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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Electric Grid

Stanford researchers are using computer simulation and policy analysis to design an automated, "smart" electrical grid. Bits & Watts is a Stanford research initiative focused on innovations for the 21st century electric grid that incorporates large amounts of clean power and a growing number of distributed energy resources, while enabling grid reliability, resilience, security and affordability.  Areas of research include a simulation tool that models all parts of the electricity network, from generation to price-sensitive demand; analyses designed to improve efficient market mechanisms for resource allocation on the grid; modeling real-time control of electricity demand to help balance generation and load; and evaluating microgrid designs that optimize energy efficiency and reliability at reduced cost.