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Mar 27, 2024

Researchers at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory have developed ChatGrid, a new technology that uses generative AI and advanced computer systems to monitor the power grid. Currently, grid operators need to monitor every aspect of the power grid, including generators, substations, and even homes and businesses. In case of any disruptions, operators must make quick decisions to restore power. This process can slow down decision-making for operators.

Shrirang Abhyankar, an optimization and grid modeling researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with former PNNL intern Sichen Jin, developed ChatGrid. This program allows grid operators to ask questions about the grid and receive instant information. The goal is to provide a new way of accessing data through questions, enabling operators to quickly retrieve the information they need.

ChatGrid will run on supercomputers capable of performing a billion billion computations per second. This high computing power will enable operators to restore power quickly in case of disruptions. Additionally, ChatGrid can provide information on generation capacity, voltage, and power flow from clean energy sources across the grid. This technology could support the implementation of clean energy projects included in the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill.

While ChatGrid is currently in the testing phase, it is expected to revolutionize the way grid operators manage power systems. The exact timeline for the implementation of ChatGrid is yet to be determined. Stay updated on the latest innovations improving our lives and the environment by subscribing to our free newsletter for weekly updates.

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