Sustainable Energy Lab

Location: 20-150
Coordinator: Dr. Dale Dolan

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Welcome to 20-150.  This is the home of our renewable energy and power systems project laboratory.     This laboratory includes photovoltaic training equipment.   It also hosts our power systems CAD software stations.   This laboratory is part of our evolving advanced power systems laboratory.    An outline of the advanced power systems laboratory initiative is as follows:

Advanced Power Systems Laboratory:

The electric power systems and power electronics specializations in the Electrical Engineering (EE) department attracts a large portion of our Electrical Engineering students and employers each year.   EE has a long tradition in power system education and are investing in an advanced power system laboratories. The advanced power system laboratories includes two development of two laboratories. The first involves upgrading the functionality of existing laboratories to support a key feature of configurable micro-grid system laboratory with renewable power generation, distribution network, advanced protection and controls, cyber security, and energy storage utilizing various smart grid technologies. Another advanced power system laboratory development will accommodate for utilization of emerging technologies in any engineering fields relevant to the advancement of power systems. Thus, a key feature of this lab entails the multidisciplinary nature of projects stemming from different aspects of the laboratory. The new lab is called the Smart House lab and will require a new space to establish. This will be the lab where students and faculty conduct projects and research on smart home technologies incorporating emerging technologies such as “Internet of Things”, energy harvesting, advanced/smart appliances, hybrid electrical systems, advanced materials, just to name a few.

Key initial partners are Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, our California Power Utility Partners, the California Energy Commission, Solar Photovoltaic System Installers and our large power systems Alumni workforce.  The department will need a wide array of partners, collaborators and supporters since these labs will include features of modern and trends for future power systems.

Students will benefit from the new Advanced Power System laboratories by experiencing both traditional and modern power system features, and the merging of power systems with other fields of engineering.

Current Equipment

Laboratory Equipment (14 stations, 1 student per station)


Each instructional lab station is equipped with:



(1)   Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 755, Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHZ,  6 GB
                                                                 RAM, 250 GB HD

Operating System:




Additional equipment available in the laboratory:



(1)   Frequency Relay                              Asea Brown Boveri 81          

(1)   Sine Wave Inverter                          Xantrex 1800 120V/60Hz

(1)   Electronic Load                               BK Precision 8514 1200W

(2)   Power Supply                                   BK Precision 9153 60V/9A

(2)   Resistor Box                                    Clarostat 240-C          

(1)   Function Generator                          Hewlett Packard 3311A 100 KHz

(1)   Function Generator                          Agilent 33220A 20 MHz

(1)   LCR Meter                                       Hewlett Packard 4275A        

(1)   LCR Meter                                       Hewlett Packard 4284A 20 Hz - 1 MHz

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Hewlett Packard 54603B 60 MHz 2ch

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6031A 20V/120A 1000W

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6294A 60B/1A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6626A        

(1)   Pulse Generator                                Hewlett Packard 8114A 100V/2A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Electronic Measurements 960-5402   

(3)   Transformer                                      General Electric 9JP1 

(1)   Printer                                              Hewlett Packard Color LaserJet CP4005n    

(1)   Power Supply                                   Agilent E3630A 6V/2.5A 20V/0.5A

(1)   Handheld Multimeter                      Extech EX330           

(1)   Power Supply                                   Lambda LPD-421A-FM 20V/1.7A

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Agilent MSO-X 2012A 100 MHz 2ch USB

(1)   Battery Tester                                  Arbin MSTAT4 10A/110V 50/60Hz

(1)   Solar Charge Controller                   OutBack MX-60        

(1)   Power Supply                                   Samlex SSW-600-12A 12.5V/60A 600W

(3)   Oscilloscope                                     Tektronix TDS 2002 60 MHz 2ch

(1)   Multimeter/Power Supply                Agilent U3606A 30V/1A 8V/3A

(1)   Soldering Iron                                  Weller WESD51        

(2)   Bench Power Supply                       AC/DC 40A