull
    Kubragull
    • 1 month ago

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

    • 1 month ago
  • nickender
    nickender
    • 1 month 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 month ago
  • Anantakd
    Anantakd
    • 1 month ago

    hi

    • 1 month ago
  • venky871
    venky871
    • 1 month 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

    • 1 month ago
  • chalexoan
    chalexoan
    • 2 months 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.

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

      Part 3:
      To determine the most appropriate model of CT to be installed, we know that during normal operation we can expect to see anywhere from 0 to 5 amps on the secondary (relay side) of the CT circuit and up to 40V. However, during a fault, up to 20 times rated current could flow in the secondary, thus CT current may go up to 100 amps (20 x 5 amps nominal). While the CT is outputting 20 times it rating it output voltage will also increase up to about 1,800 for a C800 CT. Note: accurate measurement by the "V&I" box are not required for these fault events. These values are summarized in Figure 2.

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

      • 1 month ago
  • mosarafjt1665
    mosarafjt1665
    • 1 month 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

    • 1 month ago
  • likith1337
    likith1337
    • 2 months 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

    • 2 months ago
    1. Watsonb
      Watsonb
      • 1 month ago

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

      • 1 month ago
  • bhimkantdhital
    bhimkantdhital
    • 2 months ago

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

    • 2 months ago
  • Rajivsahu7948
    Rajivsahu7948
    • 2 months ago

    its good

    • 2 months ago
  • minafreig
    minafreig
    • 2 months 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.

    • 2 months ago
  • nurjusia
    nurjusia
    • 2 months ago

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

    • 2 months ago
  • Karmavil
    Karmavil
    • 2 months 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?

    • 2 months ago
    1. Karmavil
      Karmavil
      • 2 months ago

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

      • 2 months ago
  • jfsimon1981
    jfsimon1981
    • 2 months 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

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

      • 2 months ago
  • asifaizan123
    asifaizan123
    • 2 months ago

    IM Muhammad Faizan Asif I want To Jion

    • 2 months ago
  • ashishsr847688
    ashishsr847688
    • 2 months ago

    Hi I am Ashish Singh I want to join

    • 2 months ago

Show more comments

How to get started with contests

  • Post your contest

    Post Your Contest Quick and easy

  • Get tons of entries

    Get Tons of Entries From around the world

  • Award the best entry

    Award the best entry Download the files - Easy!

Post a Contest Now or Join us Today!