Press Release

November 5th, 2009 - University of Western Ontario Power System Innovation Lab     PDF      Word

GE Digital Energy Announces Donation of Power System Innovation Lab to the University of Western Ontario

GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab will further University’s research into Smart Grid power systems and communications technology


Smart Grid Research: A demonstration is given at the Innovation Laboratory opening, using the advanced protection, control, and communications devices donated by GE.

GE Digital Energy has announced the donation of an Innovation Lab for power systems and communications to The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The newly named GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab will give undergraduate, graduate, PhD students and faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) hands-on experience with the latest power system protection and communications technology. This technology is used to improve the resiliency and responsiveness of the electrical grid and enable greater connectivity and increased security for utilities and consumers.

Using the Innovation Lab, students and faculty will further their research in advanced protection and hardened communications systems, including wireless and Ethernet. The Innovation Lab will enable enhanced experiments and testing in power system protection and stability, electrical substation automation, IEC 61850 and Communications. This research will allow students and faculty to develop new tools and algorithms that will result in smarter control and communications technology, helping to create the smarter electrical grid of tomorrow.

The GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab opened on November 18, 2009. The new high-tech equipment, valued at $362,000 CDN, includes protection relays, substation communications equipment, wireless communications, test switches, and monitoring software.


View photos from the official opening of the GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab

Read Western Engineering's coverage of the Innovation Lab donation