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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.

  • PNNL’s Clean Energy and Transactive Campus project

    VOLTTRON™ User Community Expands Oversees

    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.

  • PNNL Co-Hosts International Energy Workshop with the University of Maryland

    PNNL Co-Hosts International Energy Workshop with the University of Maryland

    PNNL and the University of Maryland co-hosted the International Energy Workshop, where engineers, economists and earth system scientists discussed a broad range of topics within energy systems modeling. PNNL's Michael Kintner-Meyer, Ghassem Asrar, and Jae Edmonds chaired the July 2017 event alongside Leon Clark of the Joint Global Change Institute and Nathan Hultman of the University of Maryland.

  • Jeff Dagle

    PNNL's Dagle Contributes Grid Expertise to National Academies Report

    Jeff Dagle, Chief Engineer at PNNL, served on a committee that developed a National Academies' report on resilience of the U.S. power transmission and distribution system. Dagle and two other committee members, Dr. M. Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University and Bill Sanders of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, presented the report to Congress and the Department of Energy.

  • 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.

  • 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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