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Grid Modernization Research

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

The future electric grid must deliver reliable, affordable, and clean electricity to consumers where they want it, when they want it, and how they want it. As part of NREL's energy systems integration activities, grid modernization researchers work with the electricity industry, academia, and other research organizations on strategies to effectively interconnect renewable resources and emerging energy-efficiency technologies with the existing electric power system.

NREL's grid modernization research is aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.

Where We Work

Learn about the Energy Systems Integration Facility, a unique national asset for research, development, and analysis of the grid at various scales.

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Integrated Devices and Systems

Developing and evaluating grid technologies and integrated systems and demonstrations

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Sensing, Measurement, and Forecasting

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

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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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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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Security and Resilience

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

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Institutional Support

Providing technical assistance and objective data to help key decision-makers address grid modernization challenges

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Ben Kroposki