Sandia National Laboratories developed the Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT), decision support software for microgrid designers, is now publicly available for download. Intended for use in the early stages of the design process, MDT uses powerful search algorithms to identify and characterize alternative microgrid design decisions in terms of user-defined objectives such as cost, performance, and reliability.

Using the MDT, a designer can:

  • Search effectively through large design spaces for efficient alternatives
  • Investigate the simultaneous impacts of several design decisions
  • Derive defensible, quantitative evidence for decisions
  • Gain a quantitative understanding of the relationships between design objectives and the tradeoffs associated with alternate technological design decisions

The MDT and its underlying technologies have been used by several projects and agencies including the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration and Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) project that recently received recognition. It was also used for the backup power system for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey; and the U.S. Marine Corps for Expeditionary Units & Brigades.