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Systems Performance Laboratory

The Energy Systems Integration Facility's System Performance Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind testing space that connects appliances, a home, and even a community in an end-to-end energy ecosystem.

Photo of engineers working in the Systems Performance Laboratory.

Capability Hubs

The Systems Performance Laboratory offers the following capabilities.


Residential Loads

The residential loads hub contains two residential electrical systems with associated smart home appliance suites aimed at facilitating research in home energy management.

Key Infrastructure

Home electrical panel infrastructure, appliances, sub-metering, research electrical distribution bus (REDB) access, natural gas supply


Small Commercial Loads

The small commercial loads hub includes building electrical infrastructure with common outlets and mounting infrastructure for appliances and distributed energy resources for demonstrating building energy management.

Key Infrastructure

Home electrical panel infrastructure, appliances, sub-metering, REDB access, natural gas supply, real-time digital simulator


Commercial Photovoltaics with Array

The commercial photovoltaic (PV) hub enables demonstration and testing of commercial PV inverters and includes access to rooftop PV panels.

Key Infrastructure

House power, REDB access, rooftop array access


Small Commercial Power Hardware in the Loop

The small commercial power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) test bay is dedicated to small-scale power hardware-in-the-loop studies of inverters and other commercial equipment.

Key Infrastructure

House power, REDB access, fume hood, noise isolation, PV simulator, natural gas supply


Multi-Inverter Power Hardware in the Loop

The multi-inverter test bay is dedicated to simultaneous small-scale PHIL studies of multiple inverters and other commercial equipment.

Key Infrastructure

House power, REDB access, noise isolation, equipment mounting structure, grid simulator, PV simulator


Cyber Security Power Hardware in the Loop

The cyber security test bay is dedicated to small-scale PHIL of distributed generation management networks and cybersecurity protections integrated with power electronics.

Key Infrastructure

House power, REDB access, noise isolation, cyber security distributed generation management testbed, Opal-RT


Recent Research


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