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Basic Research Needs for Autonomous Energy Grids

This summary report of the September 2017 Workshop on Autonomous Energy Grids covers challenges and opportunities for future energy systems.

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Advanced Grid-Friendly Controls for Utility-Scale PV Power Plants

In this project, two utility-scale PV plants demonstrated the ability to provide essential reliability services for the grid, including spinning reserves, load following, ramping, frequency response, variability smoothing, frequency regulation, and power quality. Learn more

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.