Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) is a platform for research, development and deployment of technologies to improve the reliability and effectiveness of the nation's electric grid.
With $3 million in energy management software provided by AREVA T&D, secure networks, 30 workstations, more than 100 servers, 25 special-purpose computers, and a 115-square-foot video wall, EIOC guests have referred to it as "the Star Trek room." Access to live data from North America's power grids makes the EIOC an ideal location for testing new technologies without the cost and risk associated with conducting research on a system that is actually controlling infrastructure.
The EIOC provides a test bed for researchers to develop and refine technologies.
Because PNNL is a DOE national laboratory, the EIOC leverages the high performance computing capabilities of DOE's Office of Science to advance computing architecture and algorithms for the electric grid.