Grid Integration Research
Researchers study grid integration of wind energy to better understand how variable generation resources such as wind energy impact the grid and how to increase the percentage of wind generation in the United States' energy portfolio.
NREL's grid integration analysts work with the U.S. Department of Energy, university researchers, independent system operators, and regional transmission organizations to provide the system characterization data and models that empower electric power system operators to more efficiently manage wind grid system integration.
Technology Research and Certification
Using NREL's 7-megavolt amperes controllable grid interface, researchers can validate wind turbines offline from the grid, verify compliance with standards, and provide grid operators with the performance information they need for a fraction of the time and cost it would take to validate a turbine in the field.
Resource Characterization, Forecasting, and Maps
NREL researchers use solar and wind resource assessment and forecasting to develop models that better characterize the potential benefits and impacts of variable generation on electric power system operations.
Wind Power Plant Modeling and Simulation
Engineers at the National Wind Technology Center are able to simulate electrical system dynamic models using their primary computer-aided engineering tool, FAST, as well as their wind power plant simulation tool, Wind-Plant Integrated System Design & Engineering Model (WISDEM).
Energy systems integration research and development at NREL is concentrated in the areas of transmission, distribution, and resource assessment and forecasting. The collaboration of a diverse set of stakeholders is critical to the success of this effort to tackle big energy challenges.
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Grid Integration Lead
The grid integration lead at NREL focuses on incorporating transmission studies and next-generation research and validation facilities into overall systems integration with wind energy.