Welcome to Intelligent Power Grid Laboratory-iPGL

Intelligent Power Grid Laboratory (iPGL) is devoted to research and education in the area of power system protection, automation and control. It is located in the Stanley Pauley Center. The laboratory is equipped with real time power system simulators, modern multifunction protection relays, digital fault recorders, phasor measurement units (PMUs), GPS satellite clocks, merging units, communication and networking equipment, electrical machine and power system test beds, software for power system monitoring, analysis, and automation, and general purpose testing and measuring equipment. The laboratory can facilitate research and training in emerging areas such as wide area monitoring, control and protection of power systems, power systems dynamics and stability, new substation automation and protection paradigms based on IEC 61850 standards, grid integration of renewable energy systems.

The initial funding for iPGL was received through the Stanley Pauley Centre which was founded from a donation from Mr. Stanley F. Pauley.  Initial funding enabled acquiring of the majority of equipment and software including the ERL Phase multifunction line, transformer, and bus protection relays, ERL Phase Tesla 4000 recorder cum phasor measurement units, ERL Phase merging unit, Labvolt power system and machines test bench, Ruggedcom substation grade network switches, software required for implementation of IEC 61850 based substation automation systems, and test equipment such as precision oscilloscopes and arbitrary function generators.

RTDS Technologies Inc. , the Winnipeg based pioneer in real time simulation of power systems, donated a powerful RTDS real time simulator worth nearly half a million dollars. This simulator is essential and central for most of the research conducted in iPGL.  Over the years, RTDS contributed to enhance the performance and features of the simulator by providing latest developments such as GTNET X2 communication interface cards, powerful GTFGA cards, etc. 

The Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories  Inc. (SEL) contributed by donating two multifunction line protection relays with PMU capability, a transformer protection relay, software for implementing Phasor Data Concentrators and visualization of with phasor measurements. 

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Stanley Pauley Centre for Power Systems Research

The Stanley Pauley Centre for Power Systems Research was officially opened on October 1, 2013, with a very simple ceremony. The Centre houses three major laboratories: the Intelligent Power Grid Laboratory, the Electric Vehicles Laboratory and the McMath High Voltage Laboratory. The Centre also has a conference room, graduate students’ space and three faculty offices.  The existing laboratories and facilities at 105 Dafoe Road were renovated and refurbished to create state-of-the-art electrical engineering research and teaching facilities. The Centre was established through a $4 million donation made by Mr. Stanley F. Pauley, the chairman and CEO of Carpenter Company in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Pauley is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering with a major in Electrical Engineering in 1949 (BSc(EE)/49).  Currently more than 15 full time graduate students under the supervision of five professors use the research facilities in the Stanley Pauley Centre.  The establishment of the new centre enabled the Faculty to obtain a new research chair in the area of efficient utilization of electrical energy.