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Washington Clean Energy Testbeds



The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds offers pay-per-use, open access to state-of-the art R&D instruments for the testing and design of energy devices and systems.


The Testbeds provide access to the instrumentation, training, and expertise necessary to scale next-generation clean energy devices and systems.


World-class equipment and platforms to scale-up and test solar and energy storage devices and manufacturing processes, including those for flexible electronics, 3D printing, and other methods of additive manufacturing. Extensive microscopy, metrology, surface, fluids, and compositional rapid characterization tools along with full battery and solar cell and module testing. Environmental module and product testing. Real-time digital simulator and hardware-in-the-loop systems to evaluate power controls and microgrid models. On-site research scientists to assist with training and testing; Testbeds users retain all rights to the intellectual property they develop at the Testbeds. Classrooms and office space for meetings and workshops. Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Investor-in-Residence programs to foster healthy growth of early-stage cleantech and clean energy companies. A pay-as-you-go, open access business model for equipment time, facilities, and staff expertise.

Keywords: General

Clean Energy, Photovoltaics, Battery, Grid, Testing, Validation, Systems Integration, Fabrication

Keywords: Specific

Advanced Manufacturing, Printed Devices, Hardware-in-the-Loop, Metrology, Performance Testing, Battery Cycling, Solar Simulators, XRD, SEM, EDS, Profilometry, UV-vis, FTIR, TGA, DSC, Real-time simulation, Sheet Coating, Screen Printing, Roll-to-Roll Printing, 3D Printing, Ink Jet Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Flexible Electronics