“Everything Inside the Lab is Dependent on Electric Power”

Sedelia DominguezPhD candidate, WSU Allen School

Sedelia Dominguez is a PhD candidate studying the Francisella pathogen in a high-level biosafety laboratory at the Washington State University (WSU) Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health in Pullman, Washington. Reliable, uninterrupted electric power is absolutely essential to the research she and others perform in these labs as well as the safety of the surrounding community.

The laboratories are backed by a continuous supply of electric power, coursing across an intricate network of generators, wires, transformers, and substations—the electric power grid. The devices we make at SEL are embedded in this network, protecting the flow of power so she can focus on developing the next life-saving vaccine.

We do our part so they can do theirs, and together we power the future.

From the generation source, high-voltage electricity travels great distances along transmission lines through a series of substations until it reaches communities, where it is distributed to homes, schools, businesses, and more. SEL devices play a critical role in protecting the power at each stage.