Technology Development Center• Creation of the TDC was initiated in 2007 with an innovation partnership zone (IPZ) grant from the state ($1 million) and $700,000 in additional funding.• The TDC opened in September 2009. – BTC and WWU have ten year leases running through 2019
TDC Layout• Port / Shared: 2342 sq ft• BTC: 2726 sq ft (+1200 sq ft mezzanine)• WWU: 4,587 sq ft (+ 1333 sq ft mezzanine)
WWU in the TDC• A collaborative R&D space for WWU faculty and students to work with companies on technology-focused projects. – 3,800 sq ft of modular, high-bay work space. – 940 sq ft of fabrication space outfitted with a directed air-flow system for particulate collection. – 750 sq ft of office and clean work space. – 1330 sq ft of flexible work and office space on mezzanine level.
How does the TDC work for industry projects? Technology Technology R&D supports companies Development Center company goals Collaborative R&D Projects Technical Expertise Specialized Lab Equipment R&D Grant OpportunitiesWWU Faculty Faculty & students & Students Meeting Spaces get real world R&D experience
TDC Projects and Partners• Technology Alliance Group• VRI – Hybrid Bus• UC Solar Power Forecasting Initiative
Solar Observatory at the TDC• Currently acquiring data for use in developing solar power forecasting models for the PNW climate.• Real-time collection of solar irradiance data: http://solarwind.ucsd.edu/observatory.php?loc= bellingham• Future plan is to add wind data collection capability.• Forecasting models are critical for predicting solar/wind power output.
Solar/Wind Energy Demonstration and Testing Facility• ~100 kW PV array on the TDC roof• Ground level hybrid PV/wind test-bed – 1 kW PV array, 7.5 kW wind turbine• Solar observatory and meteorological instrumentation for solar/wind power forecasting
TDC Course and First Graduate• Lean Start-up and Entrepreneurial Methods – Course being taught collaboratively between the Big Idea Lab and WWU.• First project to graduate from the TDC – New Market Design Lab