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A platform for designing, automating, and managing intelligent energy storage

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Zach Ernst, PhD, Director of Analytics and Trudie Wang, PhD, Senior Analytics Engineer, Geli

This talk will walk through the process of taking the economic analysis and design of battery systems to the integration and intelligent operation of these systems in environments ranging from residential to C&I to grid-scale aggregation. The optimization used in the analysis is converted into real time control algorithms that allow us to deploy the resources on a flexible and dynamic network interface. Use cases include demand charge management, TOU shifting, self-consumption of PV over-generation and battery degradation.

Zach has expertise in analytical programming, statistical and financial modeling, and simulation. He focuses on the design and optimizations of control algorithms for networked energy systems. He has a diverse academic background—studied film and physics at Northwestern University, worked in a retinal electro-physiology lab at the University of Michigan, and received a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Washington. He has a strong quantitative skill set, an aptitude for collaborating on difficult problems. He is inspired by the opportunity at Geli, to play a part in the development and deployment of more efficient and sustainable renewable energy network.

As a senior analytics engineer in the Geli analytics team, Trudie architects and builds the algorithms to control and optimize DERs behind-the-meter and as part of an aggregated resource. She received degrees in mechanical engineer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Through her doctoral work at Stanford and her stints at various energy companies and non-profit organizations, she has accrued over a decade of experience in developing distributed dynamic control algorithms to optimally control and schedule the interaction of DERs such as photovoltaics, battery storage, electric vehicles and controllable loads. With a strong inclination towards using software to solve energy problems, the primary aim of the majority of her work has been to help better integrate renewable energy on the electricity grid with the aid of the distributed resources as well as empower the consumer to play a more active role at the distribution level in determining how resources are deployed and utilized.

* 6.30pm: light refreshments
* 7.00pm: talk