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Group NIRE & Texas Tech University

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

  1. System failure associated with extreme weather events and associated failure/post-event analysis and preemptive design for resilience
  2. System failure associated with mechanical failures and associated failure/post event analysis and preemptive design for resilience
  3. 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
  • OSIsoft
  • National Instruments
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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.

Our Work With Industry



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.

Virtual Tour of SWiFT Facility

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Group NIRE has selected Texas Tech University graduate student Shamsul Arefeen to help support them in a four-year project for the Department of Energy. Through CHARGES, the DOE will test and evaluate energy storage technologies in both realistic conditions and controlled environments. Read more...
Texas Tech University and Group NIRE have been funded by the Department of Homeland Security over the next two years to train homeland security professionals through a workforce development program. Read more...
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Intel Security, a leading provider of comprehensive security solutions to local governments and energy sectors around the word, today announced a technology platform that could secure both legacy and new capabilities within the electric power grid. Read more...
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The Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing (GLEAMM) has deployed a solar array at the Reese Technology Center to help students understand the relationship between solar energy and battery storage. The combination of solar energy and energy storage is beneficial. Read more...