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Reference Number NIA_NGSO0011
Title Application of New Computing Technologies and Solution Methodologies in Grid Operations
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2018
End Date 01 June 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £130,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGSO0011
Objectives Research projects run by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) typically span multiple years. The research work planned in 2018 for this EPRI project will build on the EPRI Grid Analysis Toolkit (GAT) softwares underlying solution engines and advanced system analysis applications. The project tasks and proposed research methodologies are divided as follows: Task 1: Reduce the Set of Must-run Contingencies for Steady State Analysis. The 2017 research work carried out by EPRI focused on developing mathematical techniques (as compared to screening techniques) for reducing the overall number of “must-run” steady-state contingencies. In 2018, the work is expected to focus on enhancing and integrating those techniques into a proof-of-concept software tool for steady-state contingency analyses. It will also focus on using the tool for analyzing large, real system test cases. Task 2: Improved Power Flow Methods. This task will focus on making further modeling and feature improvements to the existing EPRI-Grid Analysis Toolkit (GAT). The modeling improvements are expected to consist of designing and implementing the necessary functions and constraints for high-level applications, such as voltage analysis and control, contingency analysis, and system performance optimization: Voltage Analysis and Control – quantify voltage limits in terms of magnitude, angle, stability limit, and VAR reserve, and integrate with reactive power forecasting tools Contingency Analysis – quantify the initial trajectory, path, and destination of the operating point, based on physical system properties at the time of the event, and leverage contingency analysis for topology control decisions System Performance Optimization – quantify transfer capability, power system efficiency, and controllability, and shunt switching as performance objectives The feature improvements include expanded input and output format for cases, contingencies (in conjunction with Task 1), and improved charting and reporting for analysis. Task 3: Dissemination. This task focuses on holding presentations and producing material to perform this technology transfer. For National Grid as the GB System Operator, the specific areas of this research programme which are of most relevance include the potential for enhancing current power system analysis tools, adoption of novel algorithms and learning from the case studies of implementation approaches. The improvements to the EPRI Grid Analysis Toolkit and research on approaches for contingency analysis are elements of the project which we expect to learn from to further inform our system operation strategy. The complexities of the system models upon which decisions are made during control room operations are increasing with high penetrations of distributed resources, which will require modelling greater detail within the distribution networks. New sources of data are now available, which provide the basis for conducting analyses at much higher temporal and spatial resolutions than in the past. The purpose of this project is to help meet the computational and robustness needs of such operational analyses. The scope of this EPRI project work stream “39.014 Application of New Computing Technologies and Solution Methodologies in Grid Operations” within the EPRI program 39 explores methods to leverage advancements in data processing, computing technologies, and optimization and numerical methods to enable efficient processing, simulation,and analysis of complex system models and at higher time resolutions. This is aligned to a number of strategic areas which have been prioritized as part of National Grids System Operator (SO) innovation strategy. The objectives of the project are to enhance the System Operators awareness and understanding of: new power system analysis tools, solution algorithms and implementation approaches/case studies optimization and numerical methods to enable efficient processing, simulation, and analysis of complex system models and at higher time resolutions how to utilize existing computing hardware and assess the cost of upgrades to increase the computing power available for individuals or systems Where desirable, based on this learning from the EPRI project, improvements to the System Operators existing approaches will be explored.
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Added to Database 02/12/22