SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 16, 2011 – Power Analytics Corporation has made a software donation with a list price value of $150,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) — a recognized leader in electrical power and alternative energy research. The donation consists of licenses of the Company’s Paladin® DesignBase™ modeling software, used for the design, simulation and optimization of mission-critical electrical power infrastructure.
The software will be used for both research and instructional purposes, to help members of the university community study and understand what can be done to make public and private electrical power networks more reliable, resilient and energy efficient — while also making them “smarter.”
“Engineering software has become very powerful in modeling the real world,” said Jan Kleissl, a professor of environmental engineering, whose lab will be using Paladin DesignBase. “We are fortunate to have access to the best software in the power industry to simulate microgrids; it is accurate, fast and easy to use.”
So far, Kleissl’s research has focused on solar radiation and how solar panels produce power. Paladin DesignBase will allow him and colleagues to better understand what happens once the panels’ output gets into the general power grid. “We can bridge that gap to the power grid,” Kleissl said. “We were not able to do that before this donation.”
Paladin DesignBase also allows users to simulate virtual solar power grids. They can ask, for example, what would happen if UC San Diego’s solar grid was 10 to 20 times bigger. The software has been installed in Kleissl’s lab since mid-July. “I’m very excited to finally have it here,” he said.
The donation continues an established and prolific relationship between Power Analytics and UC San Diego in Smart Grid and microgrid development. The Company is a key technology partner supporting the university’s efforts to develop its own campus-wide Master Controller to provide economic and environmental optimization of its 45 MW microgrid. The UC San Diego Master Controller includes optimization software from Power Analytics and other partners that will plan and dynamically schedule all generation, imports, storage, building management systems and demand load as an integrated system in the wholesale power market based upon real-time locational marginal prices (LMP) from the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) and the host utilities.
“Power Analytics is very pleased to be an active supporter of UC San Diego, and have a first-hand look at the groundbreaking work being done by the university community,” said Mark A. Ascolese, chairman and CEO of Power Analytics Corporation. “I’ve been on campus and have seen the reactions visitors from around the world have when they see the magnitude of work being done at UC San Diego; from a research perspective, it truly is an international jewel—and one that we are proud to help shine.”
About Power Analytics Corporation
Power Analytics is a privately held developer of software solutions for the design, simulation, deployment, and preventative maintenance of complex electrical power systems. Founded in 1983, the Company’s Paladin software products are used by thousands of commercial, industrial, governmental, and military customers worldwide, to protect more than $100 billion in customer assets. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the Company’s worldwide operations include more than 30 sales, distribution, and support offices located throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. For more information about Power Analytics and its products, visit www.poweranalytics.com
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