New GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab at U of Western Ontario
By Anthony Capkun
GE Digital Energy has donated an Innovation Lab for power systems and communications to The University of Western Ontario (London, Ont.). The newly named GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab will give students and faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) hands-on experience with the latest power system protection and communications technology.
This technology is used to improve the resiliency and responsiveness of
the electrical grid, says GE Digital Energy, and enable greater
connectivity and increased security for utilities and consumers. Using
the Innovation Lab, students and faculty will further their research in
advanced protection and hardened communications systems, including
wireless and ethernet.
“Western Engineering is very grateful for this generous donation from
GE Digital Energy to support power and communication systems education
and research,” said Andrew Hrymak, dean, Engineering. “The Innovation
Laboratory will provide leading-edge equipment to further efforts in
smart grid and green energy technology areas and support our
internationally recognized faculty.”
The GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab will open on November 18. The
equipment, valued at $362,000, includes protection relays, substation
communications equipment, digital radios, test switches, and monitoring
and diagnostics software.