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NREL advances critical science and technology through innovative research and development to improve the nation's electrical grid infrastructure, making it more flexible, reliable, resilient, secure, and sustainable.

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NREL Algorithms Move out of the Lab and into the Real World

A small Colorado utility sets a national example for grid control.

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Autonomous Energy Grids

Self-driving power systems will efficiently match bidirectional energy supply and demand.

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Energy Systems Integration Newsletter

Stay up to date on grid modernization research with this monthly recap of news from the lab and around the world.

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NREL grid research is led by the Power Systems Engineering Center under the direction of Ben Kroposki. The center is part of the Energy Systems Integration directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres. NREL's grid research is aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.