Solving Global Energy Challenges through Partnerships
PEDAL partners with UNESP University in Sao Paulo, Brazil and De Monfort University in Lancester, UK to promote smart grid to rural communities. A joint proposal led by Dr. Kulatunga with Prof. Subhes Battacharyya from De Montfort University and Prof. Dionizio Paschoareli Junior from UNESP submitted a proposal to the Global Innovations Innitiatives RFP requested by the United States State Department.
Landis+Gyr donates 30 Smart Meters with Gridstream Capabilities to build a new micro grid simulator.
Director Dr. Kulatunga visited NREL's new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to explore opprtunities for collaborations. See link below.
The Smart Meter Integration Lab (SMIL) -- an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) lab -- was designed to provide an environment where faculty, industry persons, and students would be able to explore and develop new innovations around smart grid metering devices to increase efficiency of electric power grid and to reduce per capita electric power consumption by integrating modern power electronics, communication technologies, and consumer behavior findings. Additionally, the lab will allow researchers to work with the most current technology in residential and commercial smart grids and to develop secondary applications (hardware) that utilize the features of smart grid devices. Through international collaborations, smart grid technologies and methodologies are used to solve global energy challenges. SMIL engages with public, k-12 students, post-secondary learners, utility employees, and researchers.
• Grid tower (Red, Yellow, Green), • Smart meter networks with remote controlled loads, • Command center and communications, • Smart appliances hardware, • Home display units and in-house controllers, • Energy and cost portals for consumers, • Software tools for appliance level load shifting feedback, • Renewable energy and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration, • Power electronics based hardware development and communication technology integration, • Consumer behavior studies and feedback program design, • Residential consumption simulator for public understanding (an interactive demonstration to show the benefit consumer behavior changes under time of the day use rate structures in 5 minutes), • Ability to simulate and demonstrate real world smart meter network projects with real world devices, • RESY-PMC Smart Grid simulator for operational control training and research
Microgrid Simulator with AMI
NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility
Visit http://www.nrel.gov/esi/esif.html and watch videos. The mission of Labs 1, 2, and 3 align with the mission of SMIL and PEDAL labs.