CyboSoft Awarded a New Grant by the U.S. Department of Energy
May 22, 2012– CyboSoft (Rancho Cordova, California) today announced that it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant entitled, “Self-Organizing Sensing and Actuation for Advanced Process Control”. The R&D work can result in a novel advanced process control architecture with Self-Organizing Sensing (SOS) and Self-Organizing Actuation (SOA) methods, technologies, and products. They can make a big impact on the industry and help the U.S. strengthen its energy security, economic health, and movement towards a cleaner environment.
CyboSoft CEO Dr. George Cheng said, “We are honored to receive this new grant from DOE. It is an exciting yet difficult project as we need to develop a novel control architecture that departs from traditional process control. CyboSoft has a good track record in solving industry-wide problems with innovative ideas. We look forward to the new challenges. ”
In the foreseeable future, the energy needed to support our economic growth will continue to come mainly from coal, our nation’s most abundant and lowest cost resource. The performance of coal-fired power plants is highly dependent on coordinated and integrated sensing, control, and actuation technologies and products. As new power generation technologies and systems mature, the plant that encompasses these systems will become inherently complex. The traditional process control architecture that includes a conventional process layer, sensing layer, control layer, and actuation layer is no longer sufficient. In order to manage complexity, the process control architecture that supports the plant control systems need to evolve to manage the complexity and achieve optimal performance.
In this grant project, CyboSoft will develop a novel process control architecture based on distributed intelligence and self-organizing methodologies that can distribute and use the intelligence in the sensing and actuation levels to manage complexity and solve real process control problems. It is called Self-Organizing Process Control Architecture that can enable distributed intelligence at all levels, and allow the sensing and actuation networks to function in a self-organizing manner.
The overall objective of this multi-phase SBIR effort is to research, design, develop, test, evaluate, benchmark, and bring to production a novel advanced process control architecture that includes (1) Self-Organizing Sensing (SOS), and (2) Self-Organizing Actuation (SOA) methods, technologies, and commercial products.
The SBIR and STTR grants are designed to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. In 2012, The Department of Energy evaluated 764 grant applications for its SBIR Phase I Release 2 grant solicitation. Among them, 64 applications were selected to receive SBIR Phase I grants and 11 applications were selected to receive STTR Phase I grants.
CyboSoft, General Cybernation Group, Inc., is the leader in control technology serving the worldwide process control, building control, and equipment control markets. CyboSoft’s patented Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology for automatically controlling physical processes is a major breakthrough. No other comparable technology possesses all the attributes of MFA. CyboSoft received the 2007 Frost & Sullivan “North America Technology Leadership Award” in the field of Industrial Automation.
CyboSoft's mission is to embed the appropriate MFA controllers in instruments, equipment, tools, software platforms, and automation systems of brand-name suppliers in targeted industries, application areas, and market segments. MFA controllers are replacing PID controllers on a very large scale and are also used for controlling those loops that are now in manual control. This revolutionary technology allows users to achieve significant economic benefits and technological advantages to better compete in this global economy.
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