Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Testing Network

This project aims to close the gap in accessibility to validated models for grid devices and simulation tools and corresponding full documentation. Unavailability of test-related resources for interconnection and interoperability (procedures, scripts, and equipment specifications) is another gap that hinders the adoption of best testing practices and standardization. Through concerted, facilitated industry engagement, this effort will drive standardization and adoption of best practices related to device characterization, model validation, and simulation capabilities.

Expected Outcomes 

  1. Better accessibility to testing resources within the national laboratories, academia and industry, 
  2. Better accessibility to grid-related validated models and simulation tools, and 
  3. Accelerated grid technology development, validation, standardization and adoption.

This project will benefit consumers as well as U.S. industry engaged in grid modernization. The GMLC-TN and GMLC-OL bring to bear the best-in-class capabilities available at the national laboratories to accelerate grid modernization.  It also supports the missions and strategic objectives of three Department of Energy offices:

  • The Office of Electricity (OE) mission of ensuring the grid's delivery of reliable, affordable, and clean electricity to consumers where and when they want it. 
  • The Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EERE) mission to support the emergence of new technologies that increase efficiency and make full utilization of renewable resources, while maintaining grid reliability.
  • The Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) mission of analyzing the benefits of a modernized grid.