Renewable & Distributed Power

InteGrid Test and Development Laboratory

The InteGrid Laboratory at the EECL ranks among the world's most advanced centers for test and development related to renewable energy, distributed generation, and power system management. Research conducted using InteGrid focuses on renewable and distributed technology development, commercial-scale equipment and system simulation, and islanded and grid-connected systems for hybrid power system operation. Operated in partnership with Spirae, the EECL is leading the way in Smart Grid technology research. www.integridlab.com
Fort Collins Zero Energy District (FortZED)

FortZED is a set of active projects and initiatives, funded by the Department of Energy and created by public-private partnerships, which uses Smart Grid and renewable energy technologies to achieve local power generation and energy demand management. The EECL is participating in both the demonstration and research portions of the FortZED project. Distributable generators capable of producing approximately 2 MW of electricity will be located at the lab. The EECL will conduct significant research on plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) and will house three network-controlled connection points for charging and discharging PHEVs to test "Vehicle-to-Grid" (V2G) technology. A fuel cell will also be integrated into the lab. Finally, the EECL will develop an "Organic Rankine Cycle" generator powered by waste heat from other generators - a technology that could potentially improve the efficiency of generatorsby 5-8%.
ADCAT 3-Way Catalyst Testing (NSCR)

An exhaust after treatment 3-way catalyst system simultaneously reduces NOx, HC, and CO with an air/fuel ratio at or close to stoichiometric. This important emissions reduction technology is commonly used in industrial natural gas and automotive gasoline engines. Sponsored by Emerachem.
Nathan McCaskey's Thesis Abstract - click to view full document

The purpose of this paper is to quantify the impact of installing renewable energy sources on the fuel consumption, supply-line casualty rate, and operating cost of an Air Force forward operating base (FOB) through the use of computer simulations. This paper also discusses the potential of a leave-behind strategy (i.e. leaving renewable energy systems behind after US departure). [...]