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Juice is flowing at Kansas State smart grid laboratory

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Development of smart grid technologies has flourished in recent years, with more utilities noting the benefits of such hardware and software improvement, raising the demand for more products.

To meet this higher demand, Kansas State University developed a new smart grid laboratory, which was recently opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that smart grid leaders from around the region attended.

According to The Associated Press, the laboratory will focus on matching electric power with the rising demand from consumers, and will train prospective electrical engineers, utility managers and systems operators, as well as perform research on how to continue to improve smart grid functions.

The lab is the result of several firms and university faculty members working together, with a number of smart grid companies donating equipment to be used and tested in the lab.

SUBNET's equipment has been used in similar research and testing facilities, as its products were designed to be vendor agnostic, enabling them to work with any number of highly disparate intelligent electronic devices. Likewise, some of the largest utilities in the country have adopted SUBNET technology to improve and simplify smart grid integration. 

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