Evaluation testbed development
ITI has multiple major efforts in smart grid research, which together provide a solid foundation for innovative research and application of that research to solve problems in the short, medium, and long term. Special attention is paid to the lifecycle of research while transitioning that research to tools that are refined to provide impact in industry. One of the many ways we do so is by having a well-established cyber-physical testbed facility that not only enables the research, but also provides a proving ground that pushes the research to the next level and can provide validation of technologies before commercialization.
The main purpose of the cyber-physical testbed facility is to create a realistic, flexible, configurable, and easily customizable environment that enables innovative research in end-to-end trustworthy power system communications and control. The facility uses a mixture of commercial power system equipment and software, hardware and software simulation, and emulation to create a realistic representation of the smart grid. This representation can be used to experiment with next-generation technologies that span communications from generation through consumption and everything in between. In addition to offering a realistic environment, the testbed facility is instrumented with cutting-edge research and commercial tools to explore problems from multiple dimensions, tackling in-depth security analysis and testing, visualization and data mining, and federated resources, and developing novel techniques that integrate these systems in a composable way.