Argonne National Laboratory

Energy, Power, and Decision Analytics

Energy, Power, and Decision Analytics

The energy and power systems are currently going through a period of rapid changes. This transformation process is characterized by the restructuring of energy and electricity markets, large-scale deployment of variable renewable energy resources (e.g., wind and solar PV), introduction and implementation of new communication technologies (e.g., smart grid), and greater interdependencies among various energy and communication infrastructures. With higher penetration of low-carbon energy resources, smart grid, distributed generation, electric vehicles, and other emerging technologies, energy and power systems of the twenty-first century will favor resources that provide greater system flexibility (e.g., energy storage), and contribute to system efficiency, reliability, and resiliency. Integration and optimization of various parts of the energy system will be needed to lower costs, improve system performance, and reduce environmental impacts.

The Energy and Power Systems and Energy Decision Analytics teams in the Center for Energy, Environmental and Economic System Analysis (CEEESA) at Argonne use advanced modeling, simulation, and optimization methods to gain insights into the complex dynamics of energy systems and address key challenges in their rapid transformation to energy systems of the twenty-first century.

Projects

Advanced Pumped Storage Hydropower

Detailed models of advanced pumped storage hydropower (PSH) plants to analyze the role and value of PSH in the power system

Energy Storage for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

Potential benefits of energy storage in future power systems with high shares of renewable resources

Energy Zones Mapping Tool

Tool for the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) to provide EISPC members and stakeholders with the web-based decision support system with capabilities to identify and map areas with high suitability for clean power generation

Grid Integration of Renewable Energy and Electricity Market Design

New concepts, algorithms and tools for improved grid integration of renewable energy and better design of electricity markets with increasing shares of wind and solar power

Water Use Optimization Toolset/Conventional Hydropower Energy and Environmental Systems

Integrated tools that can be used to optimize hydropower planning and performance and has the unique capability to simultaneously optimize water, power, and environmental performance

Wind Power Forecasting

Improved statistical algorithms for forecasting of wind power