Advanced Computational and Modeling Research for the Electric Power System

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Nov 20, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)


Advanced Computational and Modeling Research for the Electric Power System

Funding Opportunity Number: DE

Topic Areas of Interest

The purpose of this FOA is to apply the advancements in basic research in mathematics and computation,

under programs such as ASCR or internally at universities, national laboratories, and the
private sector, to improve the performance and capability of power system software tools and/or operator
platforms, for the benefit of enhanced system reliability an
d flexibility. The effort will foster the
establishment of an OPEN collaboration of researchers and industry to study cross
cutting computational
needs of broad mutual interest to the electric industry; to work collectively (drawing on a variety of
lines and world
class expertise) to develop and validate solutions that are relevant and effective at
addressing actual operational and/or planning concerns; and to reach outside the collaboration to engage
and to share this knowledge with other interested


Applications are sought in two Topic areas of power system research:

A) Data Methodologies; and

B) Dynamic Simulation Tools and Measurement
Based Control.

Topic A: Data Methodologies

One of the characteristics of the smart grid is en
hanced system visibility and understanding, achieved
through a wide variety of sensor measurements, i.e. data sources. However, this large volume (and
variety) of data, as well as associated latency, poses its own challenges. Thousands of data points mus
t be
acquired, shared, and processed (often in real

Examples of computational research related to data for the power grid include (but


not limited to) the

The way data is collected, used, stored, and archived (i.e. data architecture)

to improve
applicability for real
time operations and off
line planning studies;

The way data is communicated so that the right data is moved to the right application, which
could be spread over many substations and control centers, within the required la

Application of filtering and other techniques to improve suitability for models and software tools
(including wide area control and protection) by characterizing uncertainty, addressing
inconsistencies in data streams, and dynamically identifying on
ly the data relevant to current
decision needs, thus enhancing the data/application relationship;

Data mining/analysis, visualization, and discovery.

In addition, developing and deploying mechanisms to increase operational flexibility will require sharing

and fusion of data across a variety of models that can capture system dynamics and interdependencies,
typically absent in the isolated, static, steady
state approaches prevalent today. Thus, there is a need to
develop methodologies that address data/mode
ling seams that are present within geographic and

areas; across the electric system (i.e., generation, transmission, and distribution); and
between markets, operations and planning.

Data methodologies must be informed by and validated on ac
tual power system data, e.g. real
time data
streams provided by utility partners. Proposed projects must develop and provide (for use by other
researchers) a set of appropriate, “real” data test cases so that researchers outside the project can validate
he methodologies. The FOA

is NOT intended to build
out electricity infrastructure, such as widespread
placement of PMUs, smart meters, or other sensor technologies.