BRITE Energy Labs

Welcome to Our Lab

Welcome to the BRITE Energy Labs for testing and research & development in Warren, Ohio! We are centrally located just an hour from Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Our facilities are suitable for testing all manners of energy related devices and systems, including the following tasks:

  • Prototype a fuel cell and assess its electro-chemical components for a vehicle
  • Test the endurance of a circuit breaker on a controlled microgrid to stop power disruption
  • Analyze a battery to modify its strength and lifespan for a new application
  • Render assembly process for advanced material manufacturing such as energy efficient building products
  • Trial a radio frequency sensor for device monitoring such as checking the pressure on a valve or the output of a machine part

In the BRITE Energy Labs the only limit to what the lab can do for you is your imagination. If you have an idea or a specific test you would like to perform, we are ready to offer our assistance.

You can test your device and report results using your protocols, or one we might recommend. Use VPN technology and BRITE’s 1Gbps internet connection connect to your project remotely to monitor progress, or visit the lab in person to perform tests.

All testing is done in confidence and ownership and all intellectual property is maintained by you. We aim to make it easy for you to test and get results!

What can we test?

A Look Inside the Labs

Our wet lab provides an opportunity for you to design and build your battery or fuel cell in a space with exhaust hoods, scales, ovens, and a furnace. The equipment gives you the capacity to build and evaluate a button prototype of your battery.

A wide variety of power analyzers, circuit analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, power supplies, data loggers, and the like are available to evaluate prototype circuits and troubleshoot electrical devices.

A circuit prototyping bench with tools that allow you to build and modify small boards for your energy or IOT device.

What can we test?

Battery hooked up for testing at BRITE Energy Labs

DC devices (batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaics, storage devices, controllers, instruments) from 25kW down to microwatts. IOT circuits and devices. AC devices (motors, generators, controllers, circuit breakers, instruments, appliances, lighting) from 100kW 480-3-phase to household. Microgrid devices (circuit breakers, controllers, inverters, instruments) and actual microgrid setting with simulated grid transients. Our wet lab, circuit prototyping and analysis lab, and full complement of instruments provide development support.

Capabilities

IoT Testing

Keysight N6705C DC Power Analyzer to analyze power consumption and RF power of IoT devices.
Keysight N6705C DC Power Analyzer to analyze power consumption and RF power of IoT devices.

The BRITE Energy Labs are equipped to test a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) components, circuits, and devices. These are usually battery-operated sensors and controllers that operate and report remotely using common or cutting-edge wireless RF.

Our Keysight X8712A performs event-based power consumption analysis on IOT devices, by effortlessly correlating energy usage with RF events. This allows battery and RF protocols selections to be optimized during the development phase.

Our Keysight X8711A measures important RF performance indicators of your IoT device while it is operating normally with production-release software. This ensures that your device is sufficiently tested for manufacturing defects including missing or wrong components, solder issues and more, without the need of complex or expensive test systems.

VR3100 Server Rack with Liebert PSI5 UPS and battery bank system

BRITE Labs also has the capability to run IOT testing servers in our VR3100 server rack. This server rack comes with a UPS system, the Liebert PSI5, as well as a battery bank for uninterrupted power.

Microgrid Testing

Microgrid analyzer and testing equipment
Microgrid analyzer and testing equipment

The BRITE Energy Labs have a complete and functioning 25kW microgrid that includes a grid tied inverter, battery storage, PV interface, AC load bank, and monitoring instruments. All components are connected using a plug-and-play architecture that allows your microgrid component (inverter, circuit breaker, controller,etc.) to be quickly connected in an appropriate place in the circuit. This allows your device to be evaluated in a real-world microgrid setting.

Our NHR 9410 Grid Simulator can also be connected to the microgrid, allowing the system and your microgrid device to be evaluated under a range of grid transients.

Grid Simulation and AC Testing

A wide variety of instruments are available for evaluating and testing AC devices. The NHR 9410 Grid Simulator can be used to impose simulated grid transients (brownouts, blackouts, phase drops, and the like) to your device for observing effects.

Power analyzers and other instruments are available for observing and recording AC power usage, power quality, power factor, and EM emissions and behavior.

Battery Testing

Water baths to maintain battery temperature during battery testing.
Water baths to maintain battery temperature during battery testing.

The BRITE Energy Labs support extensive battery and other DC device testing, with multi-channel equipment ranging from milliamps to hundreds of volts and amps. This allows testing of small button cells and batteries used in IOT devices and small circuits and controllers, to larger batteries used in drones, power tools, and automotive, to large batteries used in forklift, EV, and storage applications.

The ARBIN BT-2000 Unit in the BRITE Energy Lab
The ARBIN BT-2000 Unit in the BRITE Energy Lab

Equipment is completely automated and programmable, allows batteries to be cycled, their charge, discharge, and deterioration characteristics measured, and their life predicted under conditions that mimic actual service conditions.

Development Support

IOT Flier

Microgrid Flier

Battery Testing Flier