TCAT Exhibiting Their Microgrid Trailer at the Texas Rural Challenge Conference
The Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) will be exhibiting their new travelling microgrid trailer at the Texas Rural Challenge conference in San Marcos on June 15 – 17, 2011. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, TCAT designed and constructed the trailer for the express purpose of being an educational platform. It will be used as a training system for hybrid distributed generation micro-grid systems. The microgrid system combines PV, wind, and conventional generation with electrical storage to create a highly efficient hybrid generation system that minimizes generation costs. The concept is based upon a hybrid architecture to provide a training and education resource to community colleges, vocational training programs, high school STEM education programs, and other training activities. While the trailer is on display, attendees at the conference will have a chance to take part in a demonstration of the different types of energy sources and generation.
The University of Texas Institute for Economic Development's Rural Business Program is hosting the second annual Texas Rural Challenge conference. The conference focuses on the challenges facing rural Texans. The goal of this event is to spur small business and economic growth in rural communities across Texas by providing leaders with practical and proven approaches to rural development. This is a state-wide conference hosted by the Governor's Office, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Department of Agriculture, USDA-Rural Development, Texas Association of Rural Councils and the UTSA Institute for Economic Development-Rural Business Program.