GLEAMM (Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing) is a Texas State funded collaborative project with Texas Tech University and Group NIRE to provide a research platform for both academic and industrial research on microgrid technologies together with grid resiliency. GLEAMM consists of two
state-of-the-art research facilities, namely GLEAMM microgrid and the SMART (Simulation of the Microgrid Activities for Research and Training) center.
GLEAMM microgrid consists of a 150kW solar array, two batteries (24kW and 50kW), a 500kW tier four generator, two configurable load banks (500kW each), and a SCADA system. The microgrid can be operated in both islanded mode and grid-tied mode. In addition, the state-of-the-art SCADA system is equipped with MATLAB and LABVIEW programming interfaces, which enables the ability to conduct advanced research related to microgrid control and
optimization, big data analytics, cyber-security, and remotely accessible testbeds.
The other portion of the GLEAMM facility is a research center called the SMART center. It provides an advanced research platform for cyber-physical research on microgrid for both academic and industrial endeavors. On the research apparatus, it facilitates with digital real-time simulator (OPAL-RT), multiple physical Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs, from NI, GE, SEL), SCADA system, inverters, battery and updated license on different software like, MATLAB, eMEGASIM (RT-LAB), HYPERSIM, ePHASORSIM, eFPGASIM, PowerWorld (both industrial and educational). Also, The SMART center has a modernly equipped classroom with 12 seated capacity. Currently, this facility is used for research like advanced microgrid control, cyber security, false tolerance, weak grid vs. strong grid and many more.
GLEAMM has identified the importance of advancing technologies for microgrids and grid resiliency in next-generation power systems. On that note, with all its advanced technologies, GLEAMM envisions a great potential of empowering research related to microgrids and grid resiliency.
Bei Bei Ren, Texas Tech University