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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience and lower environmental impacts, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced connectivity for grid operators and consumers also opens the door to hackers.

Berkeley Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced awards today as part of two new additions to DOE’s ongoing Grid Modernization Initiative. Berkeley Lab will lead two projects and join in several more. In total, the Secretary announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Laboratories to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid.

Bringing the Electric Grid into the 21st Century

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are working on a project that would modernize the grid and essentially bring it into the Internet age by using automated control software to manage demand in real time. The project has been awarded $2.865 million by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, or ARPA-E, whose mission is to invest in potentially transformational energy technologies.

Green Jail to Demonstrate Power of Microgrids

Berkeley Lab scientists are helping enable the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, the third largest jail in the state and fifth largest in the country, to run its own microgrid, which will minimize costs and maximize reliability.

A Research Center for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a nation rich in energy resources but plagued by a history of exploitation and a legacy of environmental disasters. With an eye to a diverse economy, sustainable growth, and responsible environmental stewardship, the newly opened Nazarbayev University is establishing a national Center for Energy Research, with guidance from a diverse team of Berkeley Lab scientists.

Berkeley Lab’s Battery Team Looks Beyond Vehicles to the Electric Grid

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, known for having one of the top research programs in the country for batteries and fuel cells for vehicle applications, has decided to enter another area in the battery world. It has been granted $1.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to develop a novel storage device for the electric grid.

OpenADR’s Steps Toward a National Smart Grid Standard

The marketplace for Smart Grid technology products is expanding thanks in part to an open-source communications specification developed by Berkeley Lab and its research partners. The OpenADR communications specification provides a common “language” for developers of technology for the Smart Grid. OpenADR allows building control systems to respond automatically to Internet-based signals that provide electricity grid prices and reliability messages.

Seeking a Smarter Grid: Integrating Wind Energy by Linking Buildings to the Grid

In utility parlance, wind energy is known as a “variable load.” That’s because wind is naturally unpredictable and inconstant. What’s worse, it is more likely to blow at night, when demand for electricity is at its lowest. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched a new project to find more effective ways to economically integrate variable loads from renewable sources to the electrical grid.