U.S. Department of Energy

Future Power Grid Initiative | GridOPTICS™ PowerNET

GridOPTICS™ PowerNET

A new testbed to Power Networking, Equipment, and Technology (powerNET) Testbed

Objective

A lot of interest in research, improvements, and testing surrounds the power grid. However, operational environments that have high availability requirements are not conducive to these activities. Specifically,

  • power system equipment is expensive and has a high knowledge barrier
  • researchers from a broader community than just power system engineers require access to bring their expertise to bear on the challenges of the power grid
Therefore, a community resource is needed to enable needed tasks.

A Community Resource

Leveraging the Information Sciences Institute's DETER software, the GridOPTICS™ powerNET testbed has been developed to assist and accelerate research and development for power system technology. The powerNET testbed is

  • multi-user friendly
  • remotely configurable to automatically configure equipment for experimentation
  • designed to be federated with other testbeds to create a larger capability to tackle larger scale problems

Accessible, Efficient and Federatable

PowerNET is designed to reduce the resources required to perform research and development. It

  • enables researchers to develop and test new ideas
  • allows industry to evaluate new equipment
  • helps vendors to test interoperability
  • supports academia to educate with real equipment
The testbed provides a shared resource to reduce the up-front cost for equipment. In addition, the testbed reduces the barrier for non-power system engineers to experiment with power system equipment.

To access PowerNET, please visit the following page and follow the instructions listed.
http://powernet.pnnl.gov/index.php3?stayhome=1

Project Flyer

GridOPTICS Power Networking, Equipment, and Technology (powerNET) Testbed Flyer

Contact

Thomas Edgar ( Thomas.Edgar@pnnl.gov )
David Manz ( David.Manz@pnnl.gov )

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