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NREL's ADMS Test Bed Connects Utilities to Modern Controls (Text Version)

This is the text version for the "NREL's ADMS Test Bed Connects Utilities to Modern Controls" video.

Video opens with music and an overhead illustration of a digital grid overlapping a city skyline.

Annabelle Pratt: As our grid is changing and adapting to more distributed energy resources…

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Annabelle Pratt: …within the utility system, we need software solutions and software platforms…

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Annabelle Pratt: …that can manage those and…

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Anabelle Pratt: …allow us to have an affordable, reliable, resilient power system moving into the future.

Video cuts to Laboratory Program Manager Murali Baggu on screen.

Murali Baggu: The ADMS test bed was funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity over the past three years.

Video cuts to Murali Baggu and another researcher looking at data on large computer screen in the control room in NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Murali Baggu: We thought of creating a realistic…

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Murali Baggu: …environment inside the lab to evaluate future and novel applications and algorithms.

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Murali Baggu: …Primarily to de-risk the technology…

Video cuts to Mural Baggu on screen: …before it goes out into the field. There are two main benefits to that:

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Murali Baggu: One is we have a safer environment to test different algorithms well in advance.

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Murali Baggu: The second one is this actually reduces significant integration costs for utilities…

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Murali Baggu: …to understand how a specific algorithm performs in their specific grid.

Video cuts to Annabelle Pratt on screen: The ADMS test bed can help utilities reduce risk and cost…

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Annabelle Pratt: …because traditionally, the way new technologies are evaluated is through pure simulation…

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Annabelle Pratt: …and then followed by a pilot in the field. And the ADMS test bed…

Video cuts to researchers working on the ADMS test bed inside the laboratory at the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Annabelle Pratt: …offers an intermediate step for utilities where they can have a more realistic simulation…

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Annabelle Pratt: …that can include hardware…

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Annabelle Pratt: …and actual ADMS commercial…

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Annabelle Pratt: …or precommercial products that we can integrate…

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Annabelle Pratt: …with our simulation. So, it gives utilities more confidence…

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Annabelle Pratt: …in the results from a more realistic test bed.

Video cuts to Annabelle Pratt on screen: But it's much less expensive and risky to set up in a lab…

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Annabelle Pratt: …versus taking this technology into the field.

Video cuts to Murali Baggu on screen: For vendors, this test bed will actually provide an opportunity in terms of developing new and novel techniques…

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Murali Baggu: …for increased amount of DERs on the system by better controlling and managing them.

Annabelle Pratt: Through this project…

Video cuts to Annabelle Pratt on screen: …we've had the opportunity to work with two different utilities and their two different ADMS suppliers. We worked with Xcel Energy and their ADMS supplier, Schneider Electric, to look at the impact of model quality within the ADMS.

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Annabelle Pratt: And then we worked with Holy Cross Energy and their…

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Annabelle Pratt: ...ADMS supplier Survalent to look at the integration of…

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Annabelle Pratt: …DER, and specifically DER management systems, with their ADMS.

Video cuts to Scott Koehler, Vice President of Global Strategy at Schneider Electric, on screen: There's so much change, not just from a technology standpoint, but what utilities and customers are looking for…

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Scott Koehler: …what our whole society is expecting of this infrastructure.

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Scott Koehler: And so, we don’t foresee it’s possible to do that as…

Video cuts to Scott Koehler on screen: …one vendor assuming they can bring everything to the table; that they can do it all.

Video cuts to Jason Rohlfing, Regional Sales Manager for Survalent, on screen: Right now, the industry does not know how these distributed energy resource assets are going to be modeled and incorporated into the grid.

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Jason Rohlfing: With this project…

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Jason Rohlfing: …we have laid a foundation and an understanding…

Video cuts to Jason Rohlfing on screen: …of how systems can talk together to help utilities better manage these new assets.

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Annabelle Pratt: Very often, there is a gap between research and deployment in the field, and this is a capability…

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Annabelle Pratt: …that NREL has established that can really help taking new control algorithms, new technologies…

Video cuts to Annabelle Pratt on screen: …and move them into the field into actual distribution systems faster.

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