CE-CERT is a proud member of the CalTestBed Program, testing a variety of new energy technologies such as Electric, Connected and Automated Vehicle testing, Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative, Vehicle to Grid testing, and more. This membership provides access to diverse California communities and partnerships within the California Energy Commission's Innovative Ecosystem. CalTestbed offers a wide collection of assets, facilities, infrastructure, and resources on a global scale to clean energy entrepreneurs. CalTestBed's initiative will provide $8.8 million in testing vouchers to clean energy innovators to use at one of nearly 30 testing facilities through California. You can find a description of each of CE-CERT's CalTestBed facilities below.
If you are interested in learning more about CE-CERT's facilities to test or validate your clean energy device, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the CalTestBed program and to apply, please visit: CalTestBed Website
Electric Drive Vehicle Testing Laboratories
CE-CERT has unique capabilities to test a variety of electric drive vehicles, including pure battery electric, fuel-cell, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. With two state-of-the art chassis dynamometers, both light-duty and heavy-duty EVs can be tested. CE-CERT has developed a wide range of electric drive testing protocols, providing research results to industry, government agencies, and academia. Point of Contact: Kent Johnson, email@example.com
SIGI: Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative
CE-CERT has well established microgrid testbeds and laboratories for pre-commercial testing of new technologies in a "living-lab" environment. Over the last six years, UCR researchers have designed and implemented numerous microgrid systems including 2.2 MWh of battery energy storage, over 11 MW solar PV, 8 MW of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) for chiller operations, and multiple electric vehicle chargers including supervisory control and data acquisition systems. These unique microgrid and smartgrid testbeds with plug and play capabilities possess the ability to validate carious Hardware in Loop (HiL) scenarios. in addition to energy system modeling in Loop (Hil) scenarios. In addition to energy system modeling, UCR can utilize its microgrid testbed for evaluating specific microgrid designs that will be placed elsewhere. Point of contact: Sadrul Ula, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shared, Electric, Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing
When considering how to get to zero-carbon mobility, there are generally four strategies to consider: 1) build more efficient vehicles that emit less carbon (e.g. HEVs, BEVs, and fuel-cell EVs); 2) utilize low- or zero- carbon fuel such as electricity or hydrogen; 3) implement programs that reduce overall VMT; and 4) employ ITS and automation technology to improve transportation system efficiency. UC Riverside has set up testbeds to evaluate Shared Mobility (addressing strategy 3), Transportation Electrification (addressing strategies 1 & 2), and Connected and Automated Vehicles (addressing strategy 4).
A key vehicle testbed, the Innovation Corridor, located in Riverside, CA. consists of a six-mile section between the main UCR campus and downtown Riverside. This arterial corridor has been outfitted with traffic signal controllers that broadcast signal phase and timing, employ video analytics, and is used for experimentation with shared, electric, connected and automated vehicle (e.g., cars, buses, and trucks). Point of contact: Matthew Barth, email@example.com
Electrical Motor Systems Testing Laboratory
This testing facility, developed with California Energy Commission (CEC) funding, is capable of efficiency and load testing of electric motors and Adjustable Speed Drive (ASD) up to 100hp. The facility can also measure electric system harmonics. This is the first independent electric motor testing center in the state of California capable of providing unbiased evaluation of motor efficiency at various operating conditions. This facility is available for use by the industry professionals, academics, and other stake holders. Point of contact: Sadrul Ula, firstname.lastname@example.org
V2G: Vehicle to Grid
Vehicle to Grid (V2G) architectures allow grid connected vehicles to transfer power from the vehicle back to the electric supply infrastructure. The optimization of V2G requires properly configured vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). UC Riverside has created a microgrid testbed with integrated V2G capabilities. The system utilizes both light duty passenger EVs and larger transit vehicles. Research is focused on system architectures, controls, optimization, energy management, and communications. Point of contact: Mike Todd, email@example.com
Water Energy Nexus
About 20% of electricity use in California is treating, pumping, and distribution of water. With funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC), CE-CERT has demonstrated and deployed an energy management and data acquisition and supervisory control strategies that reduce peak loads and electricity costs in the delivery and treatment of water at each of the three water district locations. The three deployments utilize existing on-site SCADA architectures and implement the Energy Management System (EMS) within the existing architecture. This demonstration project highlights a pathway for water agencies in California to reduce their peak energy consumption sustainability with no decrement in service or reliability. The project also identifies "real world" implementation issues that have not emerged in previous proof-of-concept research. Point of contact: Sadrul Ula, firstname.lastname@example.org
Electric Drive Vehicle Testing Laboratories
Heavy Duty Dynomometer We perform testing on any electric truck in a wide range of configurations. Light Duty Chassis Dynamometer We perform testing on any light-duty electric vehicle in a wide range of configurations. EV Data Acquisition System: Real-Time Monitoring System Software and Sensors We perform measuring dynamometer physical loads, battery SOC, vehicle voltage, current, and energy efficiency services.
Point of contact: Kent Johnson, email@example.com
SIGI: Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative Testbed
Solar Panels We perform extensive solar testing including soiling, efficiency, curtailment, performance, microgrid integration, and islanding. Inverters We perform efficiency testing (5kW to MW+), curtailment, islanding, voltage support, reactive power control, and grid ancillary services. Battery Energy Storage We perform microgrid integration, control optimization, Battery Management System (BMS), performance, and islanding services. Microgrid Control and Integration We perform system architecture, net zero configuration, distributed generation, controls, and load management services. Load Management We perform SCADA, islanding, microgrid integration, control optimization, and energy profiling services. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) We perform system optimization, system configuration, energy measurement, and load management performance monitoring services. Vehicle to Grid As of 2019, SIGI now offers testing of vehicle-to-grid algorithms using the latest V2G inverter systems.
Point of contact: Sadrul Ula, Sadrul.Ula@ucr.edu
- Shared, Electric, Connected, Automated Vehicle Testing
Electric Motor System Testing Laboratories
Industrial Electric Motors We perform zero rated torque, efficiency at various loading condition, quantification of voltage and current harmonics, range 0-100hp testing. Variable Frequency Drives We perform efficiency at various loading condition, quantification of voltage and current harmonics, range 0-100hp testing. Wind Generators We perform zero rated torque, efficiency at various loading condition, quantification of voltage and current harmonics, range 0-100hp testing. Custom Designed Special Purpose Electric Motors We perform zero rated torque, efficiency at various loading condition, quantification of voltage and current harmonics, range 0-100hp testing.
Point of contact: Sadrul Ula, firstname.lastname@example.org
V2G: Vehicle to Grid
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) We perform V2G capability, performance, measurement, access control, billing, and communication services. V2G Capabilities We provide energy measurements, capacity, vehicle connectivity, and protocol services. Microgrid Control Integration We provide system architecture, net zero configurations, controls, and load management services. Load Management We perform SCADA, islanding, microgrid integration, control optimization and energy profiling services. Vehicle Activity
We provide energy profiles, trip activity, charging activity, GIS based analysis, and vehicle energy monitory services.
Point of Contact: Mike Todd, email@example.com
Water Energy Nexus
Energy Management Systems (EMS) We perform customized development and validation services. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) We perform customized development and validation services. Real-Time Monitoring System Software and Sensors We perform development, testing, and validation services.
Point of Contact: Sadrul Ula, firstname.lastname@example.org