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Electricity Infrastructure

The Electricity Infrastructure group develops integrated systems to monitor and diagnose the operating state of complex engineered processes. These processes range from electrical and thermal power generation and distribution to the end use of energy in industrial and residential facilities. The goals of our research are to reduce energy consumption, improve the stability and reliability of our nation's energy infrastructures, and improve the general quality of life. Our systems may be as small as a heat pump that can fit into the palm of your hand, or as large in scale as real-time monitoring of the electrical grid that provides power to the western United States.

Our group consists of more than 70 highly qualified researchers performing contract funded R&D for both the U.S. Government and commercial clients. The scope of our offerings ranges from consulting services and technical assessments to the development and deployment of complex control and diagnostic systems.

The Electricity Infrastructure group is part of the Energy and Environment Directorate of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  • Grid Smart: Special Issue Features PNNL Transactive Energy Expertise

    Grid Smart: Special Issue Features PNNL Transactive Energy Expertise

    Widespread communications, distributed energy resources, and new control paradigms present both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to energy use and management. The December 2016 issue of IEEE's Electrification Magazine focuses on transactive energy, an emerging energy management approach to bridge this divide, with contributions from several PNNL staff.

  • Grid Architecture: Building Consensus for Grid Modernization

    Grid Architecture: Building Consensus for Grid Modernization

    A research team led by power grid experts from PNNL has developed tools that the electricity industry needs to manage the mounting complexity of the nation's power grid. They developed several key products that will help industry decision makers—such as regulators, utilities, and technology developers—develop a consensus for grid modernization and provide a common basis for new investments, technology development, and products and services.

  • Workshop Pursues Framework for Building Better Grid Tools

    Workshop Pursues Framework for Building Better Grid Tools

    A recent gathering of industry and research experts at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory took important steps toward creating advanced computational tools to analyze and support power grid operation and planning, which ultimately will help ensure the grid’s reliability and efficiency.

  • Yousu Chen

    Yousu Chen Receives IEEE Leadership Award

    PNNL engineer Yousu Chen received the 2016 IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Leadership Award for his contributions to high-performance computing applications, power system operations and decision support, and power system simulations, as well as his leadership efforts that have resulted in increased IEEE member engagement and collaboration.

  • New PNNL Computing Project to Tackle Grid Modernization at Warp Speed

    New PNNL Computing Project to Tackle Grid Modernization at Warp Speed

    To solve our nation's most complex problems—such as clean energy, cyber security, and climate change—the ability to quickly and accurately connect and evaluate numerous variables is vital. With funding from DOE's Exascale Computing Project, researchers at PNNL are enabling super-fast calculations to help support grid operators. How fast? One quintillion calculations per second.

  •  Xiaoliang Wei Wins Early Career Achievement Award

    Xiaoliang Wei Wins Early Career Achievement Award

    Energy Processes and Materials Scientist Xiaoliang Wei receives Ronald L. Brodzinski Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award for work on redox flow batteries for grid energy storage applications.

  • Guide for Documentation and Validation of Energy Storage System Safety

    Guide for Documentation and Validation of Energy Storage System Safety

    Many energy storage technologies coming to market are relatively new and, as such, are not specifically covered by safety-related codes and standards. The newly released Energy Storage System Guide for Compliance with Safety Codes and Standards helps fill the gap by facilitating the documentation and validation of safety until current codes and standards can ‘catch up’ with the technology by providing the specific criteria applicable to newer energy storage systems.

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