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Electricity Infrastructure

Carl Imhoff


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Biography

With demand for electricity expected to grow nearly 30 percent by 2040, our nation's electric infrastructure needs substantial upgrades. Technological advancements that use information technology for greater sensing, communications, and control throughout the power system promise to make the current power infrastructure more effective and offer opportunities to improve overall performance through new, smart transmission, distribution, and generation assets.

PNNL is delivering the science, technology, and leadership to transform our nation's aging power grid into one that is clean, efficient, reliable, and resilient. Focused on the vital needs of the energy infrastructure, we are taking a system-wide approach to grid modernization to help realize the "smart grid" of tomorrow—where energy technology meets information technology through a network architecture as big as the Internet but faster, with unprecedented updates at all levels: generation, transmission, distribution, and end use.

Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium

The challenge to transform the U.S. power grid to meet the demands of the 21st century is daunting and urgent. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy harnessed the scientific and technical power of its national laboratory system with the formation of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC).

This strategic partnership between DOE and 13 of its national laboratories involves coordinating unique capabilities across collaborating institutions. As a part of this effort, PNNL researchers are helping develop the framework for U.S. industry and regulators to achieve a national power grid that seamlessly delivers clean and reliable electricity to people wherever they are, whenever they need it.

See a complete list of the GMLC projects that our researchers are working on.

  • Less Uncertainty, More Stability

    Less Uncertainty, More Stability

    PNNL research and technology are helping grid operators and planners worldwide to use best practices when integrating renewable sources into the grid. The research is featured in the new book, Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility in Power Grids.

  • IEEE Recognizes Paper on Innovative Tool for Validating and Calibrating Power Plant Models

    IEEE Recognizes Paper on Innovative Tool for Validating and Calibrating Power Plant Models

    A paper describing an open-source tool suite used to validate power plant models and calibrate inaccurate parameters was selected a best conference paper at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.

  • PNNL Developing Next-Generation Cyber Tools for the Power Grid

    PNNL Developing Next-Generation Cyber Tools for the Power Grid

    PNNL was recently selected by the Energy Department to lead six projects in support of early-stage cybersecurity research and development that will enhance critical U.S. energy infrastructure.

  • PNNL’s Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project

    VOLTTRON™ User Community Expands Overseas

    Researchers from the Korea Institute of Energy Research are collaborating with PNNL and using VOLTTRON™ to expand their energy management testbed in South Korea. The institute wants to create a community level energy management system using transactive control, similar to what PNNL is doing with the Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project.

  • Balancing Act: PNNL Study Featured in Bulk Power Systems Book

    Balancing Act: PNNL Study Featured in Bulk Power Systems Book

    A recent study by PNNL researchers is part of a new book about integrating renewable energy in bulk power systems. The study, "Balancing Authority Cooperation Concepts to Reduce Variable Generation Integration Costs in the Western Interconnection: Consolidating Balancing Authorities and Sharing Balancing Reserves," was published as Chapter 6 in the book Integration of Large-Scale Renewable Energy into Bulk Storage Systems.

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