Roadmap Document for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Contribution to the Open Modeling Framework

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The Cooperative Research Network (CRN) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has identified GridLAB-D as a tool that would provide significant benefit to its member utilities. However, they have also noted that the complexity of the tool would be a significant barrier for adoption. As can often happen in complex simulation environments, as the available capabilities and flexibility increases, the usability of the software decreases except for a few “power” users; this is not unique to GridLAB-D. While GridLAB-D has expanded to a considerable user base, with a few notable exceptions (e.g., American Electric Power) most users are ... continued below

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Fuller, Jason C.; Fisher, Andrew R.; Ciraci, Selim; Hammerstrom, Janelle L.; Hauer, Matthew L. & Schneider, Kevin P. May 30, 2013.

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The Cooperative Research Network (CRN) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has identified GridLAB-D as a tool that would provide significant benefit to its member utilities. However, they have also noted that the complexity of the tool would be a significant barrier for adoption. As can often happen in complex simulation environments, as the available capabilities and flexibility increases, the usability of the software decreases except for a few “power” users; this is not unique to GridLAB-D. While GridLAB-D has expanded to a considerable user base, with a few notable exceptions (e.g., American Electric Power) most users are focused on research and development. As a result, NRECA/CRN has proposed an Open Modeling Framework (OMF) designed to make the capabilities of GridLAB-D, and other advanced grid tools, available via a web interface. This will allow utility users to access many of the capabilities of GridLAB-D, with little to no knowledge of the tool itself. Other components will be layered over the simulation engines to provide the user with business support functions, allowing full business case scenarios to be created from the technical data generated within the simulations. Because of the open availability and potential national benefit of the OMF, PNNL has been tasked with supporting NRECA/CRN’s development of the tool, with a focus on incorporating GridLAB-D within the OMF structure and expanding GridLAB-D capabilities to support OMF functions. The GridLAB-D enhancements will be provided first to the OMF developers, but will also be delivered to the wider GridLAB-D community after validation via the community repository. This report is intended to provide a roadmap for the intended enhancements to be delivered by PNNL. Seven tasks were identified in cooperation with NRECA/CRN – each is briefly discussed, including potential outcomes and deadlines.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-22489
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/1095444 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1095444
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc828636

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Fuller, Jason C.; Fisher, Andrew R.; Ciraci, Selim; Hammerstrom, Janelle L.; Hauer, Matthew L. & Schneider, Kevin P. Roadmap Document for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Contribution to the Open Modeling Framework, report, May 30, 2013; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc828636/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.