Entries in smart grid (8)


ISO-NE has developed a groundbreaking software solution to locate the source of dangerous power system oscillations 

Detection is key to mitigating forced oscillations, which helps advance the reliable operation and stability of the electric grid

ISO New England’s Business Architecture & Technology (BAT) department is responsible for advanced research and development, working closely with many business units within the ISO and collaborating with major universities, labs, and vendors to design and deploy tools for power system analysis and control. BAT has been internationally recognized for the development of important new technologies and innovative solutions.

For years, BAT Technical Manager Slava Maslennikov has studied power system oscillations, which can cause dangerous fluctuations on the electrical grid. Oscillations, caused by equipment failure, human error, or control systems malfunctioning, among other things, inject a forced signal into the high-voltage transmission system, causing disturbances and mechanical vibrations that may lead to equipment fatigue and damage; rare occurrences of cascading outages and; in the worst cases, risk to workers.

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ISO-NE staff among recipients of 2016 NASPI awards for outstanding work in the area of synchrophasor technology

Several ISO New England employees have been recognized by the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) this year for significant accomplishments and contributions in the adoption of synchrophasor technology to enhance power system reliability and efficiency.

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Chief Technologist describes for CIOReview magazine how ISO-NE can leverage cloud computing for big-data processing

ISO-NE is pioneering the use of cloud computing in the power industry

ISO New England’s Chief Technologist Eugene Litvinov is featured in the latest edition of CIOReview magazine. In his article, Cloud Computing for Advanced Power System Monitoring, Litvinov discusses the ISO’s exploration of cloud computing to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively manage large volumes of high-resolution data generated by the region’s new phasor measurement units (PMUs). The data that must be processed from these and other new technologies give grid operators unprecedented view of real-time grid performance, but require innovative approaches to keeping the lights on. Print copies of the magazine will be out in July. Read Working toward a Smarter, Greener Grid to learn about other high-tech initiatives underway at ISO New England.


ISO-NE invited to share research and experiences at influential 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting

ISO engineers make strong showing, receive accolades on research related to new technologies for “Powering Up the Next Generation”

As in past years, several ISO New England power system engineers were asked to share their expertise, findings, and business-case experience at the 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting in July. The Power & Energy Society (PES) is a highly regarded international association for leaders in the field of electric power engineering and is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Through their participation in the PES, ISO employees help expand the knowledge base and advance the industry.

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Synchrophasor technology data helping to ensure grid reliability through early detection of risk

ISO-NE shares real-world example of how advanced system monitoring benefitted both the power grid and a regional power plant

On June 30, ISO New England wrapped up the two-year observation phase of the Synchrophasor Infrastructure and Data Utilization (SIDU) project. The project was a major smart-grid initiative to deploy synchrophasor technology in collaboration with regional transmission owners and with a grant from the US Department of Energy. Synchrophasor technology uses phasor measurement units (PMUs) to measure power grid voltage, current, frequency, and phase angle at 30 times per second. These measurements are time-synchronized to global positioning system (GPS) satellites.

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ISO-NE collaborates with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on high-performance computing project

Promising results were delivered in late 2013 from ISO New England’s partnership with scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to explore more efficient, reliable ways of integrating renewable resources into the grid. The collaboration was part of a pilot program called hpc4energy incubator, aimed at accelerating the development of energy technology using high-performance computing (HPC). The ISO was one of six program participants selected by LLNL in March 2012 to work with the national laboratory to demonstrate how HPC modeling and simulation benefit their respective projects. The collaboration kicked off in April 2012 and ran for a year and a half.

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