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Assessing the Costs of Major Power Outages

Little is known about the full impact of widespread, long duration power interruptions, especially the indirect costs and related economy-wide impacts of these events. As a result, the costs of such power interruptions are generally not or only incompletely considered in utility planning activities. A new Berkeley Lab report titled “A Hybrid Approach to Estimating

Pioneering Work Modeling How Electric Vehicles Interact with the Electric Grid

As the rate of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the U.S. rises, the transportation sector will put additional pressure on the power grid. California expects more than 50% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), which includes battery EV, plug-in hybrid EV and fuel cell EV, in new vehicle sales by 2030 to achieve statewide emission and pollution reduction

Go With the Flow: Scientists Design Better Batteries for a Renewable Energy Grid

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.

Using Physics to Keep Our Electrical Grid Safe

Many of the systems that provide services or products we use daily, such as the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, vehicles, and manufacturing plants, are examples of cyberphysical systems – systems that integrate computing and networking with one or more physical components. Computer security specialist Sean Peisert and a team of researchers at Berkeley Lab are helping ensure that these systems stay secure from cyberattacks.

Smart Ideas Wanted for Grid Modernization

A consortium of national labs and nonprofit organizations has announced a call for concepts to engage the smart grid community in demonstrating visionary interoperability capabilities on how facilities with distributed energy resources, or DERs, integrate and interact with the utility grid.

Pair of Research Products to Improve Power System Reliability and Resilience

A newly updated online tool and guidebook will help utilities measure the cost and impact of power outages, a key strategic consideration as the nation works to modernize the electricity system, and especially important now during hot summer months that can strain the power grid.

Berkeley Lab Report Calls for Industry Attention to Ensuring Grid Reliability

In light of changes in how electricity is being both generated and consumed, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has written a new report analyzing challenges facing the nation’s electric grid and making recommendations for ensuring continued reliability.

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.