The energy system is crucial to the success of the power plant and the future of energy generation in and around the site. If you are an external company looking to investigate anything related to renewable energy generation then the facilities are available for hire when not in use by the onsite engineering teams.
External firms or industries who wish to make use of the onsite research facilities on the SPP can apply to hire one of the laboratories within the research centre to carry out experiments.
The nature of the power complex means that generally we favour the use of our resources for energy related experiments. However, the facilities are there to encourage engineering and science and maths related subjects, so other experiments will be welcome though priority may be given to energy related ones.
Naturally a small fee is required for the use of the laboratories by external businesses or individuals who want to hire the resources with additional charges being administered depending on the details of the experiment to be carried out and the exact resources required.
With a number of different facilities open for experimentation, this is the centre of new developments in the complex.
There is a high voltage testing laboratory which is specifically designed to help with the testing of the new lightning power concept along with dedicated material labs which are responsible for looking at semi-conductor materials for the capacitors. This section of the energy research lab is mainly dedicated to looking at the concepts explained in the 'at the site' section.
Any new technology which might potentially be invested in and introduced to the site also undergoes rigorous testing in this research facility. The engineers decide whether the equipment will be suitable for the site and if so how much money should be invested in it. This role is vital for the progression of the power plant and for ensuring that no money is wasted.