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Engineering  |  Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS)

The Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS) creates technical and business solutions that facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy.

Grid Modernization

Resilient Infrastructure

Workforce Development

Off-grid Solutions

Grid Modernization

Scalable controls from circuits to systems

  • Distributed control strategies for microgrids and microgrid networks to enable transition to a next-generation grid
  • Microgrid and distributed energy resource asset operation through a combination of hierarchical, distributed, and centralized control strategies
  • Control algorithms implemented in hardware and power electronics with off-the-shelf components and customized solutions
  • A focus on flexibility, scalability, and robustness

Resilient Infrastructure

Resilient infrastructure to withstand climate change, cyber attacks, and kinetic strikes

  • Real-time simulation of grid stressors enables testing of network design configurations and operating strategies
  • Incidence of cascading failures reduced through analysis of infrastructure interconnections (power, water, cyber, etc.)
  • Vulnerability to threats, resiliency, and reliability quantified through simulation and analysis
  • Interactive visualization environment for research, commercialization, and training

Resilient Infrastructure

Resilient infrastructure to withstand climate change, cyber attacks, and kinetic strikes

  • Real-time simulation of grid stressors enables testing of network design configurations and operating strategies
  • Incidence of cascading failures reduced through analysis of infrastructure interconnections (power, water, cyber, etc.)
  • Vulnerability to threats, resiliency, and reliability quantified through simulation and analysis
  • Interactive visualization environment for research, commercialization, and training

Workforce Development

Education for a changing global energy economy

  • Coupled simulation-based design and hands-on integration in training exercises
  • Flexible delivery vectors including in-person, online, and remote in-classroom delivery
  • Wide range of customizable training sequences available for K-12 education, college/university education, and workforce development

Off-grid Solutions

Turnkey infrastructure for humanitarian aid, disaster response, and development in emerging markets

  • Containerized and turnkey solutions to provide power to remote locations around the globe
  • Custom solutions based on locational and user needs
  • Mobile or semi-permanent infrastructure

Off-grid Solutions

Turnkey infrastructure for humanitarian aid, disaster response, and development in emerging markets

  • Containerized and turnkey solutions to provide power to remote locations around the globe
  • Custom solutions based on locational and user needs
  • Mobile or semi-permanent infrastructure

Our Team

LEAPS takes energy innovations from concept to construction with a focus on energy access, microgrids, grid modernization, resilient infrastructure, and workforce development. Dr. Nathan Johnson manages the 30-person team with a one-acre microgrid test bed and computational laboratory that combines simulation-based design with hands-on fabrication to create next-generation solutions to current market needs. The team creates functional prototypes for laboratory testing and field deployment, with technology transferred to the private sector for scaling. The entire LEAPS team is also active in workforce development programs to support Veterans and civilians in the rapidly changing energy economy.

LEAPS in the News

Student researchers in Arizona have created a way to bring medical care to areas in desperate need. It’s a solar-powered medical clinic inside a shipping container.  At 40-feet-long and nine-and-a-half feet high, this shipping container could save lives around the world. Read the full article from CBS.