BNL/ISGAN Workshop “Tools for the Smarter Grid“: Broadening Perspectives and Opportunities in Smart Grids


Around the world, countries are expanding their use of modeling, simulation, testing, analysis and other tools to support the development of smarter, more reliable and resilient electricity systems. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has embarked on an ambitious Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) to meet current and emerging grid challenges.

Several years ago, Korea established a smart grid vision through 2030. India operates one of the largest synchronous grids in the world, serving more than 200 million customers, and has set an ambitious goal of extending “24x7” electricity to all of its 1.2 billion people by 2019. These were just a few of the global initiatives discussed during a recent electric grid workshop at the Brookhaven National Laboratoy (BNL). Twice a year since 2011, BNL has hosted two-day workshops to better acquaint participants with some of the challenges and best practices in smart grid technology.

SIRFN co-organised the spring 2016 gathering “Tools for the Smarter Grid” held in New York (U.S.) on 14-15 April, 2016. The event featured presentations from South Africa, the Netherlands, and Austria, as well as participation from four U.S. national laboratories, several utilities, environmental groups, technology vendors and research facilities in Korea and Romania.

The workshop highlighted emerging smart grid tools applied globally and raised interesting questions about the collaborative opportunities that could result from sharing knowledge of these tools.


The workshop program was divided into several sections. One part focused on modeling simulation tools, including examples of the tools that are available and where there may be gaps or opportunities where DOE or ISGAN should focus their smart grid efforts. Another section offered discussion on the policy challenges, both programmatic and institutional, that inform the development and use of grid tools. The last major section focused on looking ahead to where collaboration has started to yield positive results.

You can find the complete workshop agenda here.