K-State Starts Up Smart Grid

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State University is powering up a new smart grid laboratory, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new facility in Rathbone Hall.

A smart grid seeks to match electric power supply with consumer demand. The lab will be used for research and to train and recruit students.

Kansas State’s project received funding from the Kansas City engineering firm of Burns McDonnell. The company’s vice president, Randy Pope, is a Kansas State engineering graduate and will be on hand for Tuesday’s event.

Several other companies are donating equipment and furnishing to the lab.