NREL researchers work on advanced approaches to grid interconnection and control technologies, energy management, and grid support applications by performing testing, data visualization, modeling and analysis, and developing standards and codes. Through these efforts, NREL helps identify and address barriers to the interconnection of distributed energy resources.
We support the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Program and Wind Program by researching and developing technologies, systems, and methods to interconnect variable renewable energy with the electric power grid.
In addition, NREL works with the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability to develop operational concepts and technologies that will allow new technologies to be used to strengthen the power grid and improve its reliability.
NREL's distributed grid integration capabilities focus on several technology areas, with individual projects supporting them. These include the following: