Revolutionizing Power Grid Management: PNNL’s ChatGrid Uses AI and Supercomputers

‘Redefining Data Perspective: A Fresh Approach’

Researchers from a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory have developed ChatGrid, a cutting-edge technology that leverages generative AI and advanced computer systems to monitor the power grid. Currently, grid operators must keep a close eye on every aspect of the power grid, including generators, substations, and homes and businesses. In case of disruptions, quick decisions are necessary to restore power. However, this process can slow down decision-making for operators.

Shrirang Abhyankar, an optimization and grid modeling researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), collaborated with former PNNL intern Sichen Jin to create ChatGrid. This program allows grid operators to ask questions about the grid and receive instant responses. 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 over one trillion computations per second. This high computing power will allow 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 still in its testing phase, it is expected to revolutionize how grid operators manage power systems. The exact timeline for its implementation remains uncertain. To stay updated on the latest innovations improving our lives and the environment, subscribe to our free newsletter for weekly updates.

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