Battelle debuted its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities at the DistribuTECH/UPCE 2013 Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif.
Battelle now can support utilities with modeling tools for effective planning, testing and resource deployment. It is built as a front-end addition for GridLAB-D, a distribution system simulation and analysis tool developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a Department of Energy lab that Battelle manages.
The offering helps utilities make informed decisions before they invest in new technologies. For instance, it models the impact of alternative energy sources and advanced technologies on the grid to improve investment and operational efficiency.
The new front-end software was developed as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Columbus as part of AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Grid Command Distribution allows utilities to build circuit models with multiple configurations, assess resource deployment scenarios and gain insight into grid sensitivity and capacity under changing conditions.