Grid Research

NREL addresses the challenges of today’s electric grid through high-impact research and development in power systems engineering and resource assessment.

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Renewable Energy Integration

Integrating renewable energy resources into electric power systems

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Grid Technologies and Systems

Developing and evaluating grid technologies and integrated systems and demonstrations

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Planning for Reliable Operations

Planning reliable grid operations to ensure stable and efficient power supply

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Power Systems Design and Studies

Developing new power system analysis tools, evaluating power system and market design, and conducting power system studies

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Power Systems Operations and Controls

Developing methods for real-time operations and controls of power systems at any scale

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Security and Resilience

Developing tools and solutions to enable a more reliable, resilient, and secure electric grid

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Sensing and Predictive Analytics

Measuring and forecasting weather resources and grid conditions and converting measurements into operational intelligence

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Ben Kroposki

Director, Power Systems Engineering Center