Grid Modernization News

Explore our archive of grid modernization news stories.

Nov. 7, 2023

Scaling and Aggregation Supercharge Electric Vehicle Charging

The latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series by grid researcher Luke Lavin discusses the value of combining multiple distributed energy resources to effectively integrate them into the power grid.

Oct. 18, 2023

Electric Utility Companies and Co-Ops Can Unleash the Grid Edge With This Unique NREL Asset

There is a secret weapon for making the right distribution grid investments: the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) test bed at NREL.

Oct. 10, 2023

From Minor Player to Major League: Moving Beyond 4-Hour Energy Storage

A new report building on NREL's Storage Futures Study highlights challenges and opportunities to increase the value of longer-duration energy storage.

Sept. 26, 2023

New Modeling Approach Ensures All Community Members Are Considered in Electricity System Evolution

NREL's Elaine Hale discusses the importance of integrated modeling and analysis that capture the characteristics and behavior of multistakeholder systems with diverse objectives in how the electricity system evolves.

Aug. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Reveals Benefits of Hydropower for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Closed-loop pumped storage hydropower systems rank as having the lowest potential to add to the problem of global warming for energy storage when accounting for the full impacts of materials and construction, according to analysis conducted at NREL.

June 30, 2023

Power Electronics Workshop Invites Industry To Collaborate Around Grid Stability Challenges

Growth in renewable energy has initiated an era of power electronics for the grid, and engineers are grappling with the change.

May 23, 2023

NREL Adds Lab Space With New Building, Preps Other Projects

NREL's newest building, the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL), which will house multipurpose lab space, is the first laboratory building to open at NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus since the fall of 2013.

May 22, 2023

News Release: Inflation Reduction Act Invests $150 Million in NREL Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that NREL will begin work on a series of additions and improvements to two of its campuses made possible by $150 million in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

April 27, 2023

NREL Researchers Reveal Concept To Curb Need for Battery Storage

A delicate balancing act between the generation of renewable energy and the demand for that power could reduce the need for as much short-duration storage, according to a new proof-of-concept paper authored by researchers at NREL.

April 20, 2023

NREL and Partners Build All-Data Approach for Automated Grid Recovery

Power outages are on the rise in the United States, but so are technologies that help systems recover, like distributed energy and sensors.

April 13, 2023

Power System Operator Staff From Vietnam, Colombia, and Ukraine Visit NREL

The Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium hosted international partners for a study tour across Colorado and Arizona.

March 30, 2023

Combined 'SuperLab' Demonstrates Unique Hybrid Power Plant

For a 60-minute period in January 2023, a power plant like no other existed in the U.S. Mountain West.

March 28, 2023

Advanced Computing Powers 300-Plus Clean Energy Projects

In Fiscal Year 2022, NREL played a critical role in computing advancements for 300-plus clean energy research projects through high-performance computing (HPC), efficient data center operation, and state-of-the-art data visualization.

March 13, 2023

Unlocking Grid Potential Around the World with the Global Power System Transformation Consortium

In the latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series, Amy Rose, a senior grid researcher, discusses how the Global Power System Transformation Consortium is supporting power system operators around the world with achieving reliable, low-carbon grids.

Feb. 20, 2023

Cambium Offers Forward-Looking, Publicly Available Data To Build Into Grid Planning Workflows

In the latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series, energy systems researcher Pieter Gagnon describes the value of NREL's Cambium data sets for making decisions about the future grid.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

Jan. 30, 2023

Paul Denholm Distinguished as IEEE Fellow for Extraordinary Work in Renewable Energy

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Paul Denholm from NREL to be a 2023 fellow based on his contributions to energy storage and renewable energy systems.

Jan. 30, 2023

Puerto Rican Voices Propel PR100 Study Forward

The PR100 one-year update on progress made during the first year of this two-year, stakeholder-informed study was presented to the advisory group of stakeholders and then to the public in a webinar on Jan. 23.


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