GridLAB-D™ is an open-source agent-based time-domain simulation environment developed by the US Department of Energy's Office of Electricity to study electric power system technology integration and performance. GridLAB-D combines power system, building, and market simulation modules and provides a framework for a wide range of analyses relevant to grid modernization research. This talk will review some of the challenges in developing, validating and supporting such a tool, with particular attention to quasi-steady load modelling and demand response control. This talk will discuss some recent improvements to GridLAB-D and present some results based on them.
David Chassin is a staff scientist at the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he has worked since 1992. He has managed the Building Sciences group, the Electric Power Systems Engineering team and has published over 100 journal articles, conference papers, and government reports, including 12 US patent awards for technologies in energy simulation, power system modeling, building HVAC system controls and diagnostics. Before coming to PNNL he was Vice-President of Development at Image Systems Technology where he pioneered the application of hybrid image processing technology for the computer aided design industry. David is a senior member of the IEEE and belongs to the IEEE Power Engineering Society, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Controls Society. He is also a member of ASME and CSME. He served on the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation's Load Forecasting Work Group from 2010 to 2012 and has worked on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's Load Modeling Task Force since 2008. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Building Sciences in 1987 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture in Troy, New York and his Master's of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2015. He is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria working on the application of economic dispatch paradigms to largescale control of retail demand response resources in commercial and residential buildings.