The National Infrastructure Simulation & Analysis Center (NISAC) is a program created by the Department of Homeland Security and utilizes LANL’s modeling and simulation tools to identify the vulnerabilities and failure modes of a broad selection of critical national infrastructures. NISAC provides comprehensive, quantitative analyses to better understand the wide variety of threats and solutions to the nation's infrastructures. LANL has built on this expertise to contribute to the modernization of the nation’s electric grid and critical infrastructure.
Electric Grid Projects
Through projects funded through the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, LANL has been leveraging its capabilities in physics, network science, algorithms, and applied math to develop fundamentally new algorithms and methods for designing, controlling, and optimizing future electrical grids. LANL has been developing advanced control systems and optimal power flow to mitigate the effects of uncertainty of intermittent resources, such as Renewables, to create control responses for the operation of electrical power systems and natural gas pipelines. LANL is also working on designs for resilient power systems with a focus on the optimal design and hardening for resilience upgrades of power systems to withstand and recover from extreme events.