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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.

  • 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.

  • Emissions Calculator for Modern Grid Investments

    Emissions Calculator for Modern Grid Investments

    The use of "smart grid" technologies can impact carbon emissions—but by how much? A new Emissions Quantification Tool, developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, can estimate the answer to that question. The free, web-based tool enables utilities and industry to not only evaluate the environmental impact, but also the operational data to justify the investment.

  • PNNL Research Sparks Discussions at 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting

    PNNL Research Sparks Discussions at 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting

    With strong national support for cleaner and more reliable electricity, attendees at this year’s 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting are rallying around the theme “Paving the Way for Grid Modernization.” This week, dozens of PNNL researchers discuss advances from their investigations into transmission system reliability and advanced computing, to transactive controls, smart grid, energy storage, and more.

  • Grid Contingency Analysis Software Helps Prevent Cascading Failures

    Grid Contingency Analysis Software Helps Prevent Cascading Failures

    The Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool is a software package designed for electrical utility companies to better understand power system failures during extreme events, thus reducing the likelihood of cascading power losses or blackouts. The tool could help utilities comply with new planning requirements.

  • IEEE Power & Energy Magazine’s May/June cover

    Transactive Times: Three PNNL Researchers Featured in Special Issue

    The May/June 2016 issue of IEEE's Power & Energy Magazine focuses on a topic that the grid gurus at PNNL hold dear: transactive energy. Three of PNNL's own leaders in the transactive energy continuum are featured in the issue, which may help demystify transactive energy and put it on the map as a novel approach for energy management.

  • Jeff Dagle

    A Modern Grid is a Resilient One

    The National Academy of Engineering selected Jeff Dagle, Chief Electrical Engineer at PNNL, for its electricity resilience committee. Dagle is the sole national laboratory member of the committee, which is comprised of a dozen representatives from academia and industry. He leads a wide range of PNNL's grid modernization efforts related to transmission reliability and control system security.

  • Jim Follum and John Pierre

    PNNL Engineer Wins Award for Best Conference Paper

    PNNL researcher Jim Follum, and his collaborator at the University of Wyoming, won one of four Power Energy Society ‘Best of the Best Conference Paper' Awards, from 1,600 submissions. Their paper focuses on detecting forced oscillations with a time-localization algorithm.

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