Pillar 1: System Operator Research and Peer Learning Accomplishments
Inaugural Research Agenda Released
This document summarizes the outputs from a nine-month consultation process led by the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium’s Research Agenda Group – which consists of senior technical staff from the six Founding System Operators and a range of leading research institutions – to build an organized, consensus-based global research agenda for the G-PST’s Founding System Operators (FSOs).
G-PST Research Agenda Group Maps Out the Research Frontier for System Operators
Representatives from leading global technical institutes and the G-PST Founding System Operators are actively defining near-term applied research priorities and programs to support system operators in achieving very high penetrations (i.e., >80%) of inverter-based variable renewable energy resources on their power systems over the next decade. This process is systematically mapping out the state-of-the-art in research, industry and practitioner communities around the world, and identifying key knowledge gaps that can be filled by cutting-edge research activities in the priority areas. It will then develop research proposals and seek to secure support from national research program managers for collaborative research with the Founding System Operators. Ultimately, this research agenda will be pursued by all participating system operators and technical institutes in the G-PST Consortium, with insights efficiently disseminated for broad adaptation and application.
Pillar 2: System Operator and Technical Support Accomplishments
Indonesia Control Room Design Support
Indonesia’s state-owned electricity provider and Grid System Operator, PLN, is seeking to refurbish its Java-Bali grid control center to modernize grid operations and improve system reliability. The G-PST Consortium, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, is supporting PLN in these efforts by reviewing technical documents and providing critical insights toward the design, procurement, and integration of cutting edge, renewable energy-ready grid management systems.
Pillar 3: Foundational Workforce Development Accomplishments
Inaugural Teaching Agenda Released
This document summarizes the outputs from a consultation process led by the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium’s Teaching Agenda Group (TAG). The main purpose of this document is to initiate wider consultation and get feedback from various stakeholders. This includes the Founding System Operators of the G-PST, other system operators around the world, G-PST core partners, university partners in different countries/regions and individuals/organizations who have expressed interest in contributing to or benefitting from the workforce development pillar of G-PST.
Collaboration with Universities to Build a Strong Workforce of the Future
Led by Imperial College London, a core group of power academics and partnerships with local universities in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Kenya have been established to develop state of the art power system curricula and identify unique workforce development needs. This curricula will be made available to universities to adapt and utilize for graduate education and continuing professional education across all G-PST Consortium countries.
Pillar 4: Localized Technology Adoption Support Accomplishments
Power System Operator Survey Toward Global Energy Transformation Summary Report
The IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE Power and Energy Society are working with the G-PST Consortium to assess viewpoints in the area of next-generation energy (e.g. renewables, energy storage, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, and grid modernization, etc.) to support priority needs and interests for specific countries/regions. This document provides a summary of the first survey developed and administered by IEEE in support of Pillar 4 of G-PST Consortium on Localized Technology Adoption Support. View report.
Standards and Certification to Support System Operations white paper
This document provides a high-level view of the landscape of standards, and related testing and certification initiatives, relevant to the power and energy fields of interest to the Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST Consortium). This document does not intend to serve as a technical overview on the subjects, but rather depicts the scope of today’s technical standards, guidelines, and industry practices that have relevance to the core vision of G-PST Consortium. IEEE, as a member organization of the G-PST Consortium, has prepared this document as a contribution to the G-PST Consortium. View white paper.
Pillar 5: Open Data and Tools Accomplishments
Advanced Open Tools Characterized to Support System Operation and Planning
A detailed characterization approach was developed for the open models and tools, along with comprehensive dimensions of assessment. Subsequently, the classification and evaluation process started and is currently under progress.
Moreover, A new proposal is being prepared to be submitted to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology BMWi. This is in collaboration between Fraunhofer IEG and Fraunhofer IEE, and will deal with open source tools for global power transmission system planning.
Provision of Open Data to the World to Support Advanced System Operation
In collaboration with the G-PST Consortium, USAID and NREL have developed an open data platform, called RE Data Explorer, that provides publicly available high temporal and spatial resolution renewable energy data for many countries around the world. As an exciting development, a data upgrade is underway for Southeast Asia that will allow visitors to visualize and download solar resource data at 10-minute intervals across a 2-km grid covering the entire region. These and other datasets within the RE Data Explorer can support system operators and other decision-makers in planning for power system transformation and deploying higher shares of renewables onto the grid.