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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.

  • Electric Metrics: First-Year Report Describes Metrics to Measure Grid Changes

    Electric Metrics: First-Year Report Describes Metrics to Measure Grid Changes

    A recently published report is bringing the electricity industry one step closer to determining how their investments might impact future power grid performance. The report summarizes the identification, development and description of key metrics that will help the industry measure change as the power grid evolves. These metrics address six of the characteristics important to operating the grid—reliability, resilience, flexibility, sustainability, affordability, and security.

  • Preparing for the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

    Preparing for the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition

    The first-ever Grid Optimization—or GO—Competition will challenge researchers and industry to develop and test power system optimization and control tools to accelerate new solutions for the nation’s power grid. Competition development was led by a research team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with support from the Department of Energy.

  • Carl Imhoff

    Leader of PNNL Electricity Infrastructure Research Discusses Grid Modernization with U.S. Senate

    Carl Imhoff, leader of power grid research at PNNL and co-chair of DOE's Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, testified on grid modernization before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 14, 2017. He was one of seven witnesses who provided testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure.

  • Regional Project Reveals the Potential of Transactive Control

    Regional Project Reveals the Potential of Transactive Control

    Recent results from two PNNL experiments show promise for advancing both the "clean" and "transactive" aspects of energy management—at the intersection of buildings, the power grid, and distributed energy resources.

  • Ahmed Elected to Third Term on International Association of Management of Technology Board of Directors

    Ahmed Elected to Third Term on International Association of Management of Technology Board of Directors

    Osman Ahmed was re-elected to the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) Board of Directors.

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