As one of the nation’s top research universities, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) requires a reliable source of electric power to sustain their world-class marine and medical research facilities.
This led the university to build their own microgrid so that even during bulk electric power system disturbances, these critical facilities would always have power.
The microgrid solution for UCSD had two requirements:
SEL Engineering Services designed a solution using SEL powerMAX Power Management and Control System technology to quickly balance the load and available generation on the university’s microgrid in the event of a disturbance. The system combines SEL intelligent electronic devices located throughout the campus, including protection, control, automation, and communications products.
UCSD’s powerMAX protection and control system was installed in the summer of 2015. Today, UCSD’s microgrid is able to detect unstable conditions in the main grid and quickly island itself, and shed noncritical load so that critical areas like SIO and the UC San Diego Health System can maintain reliable operation. In addition, the campus has the flexibility to manage its power import from the grid and generate power locally.
At a university like UC San Diego, the importance of ensuring a reliable source of energy cannot be overstated. As one of the nation’s 10 largest centers for science, engineering and medicine, we need to do everything possible to prevent a power supply disruption.