Global consortium for power system operators and research institutes

April 21, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Global consortium for power system operators and research institutes
The US and European governments have set up the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium to drive the transition to clean energy.

The G-PST Consortium is led by CEOs of five of the world’s leading system operators: Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO), National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) in the UK, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Ireland’s system operator (EirGrid), and Denmark’s system operator (Energinet).

The core technical team includes the Energy Systems Integration Group at Imperial College London, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence for Integrated Energy Systems, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Latin American Energy Organization, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Electric Power Research Institute, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the Technical University of Denmark, and ASEAN Centre for Energy.

Research areas include inverters, control room design, grid stability and services.

The launch event signals a major commitment from power system operators and other key institutions to implementing the technologies and approaches that will permanently change their emissions trajectories while simultaneously improving grid reliability, resiliency, and security.

“While each country will take a different path to 100 percent clean energy, we’ll all face similar obstacles along the way—which means there’s great value in collaboration,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. “The Global Power System Transformation Consortium gives leading power system operators a broad range of support—from world-class research institutes to government agencies and private companies—in solving these common challenges, clearing the way for us to collectively cut emissions by 50 percent over 2020 levels in the next 10 years. At the same time, American grid operators will be able to use these solutions to speed our transition at home and unlock millions of new jobs in the U.S.”

“Tackling climate change requires international cooperation, and if we want to successfully achieve cost-efficient, green energy networks that work for everyone, we need to work together,” said UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng.

“As a world leader in both technological innovation and the renewable energy market, I am delighted that the UK is co-hosting the launch of this new consortium, uniting the very best of business, research, and academia to bring world-class renewable energy to the grid—key for economic growth, job creation, the climate, and building back greener.”

Ahead of the launch event, the G-PST Consortium published the inaugural global research agenda which identifies research areas that must be addressed to bring the highest levels of clean and renewable energy to the grid.

“This is a real opportunity to lead the world in decarbonizing power systems, at a time when the transition to clean energy has never been more important," said Fintan Slye, executive director of Britain’s electricity system operator, National Grid. “Our consortium has an ambitious research agenda, and we’re seeing that work in action as we continue to overcome technical challenges to harness more and more renewable power on our respective electricity systems."

Martin Keller, director of NREL, noted on behalf of the G-PST Consortium’s core team organizations, “This research agenda focuses on bulk power system issues that must be addressed in the next decade—including inverter design, stability tools and methods, control rooms of the future, planning, restoration and black start, and technical services for supply-demand balance. It proposes 59 research questions that are meant to stimulate innovative industry research and public-private sector collaboration to ensure a future global energy system that is safe, cost effective, and resilient.”

“The G-PST Consortium is an exciting new forum for public-private collaboration that will help realize the full potential for reliable, low-cost power systems based on clean energy technologies and efficiently share cutting-edge research and operational practices with developing countries and utilities throughout the world,” said Elliot Mainzer, CEO and president of CAISO.

Early collaboration between the G-PST Consortium and Indonesia's system operator, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), will inform upgrades to PLN's Java-Bali control room to allow for increased renewable energy integration.

“The G-PST Consortium provides an important opportunity to improve power system operations engineers’ technical competency throughout Indonesia by learning from world-leading electricity companies’ knowledge and experience,” said Zulkifli Zaini, PLN CEO.

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