TABLE H.2 Research Area Options for Enabling New Bulk Power (Transmission) System Architecture


Technology/Operational Strategy Application Research Areas Objectives
Thwart Attack Reduce Vulnerability Reduce Impact

Technologies to enable complete control of the power system to mitigate outages and enhance restoration Advanced power electronic devices
Advanced DC back-to-back
Low-cost FACTSPower electronic breakers
Intelligent universal substation transformers
Multi-layered control strategies
Distributed autonomous agents
Integrated control strategies
Complete system automation
Self-healing topology
Object models for all digital devices
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
X

Technologies to enable smaller synchronous or DC systems to operate in an integrated fashion so as to reduce system vulnerability

Microgrids
Distributed generation
Renewables
DC distribution
Electric storage at high-voltage levels

X
X
X
X
X

X
X
X

Technologies to greatly increase power flow to reduce stress and mitigate outages

AC superconducting cables
DC superconductivity
The IntelliGrid

X
X
X

Innovative computational ability technologies

Fast modeling and simulation
Local and global optimization and control algorithms for power controllers
State estimation and optimization functions between local systems
Optimized system decomposition
Reconfiguration and protection coordination for reliability management
Optimization functions incorporating local generation, load control, and central generation
Advanced market structures to seamlessly incorporate local systems into overall generation/load/mix

X
X

X

X
X

X

X


X



X
X

X


TABLE H.3 Research Area Options Primarily for Existing Distribution System Architecture


Technology/Operational Strategy Application Research Areas Objectives
Thwart Attack Reduce Vulnerability Reduce Impact

Asset management to reduce system stress Integrated asset management
Tighter voltage control
Monitoring of capacitor banks
X
X
X

Increased power flow to reduce stress on the system

Reconfiguring and increasing voltage
Superconducting cables
Low-sag conductors

 

X
X
X

 

Improved reliability and system vulnerability

Reducing underground construction costs

X

Enhanced control to reduce stress and enhance restoration

Power electronics network protectors
Short-circuit current limiters (medium voltage)Tie and feeder circuit reclosers

X
X
X

X
X
X

Reconfigured network grids in large cities

Submersible fast switches
Low-voltage switches and smart fuses for reconfiguration and isolation

X

X
X

X



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