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Simulating the Power Grid

  1. Jun 5, 2011 #1
    Hi all,

    i would like to know if there is anything working on power grid simulation or other related work.

    I'm currently working on power grid simulation and would like to talk to people with experience in it. Any idea how to simulate the power grid with distribution generations like solar pv, fuel cells, hydro electric, etc etc?

    Those without experience do pm me a well as I'm also interested in setting up a platform where people can easily view power grid information on the web, I'll share out the details when things are more finalized.

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  3. Jun 5, 2011 #2


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    Welcome to PF.

    I'm sure the DOE and the regional distribution centers run simulations. What is your goal and what level of complexity are you going for?
  4. Jun 5, 2011 #3
    I'm trying to incorporate the real world data into the smart grid simulation. that includes wind profile in different regions, solar irradiance, load variation throughout the day (and by region)., fuel cell capacity, inclusion of grid energy storage, and connection from distributed grid to transmission grid.

    also thinking of including cost analysis in grid, stability, faults analysis, economics dispatch, load sharing.

    Benefits of this is the ability to understand the situation in various region, and see how implementation of smart grid technology could reduce carbon emission, incorporate renewble energy generation, and also economic benefits/cost.

    please let me know if you need more information, i'm willing to provide them.
  5. Jun 5, 2011 #4


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    Well.....what you are describing is an enormous task. Are you doing this yourself?
  6. Jun 5, 2011 #5
    yap it's a lot of work, but I don't plan to do it myself, I aim to form an interest group to do similar work together, for the benefit of academic and students. what do you think?
  7. Jul 24, 2011 #6
    Small generators are typically modeled as reductions in load. IF they can be counted on to work during the weather conditions modeled, the load at the node on the transmission grid is simply reduced. Don't forget to model the reduction[typical] in losses on the distribution system.
  8. Aug 8, 2011 #7
    Don't neglect to benchmark your simulator against actual data. Simulation without benchmarking is like tennis with no net.
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