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Technical Areas

GMLC is working closely with partners in industry, academia, and across cities and states to deliver on the objectives outlined in DOE’s Grid Modernization Multiyear Program Plan across six broad technical areas.
  • Cybersecurity and Physical Security

    GMLC researchers develop tools and technologies that prevent, detect, and mitigate cyber-attacks on critical energy infrastructure.
  • Distributed Energy Resources

    Researchers are developing, testing, and building ​devices on both sides of the electric meter that can help the grid function more efficiently and be more resilient under adverse conditions.
  • Generation

    Advanced tools and technologies can accelerate emerging generation systems and/or maximize the value of existing generation assets as they provide value to the grid.
  • Institutional Support and Analysis

    GMLC provides technical assistance to states, tribal governments, and regulatory agencies shaping the direction and pace of grid modernization.
  • Measurement and Data Analytics

    Improved sensing and measurements throughout the electric infrastructure, from generation through end use, and at multiple time scales—from microseconds to hours and days—is needed to support advances in system operation and control.
  • Resilience

    This technical area aims to meet physical and cybersecurity challenges, analyze asset criticality and associated risks, and provide situational awareness and incident support during energy-related emergencies.
  • System Design and Planning Tools

    GMLC researchers are developing design and planning tools that can better handle the uncertainty and complexity of a modern grid.
  • System Operations and Control

    Advanced technologies can help optimize system operations and react to off-normal conditions while preserving system reliability and improving resilience.