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Testing next-generation energy technologies

A closeup of Chen Ching Liu

Smart grid lab seeks ways to thwart blackouts, save energy, and deliver on customer preferences

Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies and address the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid. Working with a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, they are building a model city of the future with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

Leading the effort is Chen-Ching Liu, director of WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center. Working closely with Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Avista, and other partners, … » More …