Description: The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria\'s largest non-university research institute. Comprising five departments, the AIT is a highly specialized research and development partner to industry. Its researchers are focused on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Health & Environment, Safety & Security, Energy, Mobility, as well as Foresight & Policy Development. AIT takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a key role in Europe as the RTO focuses on the key infrastructure topics of the future. As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry, AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure. With more than 50 years of experience in laboratory development, research and accredited testing, international research activities are now the basis for an extensive collaboration with industry.
AIT Distributed Generation Laboratory - DG Lab
Description: The main activities of AIT Laboratory are the development of solutions for efficient realization of decentralisation with the focus on \\\"Power Quality and Safety“. With the offered services it is possible to support producers of components, planners as well as operators of plants and supply networks with regard to questions concerning the transition process towards decentralized, distributed supply networks on the basis of renewable energy carriers.
Electric Drive Technologies
The development of new vehicle concepts necessitates detailed information about the electrical, thermal and mechanical characteristics of individual components and entire drives. Thanks to a sophisticated laboratory infrastructure, the Mobility Department of AIT is able to provide this data for all relevant components – from electrical machines and power electronics to electric energy storage systems and entire vehicles.The department also specialises in combining measuring techniques with simulation for demanding Hardware-in-the-Loop tests. As an accredited test centre, the AIT boasts several years‘ experience in the performance of standards testing on technical devices and, as a member of international standards committees, is actively involved in the definition of new testing procedures and standards.
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Inverter Testing Laboratory
Description: The state-of-the-art inverter laboratory is equipped with flexible means for grid and photovoltaic simulation and provides a realistic testing environment for evaluating the characteristics of the equipment under a wide range of operating conditions.
Monitoring Competence Centre
Description: Generator and drive test bench, no load test, short circuit test, load characteristic test, partial discharge monitoring, acoustic noise and vibrations, efficiency, temperature rise test, etc.
Power Service Center
Description: The Power Service Center provides a development infrastructure, focusing on the development of small, efficient and cost- effective components. The focus lies on the development of new switching technologies by combination of mechanical and semiconductor switches in hybrid switching systems.
PV MODULE AND SYSTEM LAB
Description: The photovoltaic lab facilities of the Austrian institute of technology are mainly for measuring performance of PV devices and systems. Moreover, equipment for characterizing thermal, mechanical and electrical properties are available. Equipment and devices permit to carry out module lifetime analyses indoor as well as outdoor long-term measurements and investigations on effects of weather and spectral conditions on different PV technologies. With the offered services, including inverter facilities, it is possible to support producers of components, planners as well as operators of plants and supply networks with regard to system performance.
SimTech-Lab: Real-Time Simulation & Power Hardware in the loop
Description: Research laboratory for integration of distributed energy resources in electricity grids: using real-time simulation of electrical grids and grid components, this laboratory enables deep analysis of new technologies for future energy systems.
Description: The laboratory infrastructure accommodates DG components as inverters, storage systems, CHP units, voltage regulators/controllers and other types of related electrical equipment. Powerful controllable AC and DC sources, allow full-power testing capability up to 800 kVA (AC), including a high-performance PV Array (DC) Simulation. Additional equipment for simulating control and communication interfaces and the possibility of operating the equipment under defined (extreme) temperature/humidity conditions offers extended testing capabilities going far beyond the standard.
Description: Qualification of PV modules according to EN/IEC 61215 Ed. 2
Quality Management:AIT laboratories are certified with the ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001.