The Microgrid Controller Innovation Challenge at the NREL 🗓

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Webinar Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Sarah Truitt & Brian Miller, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnering with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will host a competition to spark innovation in microgrid controller technologies where contestants will have access to controller-hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) test beds to improve their technologies and compete for prizes.
The Challenge is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Lab-Bridge pilot. The Lab Bridge pilot is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology-to-Market Program. Lab-Bridge enables the national laboratories to explore new solutions addressing the barriers they face when collaborating with outside partners and moving lab-developed technologies to market. Through small-scale projects, participating labs will implement and test new tools and approaches for increasing access to national laboratory resources and pushing lab innovations further toward market readiness.
Join this webinar to learn about the details and ask questions about the competition.

Sarah Truitt has been a Program Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the past six years. She is currently building up NREL’s User Program for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and leads NREL’s partnership development activities with academic and international partners. Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Brian Miller helps clients implement innovative power system projects featuring newly developed technologies and methods based on the latest research findings. He conducts site assessments, modeling, and detailed analysis of complex systems including microgrids. He provides sophisticated consultations and best practices for optimal renewable power, distribution, and storage.
Brian retired as a Major in the US Air Force prior to joining NREL. During his 15 year military service, he excelled as design engineer and project manager on multi-million dollar projects around the globe, earning substantial recognition for technical merit and leadership. Brian provided secure systems for national defense facilities, energy consults to the Pentagon, presentations to senior leadership, tech analysis to Korean officials, grid monitor research with Oak Ridge, hydropower implementation in Afghanistan, and system design/code/safety courses to military bases.