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Energy Department Demos Inter-Lab Power Grid Simulations

NASA photoThe Idaho National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Energy Department have completed testing the capability to link virtual power grids between two labs in real time.

NREL said Monday the fusion of two Real-Time Digital Simulatorthrough the Internet resulted in grid simulation that allowed the hardware and software in one facility to share data and communicate with the equipment at the other lab.

Grid simulations could prove useful in testing a power grid’s immediate response to sudden changes in energy demand or power generator failure, and in providing national lab access for grid research work around the world, NREL reported.

“This new capability allows NREL and INL to interconnect a wide variety of equipment and software simulations to support grid modernization objectives,” said Bryan Hannegan, associate director for energy systems integration at NREL.

“Such interconnections combine and leverage the strengths of the national laboratories to greatly broaden the impact of our work in the nation’s interest.”

The collaboration is part of the Energy Department-backed Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation platform that seeks way to integrate renewable energy with the power grid.

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