SOE Engineer Magazine_Sept 2022 update

NEW $5.4 million grant PROPELS MICROGRID RESEARCH A $2.1 million grant from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Account kick-started the Center for Microgrid Research at St. Thomas. Now the university hopes to leverage its receipt of that grant, plus a $5.4 million investment from the state of Minnesota, to obtain $10 million to $15 million in federal research grants over the next five to 10 years. The Center for Microgrid Research is one of the only student-driven microgrid research facilities in the nation. At the center, Tommies help develop technology and are trained to shape the evolution of energy in the face of climate change.

Photo of electrical engineering major Rachel Pietsch by Liam James Doyle

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