EMAC will be part of an incredible team of industrial partners, national lab researchers and academics to explore what it takes to run large scale grids with very high levels of production from wind, solar and batteries using so-called grid-forming converters. More information available here.
EMAC will collaborate with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CU Boulder and MIT’s Julia Lab to develop the next generation of grid modeling tools. We’ll be building on our power simulation software, powersimulationsdynamics.jl (PSID), developed by EMACers Rodrigo Henriquez and Jose Daniel Lara. PSID is described in more detail here. More information on the project is available here.
Research started while Duncan was visiting Gabriela Hug’s group at ETH Zurich, followed by Verena Häberle visiting EMAC and LBNL, just won the Best Paper Award at SEST’19. The paper, “Optimal Sizing and Tuning of Storage Capacity for Fast Frequency Control in Low-Inertia Systems” is forthcoming.
Jonathan Lee and Duncan Callaway spent some time visiting islands (and tooling around Lake Victoria in fishing boats) to identify sites for our project with New Sun Road, Zola, and PowerGen.
Enphase Inc has awarded EMAC a one year project to explore decentralized microgrid control algorithms. We’ll be building some on this peer-to-peer energy trading paper.