Power Systems Test-Bed

INL has advanced modeling tools for simulating grid conditions in real-time. These tools make it possible to test how physical hardware or control actions will act in real-world scenarios. For instance, the test-bed allows researchers to analyze how a microgrid will respond if a generator trips offline. It also enables analysis of future grid conditions, such as the effects of electric vehicles on grid stability. INL hardware that is connected to the test bed includes a full microgrid, batteries and ultracapacitors, electric vehicles, the ability to develop highly accurate models of other grid components, and connectivity to test beds at other national laboratories.