Industry & Universities Working Together
We are passionate about working with government, industry and academia on addressing the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources and emerging energy-efficiency technologies with the electric grid.
Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing (GLEAMM)
The GLEAMM project, which is funded by the state of Texas, combines the research and commercialization expertise of Texas Tech University (TTU) with the field testing, certification and development capability of Group NIRE. The $13 million project provides funds for TTU researchers and students to leverage Group NIRE’s facilities to develop, test and commercialize technologies geared towards modernizing the power grid.
Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute
The United States Department of Homeland Security funded a team comprised of Group NIRE and Texas Tech University to create a workforce development program for the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI).
Three Initial Modules Focused On
- System failure associated with extreme weather events and associated failure/post-event analysis and preemptive design for resilience
- System failure associated with mechanical failures and associated failure/post event analysis and preemptive design for resilience
- Cyber security attacks and loss of communication and how to restore communications utilizing radio networks/troubleshooting the issue
Collaborative Industry-Academic Synchrophasor Engineering Program
Texas Tech University in collaboration with the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies, Group NIRE, South Plains Electric Cooperative and National Instruments has established a research collaborative team focused on the integration of synchrophasor technology into TTU's curriculum.
Scholarships in Synchrophasor Device Engineering
The DOE-PMU scholarships will be used to enhance student understanding of grid stability and operation in a real-time environment. Scholarships will be awarded to exceptional students to address critical workforce needs for energy management and energy efficiency.Scholarship Details
2014 PMU Workshop
The 2014 PMU Workshop featured speakers from a variety of companies and organizations, including:
- Oncor Electric Delivery
- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
- National Instruments
Energy Resource Management Conference
In 2015, Group NIRE and Texas Tech hosted the Energy Resource Management Conference which featured industry leaders to discuss grid security, energy storage and renewable energy. Speakers included decision makers from the Department of Homeland Security, General Electric, Intel and more. Forbes contributors Peter Kelly-Detwiler and Roger Kay served as the official moderators for the event.
1 MW Lithium-Ion Battery
Group NIRE and Texas Tech were selected to deploy a 1 MW Lithium-Ion Battery at Group NIRE's field test site. With funds assisted from the DOE, Group NIRE is able to test and operate the 1 MW Lithium-Ion Battery in concert with the wind turbines and load currently in operation at the Reese Technology Center. Over the years, companies like DNV GL and Shell have conducted research using the energy storage system.
Group NIRE, in partnership with Texas Tech University, Sandia National Laboratories and Vestas, built and deployed the new Scaled Wind Farm Technology ("SWiFT") facility. Commissioned on July 9, 2013 at the Reese Technology Center, the SWiFT facility consists of three small-scale wind turbines totaling a nameplate capacity of 900kw.