IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho National Laboratory teamed up with researchers here in the U.S. and Europe.
Their mission is to make power grids more resilient in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Today's demonstration was four years in the making. The simulators mimic a city's electrical grid.
Each site contributed something different from wind farms to solar panels. Although the simulation was in theory, the idea is sending electricity greater distances than we can now.
They say it's an innovation we need.
"We need equipment, we need things like that to address how do we get power up and running quickly to make it more reliable, more resilient and more environmentally friendly. So this is how it's going to have an influence on all our lives," says Manish Mohanpurkar, Group Energy Research Leader for the INL.
The groups included in this project are Colorado State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Washington State University, University of South Carolina, RWTH Aachen University, and Polytechnic University of Turin.