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The Cem Microgrid is Capable of Operating at MW Power Levels

The Engineers at the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) located on the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) in Austin, TX, have assembled one of the largest and most dynamic test microgrids in the country.

Microgrids are receiving increased attention due to multiple events around the world that have threatened power delivery to critical systems such as hospitals and defense systems. Hurricane Katrina, the 2011 tsunami that struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, hurricane Sandy that engulfed the northeastern United States, as well as existing terrorist threats, have motivated homeland security and defense coordinators to evaluate the value of microgrids in the larger power infrastructure.

The UT-CEM microgrid is capable of operating at MW power levels. While low power tests can provide insight into system performance, experiments conducted at higher power levels can often reveal behavior that is not evident at the power levels seen in bench top experiments.

The UT-CEM microgrid can provide a bridge between the theoretical study of power systems and subsequent phases of hardware testing required for continuing technology development at MW power levels.

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MP4 version of the Microgrid video can be viewed here.

WMV version of the Microgrid video can be viewed here.

For more information please contact:
Mr. John Herbst
j.herbst@cem.utexas.edu
512-232-1645

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