ACCELERATING OUR ENERGY FUTURE
The Microgrid Systems Laboratory is a collaborative effort to speed the transition to a more resilient, sustainable, and accessible electricity system.
Microgrids are community-scaled smart energy networks, and are enabling infrastructure for smart grid and other advanced energy technologies. This includes deployments in the developing world, to help alleviate “energy poverty” for an estimated 2.4 billion people; in the emerging economies, to reinforce and extend infrastructure; and in the industrial world, retrofitting the existing grid for improved performance, and to meet economic, security, and environmental goals.
Many experts believe microgrids are the future of the electric power system because of their many advantages. But much work still needs to be done to make those benefits real, including ways to address large technical, structural, financial, and regulatory gaps. MSL is designed to play an internationally prominent role in this much-needed innovation.
MSL’s mission is to accelerate the deployment of microgrid systems and decentralized architectures worldwide. The Lab works with a broad range of collaborators, in order to:
- Perform sponsored research
- Support prototype, pilot, and demonstration projects
- Advance its own applied R&D and innovation agenda, including human, social, and community factors
- Train a qualified workforce
- Provide systems-level testing and certification