Research facility uses a megawatt-scale simulator and supercomputer to test futuristic grid technologies without disrupting today’s grid.
An interesting research programme at MIT is simulating how utilities can simulate the impact of new renewable technologies without causing problems to functioning grids.
“Because wind and solar energy supply power intermittently, they create challenges for grid operators. Other new energy technologies are coming online, too, including electric vehicles, energy storage, efficient buildings that cut power use during peak times, and small-scale natural-gas generators and fuel cells. Integrating these technologies on a large scale presents challenges to grid operators.”