Facility Description: Pecan Street’s product testing lab supports any size company with projects for the residential through small commercial space. The lab’s capabilities are specially configured for testing hardware or software that generates or manages power at the building or device level, communicates wirelessly or integrates energy use data into its operations – including water measurement and metering products and technology. Pecan Street’s lab offers specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating consumer electronics and applications that incorporate metrology, building controls, solar PV, natural gas fuel cell, machine-to-machine, vehicle charging and disaggregation technologies.
Technology Sectors Supported: Distributed Energy, Information & Communication Tech, Power Generation, Smart Grid, Transportation & Mobility, Water
Special Equipment/Services: High-res power measurement; transformers; residential energy storage; natural gas back-up generation; 2 solar arrays; 2 GB Smart meter development; residential water measurement; call for more info; consumer beta testing; energy/water database.
Energy Lab, Electrical testing, Sensor/Activator programmable test gear, national instruments compact R10, 3D printing, cloud services, big data analytics, rasberg pie development, Arduinio development, Wireless com module, lot development, Rapid Prototyping
The 3-story, 3,800 square-foot facility is equipped with multiple workstations and testing configurations. It has a split phase 800A electrical service, south- and west-facing solar arrays, multiple conduit raceways, AC and DC distribution buses, all LED lighting, a full building automation system and zonal refrigerant air conditioning.
With a full set of appliance stub-outs on every floor, the lab can simulate three residential structures for demand response, fuel cell and building management scenario testing. Every outlet on every floor is measurable. The lab can also test natural gas fuel cell or combined heat and power micro-turbines up to 10-15kWp output.
These capabilities provide companies with a unique venue to simulate thousands of real world use cases and to test, develop and verify the performance of customer products and services including:
Smart meters and meter components
Natural gas fuel cells
Building control and appliance control systems
Solar panels and solar inverters
Customer HAN devices
Software applications using Green Button and customer HAN device data
Electric vehicle charging
Endpoint communication testing for water utility meters in lab and field settings
Water meter flow rate accuracy testing
Irrigation system flow rate, valve control, communications and user interface testing