The Control Room Lab (CRL) with the Smart Grid Center (SGC) is an innovative vision of a large-scale, seamlessly integrated Power System Control Center of the future, featuring an integrated training room and facilities that emulate end-to-end control systems. The CRL functions as a living laboratory, one that continuously monitors certain sites in various grids through virtual substation equipment, as well as monitoring numerous sensors located throughout the RELLIS Campus. By developing advanced technology, fostering innovation and instilling management and entrepreneurial skills, this unique facility will empower students and young professionals in the industry to become the next generation of leaders who will serve the public, government, industry and academia.
- Control Center of the future.
- Big Data, particularly integration framework of Geographic Information Systems.
- Applications of precise timing provided by Global Positioning System of Satellites.
- Synchrophasors and synchronized sampling technology for T&D applications.
- Flexible loads, including on-site and distributed generation, and energy storage.
- Renewable generation forecast with focus on solar and wind generation at different scales.
- Future wholesale ancillary service products and retail market participation strategies.
- Predictive control and protection with real-time and operations planning implementations.
- Cyber-physical security with emphasis on interactions between different critical infrastructures.
- Integrated training room and facilities that emulate end-to-end control systems including substations and communication network.
- Continuously monitoring certain sites in various grids through actual or virtual substation equipment.
- Monitoring numerous sensors to be located throughout the RELLIS Campus.
- Capabilities/expertise in several key smart grid areas:
- Digital grid and its interfacing with customers and the population at large.
- Electricity Transmission/Distribution and Production/Consumption control systems.
- Clean Energy Enabling Technologies and their integration with the grid.
- Electrified Transportation System with charging options in the built environment.
- Computer Information Services and Smart Cities.
- Energy-related Markets.
Dr. Tom Overbye
Lab Director, Professor, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M