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Enabling Realistic Communications Evaluations for ADMS, Insights and Opportunities (Text Version)

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Video opens with music and a shot of NREL’s South Table Mesa campus. Words appear on screen, “Enabling Realistic Communications Evaluations for ADMS, Insights and Opportunities. NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC."

Video cuts to Emma Raszmann on screen.

Emma Raszmann: So NREL and Anterix are collaborating together in order to create a framework in order to evaluate communications…

Video cuts to a shot of grains in front of a sign that says, “Energy Systems Integration Facility.”

Emma Raszmann: … in advanced distribution management system applications.

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Emma Rasmann: Not only are we able to create a framework, but we’re also able to evaluate certain scenarios with different congestion in order to see how well the wireless communication performs. We think that this can have a huge impact on utilities and how they view communication across the grid.

Video cuts to Mike Brozek on screen.

Mike Brozek: Anterix brought in a 900 megahertz private LTE system …

Video cuts to two people walking into NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Mike Brozek: … we deployed in the lab …

Video cuts to shots of pipes and wiring on the ceiling and walls of a laboratory.

Mike Brozek: … to serve as the communication …

Video cuts to a closeup of a piece of equipment labeled “ADMS testbed.”

Mike Brozek: … link between the devices in the lab …

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Mike Brozek: … and the control systems; in this case the advanced distribution management system.

Video cuts to Martha Symko-Davies on screen.

Martha Symko-Davies: Having the Energy Systems Integration Facility, a place where we can test these communications protocols with the devices that we’ve characterized and understand, will provide that success and impact for the future.

Video cuts to Jim Li on screen.

Jim Li: By testing it here, evaluating it here, we’re able to answer questions on …

Video cuts to people in a laboratory in front of computer monitors and the ADMS test bed conversing with each other.

Jim Li: … its performance before it goes out into the field, where a utility will actually implement a wireless system.

Video cuts to Chris Bilby on screen.

Chris Bilby: We’re really on the cusp of doing something new and great in building this future grid …

Video cuts to a shot from behind of a woman pointing to data on a monitor.

Chris Bilby: ... that we’ve been envisioning for the last …

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Chris Bilby: … decade.

Video cuts to a shot of the same man and woman pointing to data on a monitor at the same time.

Chris Bilby: And this “future grid” is decentralized.

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Chris Bilby: It’s built with many assets spread across the whole distribution system, as opposed to one centralized location.

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Chris Bilby: And for that, probably one of the most important …

Video cuts to a shot zooming in on Mike Brozek in the laboratory.

Chris Bilby: ... things we’re going to need is communications.

Video cuts to Jim Li on screen.

Jim Li: We thought it was critically important to come and collaborate with NREL because of …

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Jim Li: … their world-class facility for testing and developing …

Video cuts to a man and woman in the laboratory discussing data on a screen.

Jim Li: … renewable energy technologies. Without NREL, we wouldn’t have been able to …

Video cuts to a close-up shot of the same man and woman discussing data.

Jim Li: … test out direct transfer trip functionality over wireless.

Video cuts to Barry Mather on screen.

Barry Mather: The goal of the project really is to allow utilities to ask usually the second question that comes up when they’re looking at implementing an ADMS system. The first is, “How will the ADMS system really benefit my overall operations in my system?” The second is, “How do I actually implement it?”

Video cuts to Chris Bilby on screen.

Chris Bilby: As an IAB member, it’s very important for us to sit at the table with these ideas and let these, you know, researchers know early on whether or not this is actually attainable; whether or not we can take this idea and push it out to the grid edge …

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Chris Bilby: … and really get some economics out of it for a utility that’s going to help our membership.

Video cuts to Allen Tharp on screen.

Allen Tharp: The grid—as everybody knows is involved in this—the grid is changing. I mean, we were built as a one-way distribution system. We generate electricity …

Video cuts to wires plugged into an electric panel.

Allen Tharp: … we transmit electricity …

Video cuts to a digital animation labeled “virtual emulation environment” on a large monitor.

Allen Tharp: … and we distribute electricity. Now with the coming of …

Video cuts to Allen Tharp on screen.

Allen Tharp: … distributed energy solar and wind, we’ve got little-bitty generation and transmission pockets all over our system. Now we’ve got dynamic, and the ADMS …

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Allen Tharp: … helps us control that …

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Allen Tharp: … and make sure that we have electricity on demand.

Video cuts to Martha Symko-Davies on screen.

Martha Symko-Davies: We’re really at the heart of distribution system grid edge, and as we start to grow more and more these homes and these assets together, how do hundreds of thousands of devices start to communicate together? Because that’s what it’s going to take …

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Martha Symko-Davies: … to have a very secure energy future.

Video cuts to an exterior shot of the Energy Systems Integration Facility. Words appear on screen with the NREL logo: “This project is made possible by the generous insights and contributions of the project’s Industry Advisory Board and the project leadership. NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.”

Video cuts to a white screen with the NREL logo under words on screen that say “Project Lead,” the Anterix logo under words on screen that say “Project Partner,” and the logos for Xcel Energy, Evergy, Eversource, EPRI, Dots and Bridges, Hawaiian Electric, Duke Energy, Holy Cross Energy, and Consumers Energy under words on screen that say “Industry Advisory Board.” The music stops, and the video fades to black.