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Describes a future in which the transmission grid can be controlled to optimize the use of cost-effective, clean generation resources while providing high-quality, reliable power. Summarizes the research that the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is undertaking into hardware and software technologies that could significantly change the ability to control the flow of electricity in the power grid.
This analysis is intended to describe potential benefits of a flexible transmission system achieved through power flow control technologies. Specifically, it categorizes the benefits of power flow control technologies and defines the impact of technologies used for power flow control. It also makes recommendations for further studies and analyses on power flow control.
Written by ARPA-E interns Lotte Schlegel and Chris Babcock under the guidance of Josh Gould.