This collaborative workshop convenes thought leaders from internationally-recognized utilities, universities, and research institutions to jointly identify software and hardware innovations that are needed to introduce greater flexibility into the electricity grid. It is hoped this gathering will help to sustain and foster new relationships between U.S. and U.K. electricity grid testbeds in exchange for researcher and private sector innovator access.


A report will be produced to address additional research needed in order to align the resources of U.S. and U.K. grid research communities, as well as identify existing grid operation challenges within the private sector to determine solutions. The event is being held at National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) in Golden, Colorado at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).


The PNDC (along with Newcastle University and NREL) are taking a lead role in co-ordinating the content for the sessions and will be heavily involved in delivering presentations and chairing sessions.


National Renewable Energy Laboratories (U.S Department of Energy) is playing a lead role in the U.S Grid Modernization Initiative driven by the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) which links test beds from all DOE labs across the US to work in a concerted effort. In January, the DOE doubled down on their investment to the Grid Modernization Initiative and announced $220 Million in additional funding.


They have six techincal working groups (listed below) which are closely aligned to the PNDC’s Core Research Program.


–   Devices and Integrated Systems

–   Sensing and Measurement

–   System Operations and control

–   Planning and Design Tools

–   Security and Resilience

–   Institutional Support


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