National Sustainable Building Energy Test Bed (NSBET)

  • Supporting academic and industry research, NSBET is the first microgrid research test bed in Ireland.
  • The flexible architecture we designed ensures the microgrid can be expanded or reconfigured in the future.
  • Our new building management system (BMS) design enables NSBET to test systems that manage the demand for energy.

Designed by Arup, NSBET is the first microgrid research test bed in Ireland. It will support academic and industry research into smart grid technologies, deman-side management, microgrids, and power electronics.

Working for the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and United Technologies Research Centre Ireland (UTRC-I), we designed a microgrid supplied by a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, lithium ion batteries and a wind turbine.

Flexible microgrid architecture

Flexible architecture ensures the microgrid can be expanded and reconfigured in the future. The control strategy also allows the different generating units to be integrated into the microgrid in a coordinated way and for the microgrid to operate in both grid-connected and islanded mode.

We enabled NSBET to test smart systems for managing energy demand by completely re-designing the existing building management system (BMS). The new BMS can draw on real-time data from the building along with real-time weather data gathered from a dedicated weather station. The data is fed into the model, which then optimises building energy demand by controlling an array of variable elements.

  • Cork Institute of Technology buildingOpen gallery

    We worked with the Cork Institute of Technology to develop the first flexible microgrid testbed in Ireland.