The Microgrid Systems Lab is structured as three synergistic operations, representing the core elements of Innovation, Education, and Certification. These core operations are supported by a variety of Member institutions, drawn from a broad range of relevant sectors, many of which also operate their own facilities.
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The Microgrid Innovation Consortium (MIC) is responsible for applied R&D and innovation. It focuses on cross-sector collaboration (including utility, manufacturing, ICT, systems integration, regulatory, policy, business model, and finance perspectives), practical technology and standards development, and consumer behavior and energy applications. Led by theSanta Fe Innovation Park,collaborators are from all relevant disciplines, and work to solve practical challenges relating to the development and deployment of microgrid systems, to drive tangible, real-world progress in the field. MIC’s methodology emphasizes cross-disciplinary collaboration, with a whole-system orientation, so as to understand the interactions of all the various factors at play. This work includes technical, conceptual, and experimental, with a global scope, using MSL’s full capabilities and facilities and expanded resourcenetwork.
The Microgrid Education Center (MEC) will provide technical training, ongoing development for industry professionals, custom training for industry,and upper-level courses and advanced degrees through university partnerships, along with “train the trainer” offerings for global deployments.Santa Fe Community Collegeis establishing this national center, to be integrated with MSL’s other activities. The electric industry workforce is graying rapidly, and will require large numbers of new workers soon. In order to keep pace with the technological innovations affecting the industry, there will be a crucial need for appropriately trained technical staff at all levels and sectors of the industry, a need that SFCC’s training center will address. The College is a State Center of Excellence in Biofuels, and in Energy Efficiency.
The Microgrid Certification Center (MCC) is under development as a testing and certification facility for components, modules, sub-systems, and complete microgrid systems to ensure proper operation and plug-and-play interoperability, under a diverse range of conditions and utility grid-connection states, and will also lead an effort to develop applicable international standards. The MCC facility will include as many types of generation as possible on-site on or near the SFCC campus (e.g., solar, wind, biomass, geothermal), with a total capacity estimated at up to 40 megawatts. A certification standard will be developed and an official certification will be available for those components that meet the standard, ensuring overall performance and plug-and-play compatibility. This will allow multiple vendors to bid on commercial systems, with total assurance of cross-vendor interoperability, thus accelerating implementation, encouraging competition, and promoting modularization and innovation.
MSL currently has the following collaborating member institutions:
- Los Alamos National Laboratory*
- Sandia National Laboratories*
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory*
- Duke Energy
- Center for Emerging Energy Technologies at UNM
- HOMER Energy
- SteamaCo (Kenya)
- The Clean Coalition
- Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District (Canada)
- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities
- The Energy and Resources Institute* (India)
- General MicroGrids
- Modern Grid Solutions
- Smart Cities Council
*Indicates members of the MSL Research Network (MRN).
MRN is an international group of research centers, affiliated public ministries and agencies, and existing research partnerships and networks, working in the microgrid or minigrid domain, and on related technologies and topics. MRN’s member institutions cooperate in this regard by:
- Sharing the results of their non-proprietary work
- Joining collaborative project or program teams
- Acting as local experts and affiliates in their geographic home regions
- Engaging in joint technology transfer and commercialization when desired
- Supporting MSL’s efforts to establish international standards
- Participating in MSL conferences, colloquia, and workshop