Using Mathematica to Model Restructured Electric Power
Amid ever-increasing demand, many people are remembering the electricity
crisis in California and taking notice of seasonal electricity
shortages in major cities around the world. The restructuring of the
electric power industry continues to be an important topic for
consumers, investors, policy makers, and the public at large.
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are investigating solutions
to this problem to help guide eventual system implementations, and
they are relying on Mathematica to do so. In one major power
market, Argonne has used Mathematica to model the constraints
and effects of proposed electrical deregulation by developing an
agent-based simulation model of important parameters of the power grid
and the likely effects of deregulation.
Mathematica has allowed them to consider issues including how
the power system will fare under electricity deregulation; whether
power transmission capacity will be adequate, or if congestion is
likely and at what times throughout the year; how to avoid
transmission constraints on the power grid that could create regional
imbalances between electricity supply and demand; and whether such
imbalances could create pockets of market power and potentially drive
up locational marginal prices for electricity.
Visualization of electrical load data
Charles Macal, senior systems engineer and a group leader in Argonne's
Decision and Information Sciences Division, says "Mathematica's
integrated development environment is instrumental in allowing the
complexities of this real-world system-to-be to be fully
investigated for the purposes of providing useful information for
analysis and decision making."
Argonne turns the results into high-quality interactive graphics that
can be easily shared with others over the web using LiveGraphics3D,
a Mathematica-based web application.