Outdoor Testing Areas
The Energy Systems Integration Facility's outdoor testing areas allow utilities and researchers to evaluate electrical distribution-level equipment.
The outdoor testing areas offer the following capabilities.
The large microgrids hub, located in the outdoor low-voltage test yard, includes underground trench access for power connections to research electrical distribution bus (REDB) connection boards for integrated testing of outdoor microgrid switchgear and distributed energy resources.
Diesel generators, microturbines, secured outdoor pads, house power
The flywheel hub includes underground pits for full enclosure of rotating machinery under test.
Secured underground pits
Plug-In Vehicle Interactions/Networks
The plug-in vehicle interactions/networks hub offers parking and Level 2 charging infrastructure for up to 12 plug-in electric vehicles on a reconfigurable distribution circuit.
Parking space, 12 vehicle charging stations, networked data acquisition, medium voltage access, REDB access, residential transformers
Medium-Voltage Electrical Equipment
The large outdoor medium-voltage test yard hosts the medium-voltage electrical equipment hub, which contains underground cable trenches and overhead utility poles for testing of distribution voltage (13.2 kV nominal) transformers, capacitors banks, and distributed energy resources.
Medium-voltage access, REDB access, secured outdoor pads, medium-voltage equipment poles, networked data acquisition
Large-Scale Energy Storage
The large-scale outdoor equipment hub offers space for testing of containerized industrial or commercial distributed energy resources.
House power, secured outdoor pads, REDB access