Engineering experts at SCE’s Technology Test Centers, located at our Energy Education Center in Irwindale, conduct sophisticated, scientific HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and plug load evaluations. In our versatile, controlled environment and photometric test laboratories, we perform replicable, independent testing and analysis based on industry standards, to support utility programs and statewide energy policies.
Technology Test Center
6060 N. Irwindale Avenue
Irwindale, CA 91702
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SCE’s test centers provide environments for a variety of evaluations across multiple categories:
Our 3,200 square-foot thermal suite consists of five test chambers, each served by independent heating, cooling, and humidification systems for performing evaluations on supermarket, foodservice, and cold storage refrigeration, packaged and split air conditioning, and more.
The 292 square-foot indoor test chamber provides thermal conditions typically found in air-conditioned spaces of residential and commercial buildings. In our 250 square-foot outdoor test chamber, we replicate outdoor weather conditions to evaluate how air-conditioning units respond under realistic climatic conditions, at temperatures as high as 130ºF.
We use a 300 square-foot controlled environment to test refrigeration equipment. Our 90 square-foot test chamber can maintain temperatures as low as -40ºF, and our 120 square-foot calorimetric test chamber evaluates appliances and refrigeration equipment.
The lighting area is equipped with two integrating spheres for measuring the photometric, electrical, and thermal characteristics of lamps and lighting fixtures. Our dark room is a low-light, low-reflectance environment for isolated photometric, electrical, and thermal evaluation of lighting fixtures, signs, menu boards, and displays
This area is for testing appliances, plug loads, and electronics devices, with a focus on measuring plug load energy consumption, power quality, and controllability. These evaluations quantify the energy efficiency and demand reduction potential of new technologies and measures.
In this laboratory, we evaluate demand-responsive end-use technologies – thermostats, advanced lighting controls, pool pumps, and more. We test these strategies in a low-risk setting, in response to utility demand response signals for balancing grid energy supply and demand.