Codebreaker: Black Start Demonstration with Idaho Falls Power

In the spring, Idaho National Laboratory collaborated with Idaho Falls Power to conduct a field demonstration of an islanded distribution grid's black start capabilities. This four-day demonstration involved two of the municipal utility's run-of-river hydropower plants, grid-scale load banks and an energy storage system. One of the INL researchers involved, SM Shafiul Alam, will discuss the project at the CAES Codebreaker webinar on Nov. 4.

Shafiul is a research scientist in the Power & Energy Systems Group of INL's Energy & Environment Science & Technology Directorate who served as the technical lead for system modeling, validation and laboratory testing of the ultracapacitor energy storage system used in the demonstration with Idaho Falls Power.

His presentation will focus on the unique aspects of run-of-river hydropower that necessitated the use of the storage system, the preparation required for the demonstration, lessons learned and what comes next.

The CAES Codebreaker webinar takes place on the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. MT. It provides a forum for students and researchers to address their work, communicate opportunities and challenges to a receptive audience, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates.

Click here to join the presentation

Phone number (audio only): (208) 901-7635

Phone Conference ID: 887 558 603#