Full-Scale Microgrid added to Power Systems Experience Center
Power management company Eaton has expanded the range of capabilities in its Power Systems Experience Center (PSEC), a full-scale training, testing and demonstration facility near Pittsburgh. The 21,000-square foot facility in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, now includes a complete microgrid solution, which powers the expansion, as well as hands-on demonstrations of a utility substation and utility distribution areas serving multiple markets, from industrial to residential. The PSEC's real-world training scenarios enhance learning opportunities for industrial, commercial and utility program participants that can be immediately applied to projects in the field.
â€œOur experience centers across the globe play a crucial role in giving engineers firsthand access to products and technologies powering their industries,â€ said Dan Carnovale, manager, Power Systems Experience Center, Eaton. â€œThe new experiences weâ€™ve added to our Warrendale facility allow us to display the full breadth of our offerings, from generator to plug, enabling visitors to improve their electrical engineering skills.
Eatonâ€™s PSEC facility typically hosts more than 6,000 engineers, technicians and other guests annually. The expanded training center capabilities in the facility will enable Eaton to host four or more simultaneous sessions or customer events thanks to added training rooms and physical space.
New and expanded experiences for customers in the Warrendale PSEC include: Full-scale microgrid featuring capabilities for solution testing and demonstrations for solar, battery storage, generator and utility feeds, as well as Eatonâ€™s Microgrid Controller. Utility substation featuring a capacitor bank, transformer, regulators, reclosers and feeder automation. Utility distribution area featuring residential, retail, light commercial and industrial vignettes and a simulation of powerline reclosers in action during a lightning storm.
Trade school area featuring several training demonstrations, Air Flow Drive demonstrations, a power systems lab bench and a â€œbehind the wallsâ€ display of commercial and residential facilities. Student workroom featuring Eatonâ€™s Wrightline testing and laboratory furniture. Training room(s) featuring a multipurpose 80-person, state-of-the-art room for training purposes with Eatonâ€™s new LED lighting solutions and lighting control system.
â€œMicrogrid management is increasingly critical in the evolution of the power grid,â€ said Carnovale. â€œOur expanded training offerings in this area, combined with the ability to showcase a full-scale demonstration of this technology, will provide an invaluable opportunity for customers and students to gain hands-on experience with our microgrid solutions in a live environment.â€