00:00 AM

Pitt's power lab at Energy Innovation Center will be one-of-a-kind

By early next year, Pittsburgh will have one of the country’s most advanced academic labs for the study of electrical power.

The Energy Innovation Center in the Lower Hill District will be the site of the University of Pittsburgh’s high-voltage, high-capacity electric power lab. The state-of-the-art facility will be a distribution-level location with a microgrid, high-tech control and operation, and connectivity to solar, wind and natural gas generation.

Greg Reed, director of Pitt’s Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute, said no academic center will have anything like it in terms of capacity and flexibility: It will have 15,000 volts and 5 megawatts of capacity, and both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) in the lab.

Read the full story (with subscription) at the Pittsburgh Business Times. 

Author: Author: Paul J. Gough, Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times

Contact: Paul Kovach