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System Design and Planning Tools

Today’s design and planning tools for the electrical grid cannot handle uncertainty, rely on simplifying the underlying physics of power systems, and are typically run on desktop personal computers or small servers. While more capabilities are increasingly added to these tools, they do not take advantage of modern computing techniques, and they will ultimately be unable to keep pace with the increasing complexity of the grid.

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

Related Projects

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    This project will deliver to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Invest

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  • LPNORM: Optimal Resiliency Model

    Develop and deliver a software tool called LPNORM for designing resilient distribution grids to s

  • Open-Source High-Fidelity Aggregate Composite Load Models of Emerging Load Behaviors for Large-Scale Analysis

    This work proposes to develop a set of regional–level, scalable open source load models and tools

  • Models and Methods for Assessing the Value of HVDC and MVDC Technologies in Modern Power Grid

    This project will concentrate on exploring scenarios and use cases, including multi-objective DC

  • Measurement-Based Hierarchical Framework for Time-Varying Stochastic Load Modeling

    Leverage practical AMI, SCADA, PMU and laboratory experiment data to develop static, dynamic as w

  • Protection and Dynamic Modeling, Simulation, Analysis, and Visualization of Cascading Failures

    Develop and validate a dynamics and protection simulation platform to enable utility planning, op

  • Integrated Systems Modeling of the Interactions between Stationary Hydrogen Vehicle and Grid Resources

    The goal of this project is to establish the available capacity, value, and impacts of interconne

  • Computational Science for Grid Management

    The power grid continues to increase in complexity, in good part by the growing use of distribute

  • Rapid QSTS Simulations for High-Resolution Comprehensive Assessment of Distributed PV Impacts

    We will accelerate QSTS simulation capabilities through use of new and innovative methods for adv

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  • Grid Modernization Initiative 2017 Peer Review

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