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WCET Research Training Testbed



The WCET Research Training Testbed 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 Clean Energy Institute operates a Research Training Testbed for students, faculty, staff and industry professionals on the University of Washington campus. Part of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds system, this facility provides users access to research-quality tools and training in clean energy concepts that cut across academic disciplines. CEI member faculty host laboratory courses in the space and Testbeds users can access the additional instrumentation when not in use for teaching purposes.

Type: Equipment/Facilities/Services

The Research Training Testbed (RTT) provides users access to industrial-quality research tools and training in clean energy concepts that cut across academic disciplines. Located on the 1st floor of the Nanoengineering and Sciences Building, this facility provides an integrative training environment for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students to learn research techniques that span a wide breadth of clean energy challenges. The RTT hosts laboratory courses on the development of novel energy materials, fabrication and testing of energy devices, and the integration of cleantech into grid systems. The lab is open to researchers interested in developing and testing their cleantech prototypes. The lab serves as an interdisciplinary space where researchers can realize their own energy-related innovations as well as collaborate with scientists and engineers in the clean energy community. Current course offering: Energy Materials, Devices, and Systems (CHEM 566, MSE 566, ChemE 540).

Keywords: General

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

Keywords: Specific

Metal Evaporation, Thin-film Deposition, Battery Cycling, Solar Simulator, External Quantum Efficiency, UV-Vis, DLS, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, ICP-MS, GC-MS, PPMS, Air-free Fabrication