Facilities Innovation

Discoveries and innovation are facilitated by investments in the design, construction, and operations of specialized test systems and research tools. An advanced technical program will not remain vital without a continual upgrading and full exploitation of the experimental and computational tools that foster new grid-related discoveries. These capabilities often push technology development earlier and harder than almost any other activity. Accordingly, the GRID Institute’s capabilities will be grounded by a state-of-the-art, internationally benchmarked, laboratory facilities. The combination of low, medium, and high-voltage testing and operational facilities will not only allow students and industry to test across the full spectrum of electricity-related innovation, but will also be able to act as its own independent microgrid – in essence, effectively institutionalizing the concept of a “living laboratory” for the students, faculty, and staff associated with the GRID Institute.