College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The microgrid is the future for the electrical utility system. Because of this, future power engineers need to be well-versed in this topic when they go into industry. Cal Poly has created a microgrid laboratory for this very purpose. However, it is missing its battery based energy storage branch. Due to safety concerns, a traditional chemical battery is not suitable for student use. In order to maintain Cal Poly’s learn-by-doing approach, an alternative solution must be implemented. A regenerative power supply meets the criteria for student use. It is capable of simulating the sinking and sourcing capabilities of a battery as well as having a smaller footprint for ease of storage and use in a laboratory environment. In this project we acquire the IT-M3633 power supply and write operation procedures for various use cases in Cal Poly’s EE curriculum.

Battery energy storage systems are critical to the success of a microgrid infrastructure. Future power engineers need to be well-versed in this topic when they go into industry. The CalPoly Microgrid Lab requires an energy storage branch to complete the project. Due to safety reasons, a programmable power supply was chosen to simulate a battery instead. Its portability also allows for applications in other labs. The completion of the lab will allow students to learn about the microgrid in order to better prepare for the future.