ACCELERATING OUR ENERGY FUTURE
MSL is the winner of the Silver Award in the Smart Grid pillar of the 2022 Energy Smart Communities Initiative Best Practices Awards Program, given by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
The Microgrid Systems Laboratory is a collaborative effort to speed the transition to a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable 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 industrialized world, modernizing the existing grid for improved performance, and to meet economic, security, and environmental goals.
Many experts believe these decentralized solutions 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 works to accelerate the deployment of microgrid systems and related 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
Through these activities, and its core programs, partners, and facilities, MSL focuses on developing practical solutions to the challenges that inhibit rapid decarbonization and decentralization of the energy system. See our current newsletter and news posts for activity updates