Pillar 1 – System Operator Research & Peer Learning

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Representatives from leading global technical institutes and the G-PST Founding System Operators (FSOs) formulated and are pursuing a research agenda that lays out the near-term applied research priorities of the FSOs. The research informed by this agenda will support power system operators in reliably and cost-effectively achieving very high penetrations of inverter-based resources (IBRs) on their power systems over the next decade. Results of the research will be shared with all system operators globally.

Pillar 1 activities are guided by the Research Agenda Group (RAG) under the CEOs of the Founding System Operators. Activities are conducted by researchers across the globe who choose to tackle these research questions. In addition to the RAG, Pillar 1 also includes a Research Advisory Committee (RAC), consisting of members from advanced system operators, energy companies, manufacturers, universities, national labs, and consultants

Several focused research teams were launched to provide fundamental underpinnings to more detailed research questions in the research agenda. These teams are made up of subject matter experts from the FSOs and leading researchers from the Core Team of the G-PST.

The Inverter-based Resources Research Team investigates how the fundamental needs of the power system can be supplied by Inverter-Based Resources (IBRs) and where additional research is needed to access these capabilities. This team also addresses how the tools and models currently used to study the power system will need to be updated (or superseded) in light of the grid’s changing nature with increasing IBRs.

The Resource Adequacy Research Team is investigating how the rise of variable, energy-limited resources, combined with severe weather events driven by climate change, will require changes to planning practices to ensure low-cost reliable power systems of the future.

Pillar 1 also developed an extensive Research Repository, which details current and recent research projects from around the world that are well-aligned with the Research Agenda. This repository can be used by funding and research institutions to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest research and not duplicating efforts. Well-aligned projects may also receive support from the FSOs in terms of input and demonstration opportunities.

The Research Repository is a working document, and more contributions are welcomed. Your contributions help the G-PST assess relevant and ongoing research so that we can identify gaps in research and find ways in improve and increase collaboration.

Do you have a project that should be included in the research agenda? View the Research Repository and select the “Submit Your Project” button.

All contributors were invited to a one-day workshop in London on November 10, 2022. Explore the technical presentations from the Pillar 1 Research workshop.

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