Our energy system is changing as more renewable generation such as wind and solar power are added to the system, along with accelerated deployment of responsive loads, electric vehicles, energy storage, and direct current (DC) transmission. As a result, a high percentage of electricity that is generated, transmitted, or consumed will pass through power electronics, which creates challenges for designing and operating a reliable, resilient power system.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s E-COMP initiative, short for Energy System Co-Design with Multiple Objectives and Power Electronics, aims to create tools to inform design and operation of a highly integrated and diverse system for flexibility, efficiency, and electrification.
The E-COMP initiative will establish Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a pioneer in the co-design of future energy systems by developing the following set of distinct, enduring, and multi-disciplinary technical capabilities:
These new capabilities will further cement PNNL’s recognized leadership in the Department of Energy (DOE) core focus areas of system engineering and integration and power systems and electrical engineering.