Power Systems Integration Lab
With over 300 remote communities whose reliance on diesel power results in some of the highest energy costs in the nation, Alaska has a strong interest in improving performance of both new and existing systems. To address this need, ACEP has established the Power Systems Integration Lab for testing hardware and software components within an integrated grid system.
The Power Systems Integration Lab operates on the same scale as a village power system, and has the ability to be modified for individual test scenarios. The lab transforms a potentially chaotic field testing environment into a continuously improving process for optimizing efficiencies.
Designed for maximum flexibility, this system is capable of testing a wide range of islanded microgrid and distributed generation scenarios, as well as the performance of individual components. Examples include next generation utility energy storage such as innovative battery systems and flywheel technology, diesel-off operation, power electronics development and testing, and model verification.
The ACEP energy testing facilities offers unique capabilities, both in terms of equipment and its employees with years of experience working in a remote village power plants in rural Alaska. Partnering with industry, government and academia, the Power Systems Integration (PSI) laboratory provides a controlled environment for a broad range of product testing, including power control technologies, in an environment which is capable of closely mimicking a real-world environment. Within a 5,000 square foot facility, ACEP provides infrastructure and technical expertise to validate new technology for our test partners. As a University of Alaska Fairbanks facility, ACEP has no vested interest in any specific technology. ACEP’s PSI laboratory supports the power industry by making its facilities and expertise available for testing new ideas specific to micro-grid power generation on a day-rate basis. The PSI lab was specially designed to further the integration of intermittent generating sources (such as wind and solar) with conventional power generation.