The Design Integration and Synthesis Platform to Advance Tightly Coupled Hybrid Energy Systems (DISPATCHES) project, is being developed and used to identify and optimize Integrated Energy Systems for operation within the bulk power system via energy market signals.

DISPATCHES is part of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC).

Value Proposition

Deployment of integrated hybrid energy systems is expected to increase in coming years and no single platform exists for dynamic modeling of these systems as they interact with the bulk power system. Addresses 3 major challenges:

  • Conceptual design of novel hybrid systems in a way that enables rigorous exploration of the design space

  • Values the output of the hybrid system within the context of the grid and region it is deployed

  • Detailed dynamic models coupled with nonlinear model predictive control based on market signals

Project Objectives

Open, transparent, multi-lab computational platform to support the design, optimization, and analysis of tightly coupled hybrid systems. Demonstrate and quantify the benefits of potential hybrid systems based on 3 case studies:

  • Coal (existing and Coal FIRST) with energy storage, etc.

  • Existing nuclear with hydrogen production and utilization

  • Renewables with dispatchable options (batteries, NGCC)

  • Build on DOE investments in modeling and simulation capabilities to support a resilient, reliable, and cost-effective bulk power system.

Partner Laboratories

  • Idaho National Laboratory

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (Lead institution)

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Sandia National Laboratories

Academic Collaborators

  • University of Notre Dame

Utility Partners


  • Exelon

  • Bright Energy

  • ACES


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