Smart Grid R&D Opportunities Outlined in Two New NIST Reports

The nation's aging power grid is rapidly evolving into a modern, "smart" energy distribution network, and with these changes comes a host of challenges for the research and development community, as outlined in two new reports issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The documents should provide valuable perspective to high-level planners involved with the smart grid.
Both reports—Technology, Measurement, and Standards Challenges for the Smart Grid and its companion, Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid—focus on the most important technical issues that confront smart grid development. The latter publication, especially, should prove useful to a broader audience, according to NIST's Jeffrey Mazer.
"While other high-level documents, such as 2011's NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0,* were written with the standards community in mind, Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid has been written for a non-technical audience," says Mazer, a scientist with NIST's smart grid program. "We are trying to reach out to companies and policymakers so they know what the most important challenges to smart grid development are."
The reports are the product of a workshop held last year for more than 90 leading technical and industry experts in the smart grid community. The workshop was a collaborative effort of NIST and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The documents reflect the consensus opinions of the attendees, and are intended to be of value to industry.

To download Technology, Measurement, and Standards Challenges for the Smart Grid (76 pages), click: http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/upload/Final-Version-22-Mar-2013-Smart-Grid-Workshop-Summary-Report.pdf.
To download Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid (36 pages), click: http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/upload/Final-Version-22-Mar-2013-Strategic-R-D-Opportunities-for-the-Smart-Grid.pdf

Source:
http://www.nist.gov/el/smartgrid-040313.cfm

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