Open Data & Tools2022-02-09T16:51:41-05:00

Pillar 5 – Open Data & Tools

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to characterize and further improve different existing open models and tools that are most applicable to G-PST activities. An open tools portal with a classification approach is being transferred to a public space for easy accessibility. Additionally, the G-PST Consortium will support the application of these open tools and data with developing country partners.

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2306, 2022

Open-Source Power Systems Analysis Packages: Cross-package Coordination for System Planning

22 June 2022 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. MDT

The Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST)’s Pillar 5, named “Open Data & Tools”, and LF Energy convened a group of developers from Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) France, the Fraunhofer Institute, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Edinburgh to compare open-source tools available for analyzing power systems.

This event demonstrates a planning exercise using open-source power system analysis. Each package handles a step in a coordinated workflow to demonstrate tool interoperability and coordination, highlighting benefits and challenges of conducting analysis workflows with multiple tools.

Speakers:

  • Clayton Barrows, Senior Engineer, NREL
  • Benoît Jeanson, Enterprise Architect, Open-Source Program Office of RTE (French TSO), RTE France
  • Maximilian Parzen, Director of PyPSA meets Earth Initiative, PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh
  • Roman Bolgaryn, Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute
  • Nicolas Omont, Vice President of Operations at Artelys
  • Moderator: Juha Kiviluoma, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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1803, 2022

Open-Source Power Systems Analysis Packages: Workflow and Benchmarking on Common Load Flow Problem

15 March 2022

 
G-PST’s Pillar 5 and LF Energy convened a group of developers from Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) France, the Fraunhofer Institute, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Edinburgh, and Artelys to compare open-source tools available for analyzing power systems. This webinar provides a short introduction to four open-source packages and compares workflows for a common and equivalent load flow calculation.

Speakers:

  • Clayton Barrows, NREL
  • Benoit Jeanson, RTE France
  • Dheepak Krishnamurthy, NREL
  • Maximilian Parzen, Director of PyPSA meets Earth Initiative
  • Nicolas Omont, PhD, Vice President of Operations at Artelys
  • Roman Bolgaryn, Fraunhofer Institute
  • Moderator: Juha Kiviluoma, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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103, 2022

Open Discussion with Global Power System Operators: The AI Opportunity

March 2022

In this webinar, representatives from power system operators around the world share their impressions of the opportunities, challenges, bottlenecks, and on-the-ground realities associated with several areas of innovation identified in the G-PST research agenda. The webinar aims to begin an active and ongoing discussion between power system operators and members of the power systems and AI/machine learning research communities, with the goal of forming collaborative teams that go on to address the challenges discussed. This event was hosted by Climate Change AI, the G-PST Consortium, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with speakers from the G-PST Founding System Operators – Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), California ISO (CAISO), EirGrid, Energinet, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and National Grid ESO.

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2701, 2022

G-PST/PyPSA webinar: Open Data Initiatives for PyPSA Africa and PyPSA Earth

January 2022

In 2022, the PyPSA Meets Africa initiative released the first prototype of PyPSA meets Africa (v0.0.1) and is now is focused on expanding globally into a new phase, called PyPSA Meets Earth, and creating an open model dataset of the global power system at different network levels. G-PST’s Open Tools and Data Pillar (Pillar 5) is actively working to support these activities by advancing tool interoperability and establishing standard data specifications in collaboration with PyPSA Meets Earth and researchers from organizations such as LF Energy, Fraunhofer, NREL, and RTE France.

G-PST team members Clayton Barrows and Jarrad Wright joined a virtual event introducing the PyPSA Meets Earth initiative and spoke on its panel about the challenges and opportunities for scaling up use of open-source tools and data at power system operators. The panel’s remarks ranged across topics such as usability and interoperability of open-source systems, as well as methods for validating and building up system operators’ confidence in open-source.

“Model comparisons and benchmarking efforts are fantastic venues for understanding different approaches,” said Clayton Barrows, one of Pillar 5’s co-leads. “There is so much low-hanging fruit, like agreeing on common data standards so we can pass data between several tools, so building up these communities is very valuable.”

Featured panelists:

  • Asami Miketa – Senior Programme Officer, Power Sector Investment Planning at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Jarrad Wright – Previously, Principal Grid Planning Engineer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa; Currently, Senior Researcher in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center at NREL
  • Clayton Barrows – Senior Research Engineer at NREL, and technical co-lead on Pillar 5 of the G-PST.
  • Maximilian Parzen (Moderator) – Founder of PyPSA meets Earth Initiative, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh

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