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ComEd has partnered with Illinois Institute of Technology on two Department of Energy grants to develop and test microgrid technology on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus and the Bronzeville neighborhood. A microgrid is a small electrical grid that is able to disconnect from the main grid to secure distribution during extreme weather events and during cyber or physical attacks. ComEd and Illinois Tech will work to connect a planned microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood to the existing IIT microgrid, creating one of the first microgrid clusters in the world.

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llinois Tech’s partnership with ComEd and Argonne National Laboratory to create a microgrid cluster in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood was featured in an article on PHYS.org. The article highlights the impact distributed energy, such as the planned Bronzeville microgrid, will have on the the reliability and efficiency of the nation's electrical grid.

Read the complete article on PHYS.org here.

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Illinois Tech’s partnership with ComEd to create a microgrid cluster in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood was highlighted by several news sources as being one of the most sophisticated systems in the midwest. Upon it’s completion, the cluster will connect the microgrid currently in use at Illinois Tech to a planned Microgrid ComEd is building in Bronzeville.

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Illinois Institute of Technology's partnership with ComEd to create a microgrid in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood was mentioned in Medill Reports. The planned Bronzeville microgrid will connect to a microgrid currently in use at Illinois Tech.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Matthew Spenko was interviewed by WBEZ 91.5 about IIT’s partnership with ComEd to use drones to inspect their power lines for damage. 

Listen to the interview here.

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Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and ComEd have partnered to use unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also known as drones, to inspect and assess conditions of ComEd’s transmission and distribution lines as well as substations. ComEd is the first utility in the Midwest to utilize drone technology. IIT will initially provide a licensed pilot for the partnership and is trialing a light, flexible cage around the UAS that can help maximize battery usage and protect the UAS.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Matthew Spenko was interviewed by WGN about IIT’s partnership with ComEd to use drones to inspect their power lines for damage after major storms.

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Illinois Institute of Technology and ComEd have partnered on a project to use unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone technology, to inspect ComEd’s utility lines.

The UAS’s will be used on a trial basis to inspect and assess conditions of ComEd’s transmission and distribution lines as well as its substations. Additionally, the technology may also be used to assess damage following significant storms. ComEd is the first utility in the Midwest to use this technology.

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On October 23, 2014, Armour College of Engineering Student Abiodun Iwayemi (EE, Ph.D. Candidate) was awarded second place in the ComEd Student Innovation Contest. ComEd, the largest electric utility company in Illinois, announced the contest challenging students in their service area to create a piece of technology or a service that that would help low-income customers use smart meter information to manage their electric bill and save money.

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Mohammad Shahidehpour, Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation and Associate Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research spoke to DNAinfo Chicago about the planned ComEd training center on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The center will train energy industry workers to use smart grid technologies.

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