The Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) performs research, creates innovations, and, demonstrates advanced wireless/communications, Internet and sense-and-control technologies to enable the development of the next generation of the electric utility grid – The Smart Grid. SMERC also provides thought leadership via partnerships between utilities, government, policymakers, technology providers, electric vehicle and electric appliance manufacturers, Department of Energy research labs and universities, so as to collectively work on envisioning, planning, and executing the smart grid of the future. The smart grid of the future will allow for integration of renewable energy sources, and will reduce losses, improve efficiencies, increase grid flexibility, reduce power outages, allow for competitive electricity pricing, allow for integration of electric vehicles, and overall become more responsive to market, consumer and societal needs. SMERC is currently working on the topics of Electric Vehicle Integration, Automated Demand Response, Microgrids, and Distributed and Renewable Integration, and Energy Storage Integration.
SMERC’s transportation-related work includes:
- Automated demand-response
- Electric vehicle integration
- Connected autonomous electric vehicles