The objective of the Smart Grid Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science to enable integration of interoperable and secure real-time sensing, control, communications, information and power technologies, in order to increase efficiency, reliability and sustainability of the nation’s electric grid.
The Smart Grid Program develops and implements measurement science underpinning modernization of the Nation’s electric grid in order to improve system efficiency, reliability and sustainability, by incorporating distributed intelligence, bi-directional communications and power flows, and additional advancements to create a smart grid. In response to a mandate given by Congress and the Administration, NIST, through its Engineering Laboratory-led Smart Grid program and the industry-led Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), is leading the coordination and acceleration of smart grid interoperability and security standards in collaboration with the private sector and has published the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability, which provides the foundation for future work. By utilizing expertise in NIST’s Engineering, Physical Measurement and Information Technology Laboratories, this program will advance the measurement science that will increase asset utilization and efficiency, improve grid reliability, and enable greater use of renewable energy sources in the grid through research, standardization, testing and implementation of the NIST Framework.
Through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – EISA (Public Law 110-140), NIST is charged with “primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems …” Having developed a Framework and successfully engaged hundreds of private and public sector stakeholders by establishing the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), NIST has a unique opportunity to leverage the underlying capabilities in multiple Laboratories to advance the measurement science needs for the smart grid. This is consistent with the Engineering Laboratory (EL) strategic goal/objective to enable the next generation of innovative and competitive manufacturing, construction, and cyber-physical systems through advances in measurement science. Additionally, the Smart Grid program contributes to sustainable and energy efficient manufacturing, materials, and infrastructure, particularly through embedded intelligence in buildings and net-zero energy high performance buildings. The primary EL core competencies leveraged by the Smart Grid program are systems integration, engineering, and processes for cyber-physical systems and intelligent sensing, control, processes, and automation for cyber-physical systems, with additional support from the EL core competency of energy efficient and intelligent operation of buildings with healthy indoor environments.
Some recent accomplishments for the Smart Grid Program include:
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Related Programs and Projects:
Measurement Science for Smart Grid System PerformanceCybersecurity for Smart Grid Systems
Electromagnetic Compatibility of Smart Grid Devices and Systems
Precision Timing for Smart Grid Systems
Smart Grid Communication Network
Smart Grid System Testbed Facility
Smart Grid Testing and Certification
Measurement Science for Transmission and Distribution Grid OperationsAdvanced Metering in Smart Distribution Grids
Wide-area Monitoring and Control of Smart Grid
Measurement Science for Distributed Energy Resources and MicrogridsPower Conditioning Systems for Renewables, Storage, and Microgrids
Measurement Science for User-to-Grid InteroperationBuilding Integration with Smart Grid
Smart Grid National CoordinationSmart Grid National Coordination
Smart Grid System Testbed Facility
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