Energetics helped the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan, conduct, and document two workshops that brought together national experts to identify priority research and development needs for smart grid time distribution alternatives and advanced sensors. These two emerging topics will be critical to future electric grid operations and resilience. Sponsored by NIST’s Quantum Measurement Division and Smart Grid Program Office, the workshops gathered significant, relevant data that will inform future R&D. 

As more devices requiring high-resolution and persistently available timing are deployed to operate the grid, alternatives to current technology will be needed to address resilience needs. During the Advanced Time Distribution workshop on March 21, experts from industry and the research community discussed alternatives to GPS, including enhanced long-range navigation technology (eLoran), precision WWVB radio frequency transmission, and wide-area Precision Time Protocol (PTP) use. 

During the Advanced Electrical Power Systems Sensors workshop on March 24, additional experts from industry and the research community discussed the sensor needs of next-generation grids, from electric generation to the meter. Participants explored measurement needs from various perspectives, including grid planning, grid operations, and analysis.

To prepare for the workshops, Energetics worked with NIST to build a well-constructed game plan based on Energetics’ Compression Planning techniques. During the workshops, our professional facilitators and subject matter experts worked with smart grid community stakeholders to promote productive and focused discussions. Additional technical staff from Energetics captured proceedings and will draft a summary of workshop results. 

Chris Kelley, Vice President of Energetics’ Energy Solutions division, served as one of the workshop facilitators. “I feel particularly proud of the outcomes of these workshops,” said Mr. Kelley. “We were able to effectively combine the power systems expertise of Dr. Emmanuel Taylor with the professional facilitation experience of Mr. Tommi Makila to dive deep into the topics and provide everyone who participated with a rewarding experience and insights they can take back to their organizations and use immediately.”

Participants commented throughout both workshops on the unique and effective approach that Energetics and NIST utilized to uncover novel concepts and identify key research areas. Results from both workshops will be included in a report on R&D pathways for NIST, expected to be published and available on NIST’s website this summer.

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