Power Systems Design and Studies
NREL develops new tools, algorithms, and methods for designing and studying the electric power system at all scales. This includes market design and performance evaluations; and planning, operations, and protection studies.
Current design and planning tools for the electric grid cannot handle uncertainty, rely on simplifying the underlying physics of power systems, and are typically run on desktop personal computers or small servers. NREL is tackling this challenge by leveraging the lab's high-performance computing capabilities to accommodate the increasing complexity of the grid.
Power system simulation
The largest-ever simulation of the electric grid using the power of high-performance computing.
Exploring whether we can integrate large amounts of wind and solar into the U.S. western electric grid.
Studying the effects of high penetrations of renewables on Hawaiian island grids.