Advanced science.  Applied technology.


Smart Energy Technologies

SwRI is providing technical expertise for solving the challenges of developing smart grid technology including solutions for monitoring, control, inspection and optimization.  Our focus is in developing technologies that makes the grid safe, secure, reliable, and economical

Expertise & Capabilities

SwRI provides a diverse mix of power engineers, electrical engineers, and computer scientists with years of experience enabling new technologies to make Smart Energy a reality.  Our focus is in applied research and development in the areas of grid management, control, monitoring, inspection and optimization.  Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has experience in a wide range of power grid domains, including:

  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Electric vehicles
  • Energy storage systems
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Emissions reduction
  • Energy market services

Energy Economics

One of our unique capabilities is our one-mile long 3-phase distribution-grade overhead power line test circuit that is energizable up to 16kV that allows us to test grid-scale equipment and apparatus as they would be deployed on the power grid under full energization.

Whether it is developing new technology from ideas, solving that last technical challenge to making a technology “grid ready,” or providing a bridge capability between the technology and the grid, SwRI has the knowledge, know how, and expertise to make a smarter electrical grid possible.