Economic Development and University Innovation

Shedding Light on the Value of Solar Power

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To keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology of electric power systems, the University of Pittsburgh Energy GRID Institute and Duquesne Light Co. (DLC) are partnering to create a collaborative platform that will advance and implement innovative solutions in support of a more secure, resilient, and clean energy grid.

A main component of the partnership is to develop electrical engineering students beyond the traditional bachelor’s degree. Three students, working in conjunction with ECE faculty, will be given the distinction of being named a Duquesne Light Company Electric Power Innovation Fellow.

In addition to workforce development, the partnership provides DLC with access to the University’s culture of innovation through collaboration with faculty and access to Pitt’s manufacturing network for future government proposals. They will also gain a physical footprint in the Energy Innovation Center and access to the medium voltage GRID laboratory space designed specifically for the power engineering community to test, evaluate and train personnel on power systems.

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Paul Kovach

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