Transformative Research: University of South Carolina Secures $9.99M Contract for Advancing Digital Twins in Navy Energy Systems
University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, is awarded a $9,997,059 cost reimbursement contract for the Advanced Controls and Decision Aids Based on Digital Twins for Power and Energy Systems effort. This contract provides for science and technology research into digital twin and advanced control technologies that have the potential to improve the performance of shipboard Navy power and energy systems through better tactical energy management decisions and a reduced cognitive burden on shipboard operators. This project will develop and demonstrate the application of digital twin technologies for Navy power and energy systems, primarily by providing advanced controls and user decision aids applicable to use cases pertinent to the Navy. Work will be performed in Columbia, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed in November 2026. The total cumulative value, including a 36-month base period with no option periods, is $9,997,059. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,997,059 are obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-23-S-B001 entitled “Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.” Since proposals are received throughout the year under the Long-Range BAA, the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-24-C-1301).