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Distributed Energy Resources

​Devices and systems on both sides of the electric meter can help the grid function more efficiently, manage variable generation, and be more resilient under adverse conditions.

Research within this technical area falls under four main activities with related goals.

Activity 1: Develop Advanced Storage Systems, Power Electronics, and Devices

Goal:  Increase electric grid flexibility, reliability, resiliency, and asset utilization by making step changes in the performance of grid-connected devices and technologies

Activity 2: Develop Standards and Test Procedures

Goal: Work with standards development organizations (SDOs) to accelerate the development and validation of standards and test procedures for device interoperability, performance, and safety

Activity 3: Build Testing Capabilities / Test and Validate Devices

Goal: Develop a testing infrastructure and validate device performance in both the laboratory and the field using the developed standards and test procedures

Activity 4: Test and Validate Integrated Systems at multiple scales

Goal: Ensure that integrated systems of devices and controls are able to connect, communicate, and operate in a coordinated fashion at multiple scales

Related Projects

  • Interoperability

    Energy infrastructure should be flexible enough to accommodate change in response to new, expecte

  • Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Testing Network

    This project aims to close the gap in accessibility to validated models for grid devices and simu

  • Energy Storage Demonstrations - Validation and Operational Optimization

    Collaborate with states, utilities, and storage providers to help elucidate storage benefits and

  • Improving Distribution Transformer Efficiency and Lifetime through Product Selection and Dynamic Load Control

    Develop and evaluated transactive load control strategies for distribution and building level tra

  • Collaborative Demo for Secondary Use and Use Case Validation

    Develop and examine the business case for a residential based deployment of secondary use energy

  • High Voltage Testing and Modeling of Transformer, Line Interface Devices, and System Components Under Electromagnetic Pulse, Geomagnetic Disturbance, and Other Abnormal Transients

    This project consists of both the modeling and testing efforts that will help understand physics

  • Advanced Distribution Management System Testbed Development

    This project will establish a national, vendor-neutral Advanced Distribution Management System te

  • Grid Frequency Support from Distributed Inverter-Based Resources in Hawaii

    Hawaii leads the nation in the portion of electricity produced from distributed solar photovoltai

  • Definitions Standards and Test Procedures for Grid Services

    This project's overarching goal is to enable and spur the deployment of a broad range of distribu

  • Universal Hybrid Inverter Driver Interface for VOLTTRON Enabled DER Power Electronics Applications

    Green buildings with distributed alternative energy are promising to reduce the impact on the env

Related News

  • Energy Storage Battery Energized in Chattanooga

    September 22, 2017
  • Interoperability Roadmap Methodology Published

    March 28, 2018
  • Hawaii Makes First Move for Grid Frequency-Watt Control

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    May 4, 2018
  • Strategic Vision for Grid Interoperability Published

    Interoperability Strategic Vision a GMLC White Paper
    May 8, 2018
  • Plug & Play DER Challenge Issues Call for Concepts

    Plug & Play Der Challenge
    August 3, 2018

Related Events

  • i-PCGRID Workshop 2017

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    i-PCGRID Workshop 2017

    Front line Leaders, best and brightest technology providers, and Global community of industry exp

  • ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

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    ARPA Energy Innovation Summit

    The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings t

  • GridWise Forum Distributed Grid Services Workshop

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    The GridWise Forum

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  • 2nd Annual Grid Modernization Forum

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    2nd Annual Grid modernization forum

    The next-generation smart grid is one that leverages technology and business model innovation to

  • Grid Modernization Initiative 2017 Peer Review

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    Grid Modernization initiative logo

    The U.S.

  • Distributed Control for Improving Power System Stability

    Power systems consist of many components distributed across wide geographic areas.

  • 8th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

    Today’s power sector worldwide has been observing dramatic changes.

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Technical Project Team

  • Keith Hardy,
    ANL
  • Jae Sung Jung,
    BNL
  • Kurt Meyers,
    INL
  • Rod Borup,
    LANL
  • Brian Kelly,
    LLNL
  • Mary Ann Piette,
    LBNL
  • Peter Schwartz,
    LBNL
  • Teja Kuruganti,
    ORNL
  • Rob Pratt,
    PNNL
  • Mark Kemp,
    SLAC
  • Sean Hearne,
    SNL
  • John McIntosh,
    SRNL
  • Jianming Lian,
    PNNL
  • Karanjit Kalsi,
    PNNL
  • Klaehn Burkes,
    SRNL

Questions?

Contact Technical Lead.