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EIOC Capabilities

The EIOC is a fully functional energy system control room with computing, networking, and analysis capabilities focused on bringing the control of the electric power grid from minutes to seconds. We start with industry state-of-the-art tools and technology, which become a point of departure for the research conducted in the EIOC.

The EIOC is complete with the following resources for research; developing, assessing or testing technologies; and training:

  • Physical and cyber security for equipment, information, personnel and data
  • Confidentiality of sensitive power systems information and data
  • Leading energy management system software, donated by Alstom Grid
  • Access to real data from North America's eastern and western power grids (note that data confidentiality requirements prohibit its release in most cases, although it can be leveraged for the development of new grid technologies)
  • Access to ESnet 100Gbs ultra-fast computer network, spanning the United States and beyond
  • More than 100 servers and 30 workstations and 25 special-purpose computers
  • 115 square feet of video screens
  • Separate instructor room for training exercises
  • Access to shared memory high-performance computers
  • Power system communications research equipment and capabilities, including those aimed at expanded capability, reliability, security and confidentiality for
    • SCADA systems
    • synchrophasor data and processing
    • ICCP communications
    • DNP3.0, IEC 60870.5, Modbus and other serial protocols
  • Market software and integration tools (including simulation, analysis and modeling)
  • Market rate analysis for complex and innovative market structures
  • Market/price-based control of power system supply and demand
  • Power grid planning tools and capabilities, including complex dynamic analyses and custom dynamic models
  • Building modeling and simulations
  • End-use load modeling for demand response and peak load shaving and distributed load control, and dynamic response
  • Power electronics development for distributed load controls
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) integration and smart-charging research, analysis and demonstration
  • Analyses and solutions to integrate renewable resources into the electric power grid
  • Smart grid technology integration
  • Operator training: training both remote and on-site
  • Inexpensive, reliable and secure backup control center capabilities for small-to-medium-size utilities per FERC EOP-008-0.

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