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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.

Research within this technical area falls under six main activities with related goals.

Activity 1: Improve Sensing for Buildings and End Users 

Goal:  Enable buildings to communicate with grid control systems to offer grid services while continuing to serve occupants and keep sensitive information secure.

Activity 2: Enhance Sensing for Distribution Systems

Goal: Develop sensors, visualization techniques, and tools to better determine the distribution grid status.

Activity 3: Enhanced Sensing for Transmission Systems

Goal: Develop detailed, system-wide monitoring of the transmission system and external effects, including weather events for predictive failure analysis

Activity 4: Develop Data Analytics and Visualization Techniques

Goal: Data volumes are expected to grow exponentially in the next few years; this activity will identify the most important parameters for turning this data into actionable intelligence.

Activity 5: Demonstrate a Unified Grid Communications Network

Goal: Develop a communication infrastructure capable of managing the anticipated increase of grid data traffic. This will support the automation of the power grid, improving reliability and safety in the face of high renewable penetrations and cybersecurity threats.

Activity 6: Regional and Crosscutting Initiatives

Goal: Create a federal network for sharing grid data and develop regional and national infrastructures for environmental sensing and forecasting.

Related Projects

  • Advanced Machine Learning for Synchrophasor Technology

    Develop a suite of new Grid-Modeling aware Machine Learning (ML) tools to monitor the transmissio

  • HVDC and Load Modulation for Improved Dynamic Response using Phasor Measurements

    Investigate ways to use the information available from phasor measurement units (PMU), and the wi

  • Suite of Open-Source Applications and Models for Advanced Synchrophasor Analysis

    Research to develop a suite of software applications and libraries of phasor measurement units (P

  • Integrated Multi Scale Data Analytics and Machine Learning for the Grid

    This projects overarching goal is to create advanced, distributed data analytics capability withi

  • Opportunistic Hybrid Communications Systems for Distributed PV Coordination

    Objective 1

  • Advanced Sensor Development

    Key objectives for each of the project areas:    

  • Solar Resource Calibration Measurement and Dissemination

    Support and enable the Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative in making solar energy fully cos

  • Frequency Response Assessment and Improvement of Three Major North American Interconnections due to High Penetrations of Photovoltaic Generation

    ​The project will produce a family of high solar PV penetration scenarios from detailed, validate

  • WindView An Open Platform for Wind Energy Forecast Visualization

    According to a comprehensive survey prepared by U.S.

  • Discovery through Situational Awareness (DTSA)

    ​The product from this project will be a prototypical situational awareness tool.

Related Events

  • i-PCGRID Workshop 2017

    i-PCGRID Workshop 2017

    Front line Leaders, best and brightest technology providers, and Global community of industry exp

  • 2nd Annual Grid Modernization Forum

    2nd Annual Grid modernization forum

    The next-generation smart grid is one that leverages technology and business model innovation to

  • Grid Modernization Initiative 2017 Peer Review

    Grid Modernization initiative logo

    The U.S.

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Technical Project Team

  • Mike Villaran,
  • Tom Baldwin,
  • Steven Lanzisera,
  • Michael McElfresh,
  • Philip Top,
  • Paul Ohodnicki,
  • Bri-Mathias Hodge,
  • Jeff Taft,
  • Abe Ellis,
  • Chip Fisher,


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