May 21, 2024 2:10 pm
A fresh perspective on data viewing

Recently, researchers at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory have developed ChatGrid, an innovative technology that will revolutionize the way power grids are monitored. Using generative AI and advanced computer systems, ChatGrid will enable grid operators to monitor every aspect of the power grid, including generators, substations, homes, and businesses. In case of a disruption, operators will be able to quickly make decisions to restore power with the help of ChatGrid.

Shrirang Abhyankar, an optimization and grid modeling researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with former PNNL intern Sichen Jin, created a program where a grid operator can ask questions about the grid and receive immediate responses. This new approach allows operators to query data and receive instantaneous answers, which streamlines decision-making. ChatGrid will operate on supercomputers capable of a billion billion computations per second, providing valuable information to operators about generation capacity, voltage, power flow, and clean energy sources across the grid.

ChatGrid has the potential to play a key role in restoring power to millions of people efficiently in case of a disruption. It could also assist in bringing online various clean energy projects included in the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill. Currently in the testing phase, there is no specific timeline for when ChatGrid will be fully operational. However, it is clear that this technology will transform the way power grids are monitored and operated in the future.

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