Experiences Developing Large-Scale Synthetic U.S.-Style Distribution Test Systems

Bryan Palmintier, Tarek Elgindy, Carlos Mateo, Fernando Postigo, Tomás Gómez, Fernando de Cuadra, Pablo Martinez

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This paper describes computational, data management, and other experiences developing large-scale, realistic‑but-not-real U.S.-style distribution test systems for the Smart-DS project. These test systems cover entire metropolitan areas and include everything from low-voltage secondaries to sub-transmission for hundreds or thousands of feeders making them as much as three orders of magnitude larger than existing single feeder test systems. Lessons learned with automation and data handling are shared to aid data set users and synthetic test grid creators.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number106665
Number of pages7
JournalElectric Power Systems Research
StatePublished - 2021

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-79400


  • Power distribution
  • Power system planning
  • Reference network model
  • Synthetic networks
  • Test systems


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