Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) recently received a $2.3-million U.S. Department of Energy grant to more efficiently distribute power and better manage outages for the U.S. power grid. The researchers will work with colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Argonne National Laboratory, Seattle City Light, and GE Grid Solutions.
The WSU team is developing a power distribution system that will include privately-owned energy sources in a decentralized and bidirectional power grid. The system will rely on real-time, data-driven modeling to observe and control multiple energy sources. The use of multiple energy sources will enable the researchers to improve the management of power outages, restoring power to critical areas faster and more efficiently than traditional outage management would.
The researchers will test the new system in simulations at WSU's smart grid testing laboratory, and then they will scale up and test the system with actual scenarios from an existing power system.
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