Microgrid Development in Pennsylvania

Please join us for a half-day workshop on November 8, 2018 on Microgrid Development in Pennsylvania – Case studies on Systems Integration and Controls.

Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Penn State at The Navy Yard Building 661, 4960 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19112



8:30 a.m. — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. — Program Begins:

  • National Renewable Energy Lab's (NREL) microgrid facilities capabilities
  • How Understanding Energy Use Patterns Can Inform Interconnected Grid, Smart-Grid and Microgrid Operations
  • Panel #1 – Microgrid Sites (Navy Yard, Reading, Quakertown)
  • Panel #2 – Systems Integration
  • NSF Engineering Research Center Collaboration and Discussion
  • Meeting Wrap-Up and Next Steps

12:45 p.m. — Conclude; Boxed Lunches Provided

Event Presentations and Panel Discussion


  • NREL Microgrid Systems Integration and Controls research activity; NREL facilities for microgrid testing and computational modelling
    Bill Kramer, Principal/Lead Research Engineer, Energy Systems Integration Facility, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • How Understanding Energy Use Patterns Can Inform Interconnected Grid Smart-Grid and Microgrid Operations
    Scott Wagner, Associate Research Professor, Penn State at the Navy Yard

Panel #1: Pennsylvania microgrid opportunities

Quakertown, Reading, Navy Yard Smart Grid, and Penn State 7R building-scale microgrid


  • James Freihaut, Director, Mid-Atlantic CHP TAP and Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State
  • Kevin Wright, Co-founder and President, ProtoGen
  • Rudy Terry, Director of Smart Grid Operations, The Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Phil Gonski, Project Manager, Burns Engineering, Inc

Panelists will be asked to discuss their projects and the issues they have faced regarding systems integration, communications and controls

Panel #2: Microgrid Systems Integration, Communications and Controls issues/gaps


  • Karl Zimmerman, President and CEO, Energy IQ
  • Len Wenger, TDX Global Solutions, Senior Director Business Development
  • Bob Kirslis, Eaton
  • Bill Kramer, Energy Systems Integration Facility, NREL

Panelists will be asked to join the first group and discuss challenges, opportunities short and longer-term solutions to the issues presented

NSF Engineering Research Center – opportunity for collaboration discussion

  • Led by Dr. Sez Atamturktur, Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State

Wrap Up and Next Steps

  • Led by Sez Atamturktur and James Freihaut



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