Who We Are
Group NIRE was formed in 2010 by Texas Tech University to provide industry, government and academia with a field demonstration site to solve the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources and emerging energy-efficiency technologies with the electric grid—while ensuring that the grid is resilient and secure in the face of growing cybersecurity and extreme weather concerns.
Stretching over 2,000 acres, our field site provides optimal real-world conditions with consistent wind speeds throughout the year. This gives manufacturers a larger window of time to test a wind turbine or other distributed energy resources to their limits.
What Sets Us Apart
INNOVATING WITH OUR CLIENTS
We are passionate about helping our customers create transformative science and technology solutions to modernize the power grid. Our research facility is designed to allow manufacturers the ability to test and demonstrate their prototype technology in a real world environment.
REAL WORLD ENVIRONMENT
We believe simulating realistic scenarios in a controlled environment is good, but interconnecting that same technology on the electric grid is better. Our facility allows manufacturers to go beyond the lab and see how their solutions actually perform in the field.
WE WORK WITH CERTIFICATION BODIES
Our niche in the market is providing a plug and play facility for our customers. We are not an independent accredited certification company. Instead, companies like DNV-GL, UL and others provide that service for our customers at our facility.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH UTILITIES
Our success is largely due to long-term agreements with local utilities. The support from the utilities in West Texas allow for research projects to move quickly and safely.