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Bismarck State College

National Energy Center Excellence Smart Grid Laboratory (GridLab)


Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) is building a new laboratory to assist classroom and online workforce training in the areas of Smart Grid technology, distributed generation, demand response, and consumer integration of smart technologies. GridLab is a complete, integrated Smart Grid with a mock smart home, industrial loads, distributed and renewable generation, and advanced communication and control systems. It is interconnected and controlled from a web-based advanced smart control system that allows real-time access to facility energy data. Multiple scenarios will be tested to simulate various Smart Grid implementation and energy rate structures. GridLab can be operated locally or remotely. The GridLab Human Machine Interface is web-based and can be accessed from anywhere an Internet connection is available.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Zachery Allen
Principal Investigator
Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Recipient: Bismarck State Colleg
HQ State: North Dakota
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Total Budget: $808,958
Federal Share: $728,060
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Job retention and employee growth
  • Workforce trained in technical skills that can transform existing power systems to a Smart Grid
  • National Smart Grid growth

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

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