Looped In

By Simon Morrow

During a visit to Mies Campus in October, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker announced $5 million in state funding for the university’s campus microgrid, which will allow Illinois Tech to construct four new loops to its system, completing the university’s original vision for the project.

Beyond its benefits for the university and its sustainability efforts, the microgrid offers Illinois Tech students a chance to play a role. Much of the design and development for the microgrid has been driven by Ph.D. students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“We have converted the campus to a living laboratory in the sense that right now we practice what we preach,” says Bodine Chair Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour. “We go to teach our classes, and we tell students about these ideas. Now, we can demonstrate at all levels how this technology works.“

With its completion on the horizon, here’s a brief history of the Illinois Tech microgrid:

A model of the Illinois Tech microgrid in the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research is lit up in Michael Paul Galvin Tower