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Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium

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  • MIT Samberg Conference Center

    50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (map)

    42.361084 -71.083054

  • The Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium will bring together Microgrid & DER controller vendors, microgrid developers, energy infrastructure decision makers, utility engineers and state and national energy leaders to:

    Introduce the latest developments in microgrid & DER controllers and real-time power system simulation technologies

    Demonstrate functionality of existing microgrid & DER controllers on a realistic community microgrid

    Foster connections between microgrid vendors and developers, Massachusetts distribution utilities and distribution utility engineers responsible for DER deployment and interconnection.


    Throughout the afternoon, microgrid controller vendors will showcase real-time operation of their controllers on a microgrid hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) demonstration platform. Symposium participants will have an opportunity to view these demonstrations operating a multi-megawatt, distribution-scale microgrid.


    8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast & Registration

    9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Address - Federal Microgrid Research
    Dan Ton, Program Manager, Power Systems Engineering Research and Development, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

    9:30 am – 9:50 am Introduction to the Microgrid Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop Demo Platform
    Erik Limpaecher, Assistant Group Leader, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    9:50 am – 10:10 am A Simulated Day in the Life of a Microgrid Controller
    Reynaldo Salcedo-Ulerio, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    10:10 am – 11:00 am Break
    Microgrid Control and Testing Systems Vendor Showcase

    11:00 am – 11:20 am Owner’s Engineer Evaluation of Microgrid Controller Performance
    Craig Rizzo, Energrid

    11:20 am – 11:40 am EPRI Update on Latest Research & Testing of Control Systems
    Speaker TBD

    10:40 am – 12:00 pm Integrating Microgrid and other Device Controllers with Utility Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)
    Carlos Nouel, Vice President, National Grid

    12:00 pm – 1:00pm Lunch
    Microgrid Control and Testing Systems Vendor Showcase

    1:00 pm – 1:40 pm Cyber-Security Treatment in a Controller Simulation
    Joe Cooley, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    1:40 pm – 2:20 pm Lessons Learned in Microgrid Protection and Control: The Case for Fast, Reliable, and Adaptive Systems
    Scott Manson, Supervising Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 2:20 pm – 3:20 pm Break
    Microgrid Control and Testing Systems Vendor Showcase

    3:20 pm – 4:00 pm Demonstration of HIL Testing Results
    Microgrid Controller to be selected 4:00 pm – 4:20 pm How to Participate in Collaborative for Advanced Power Controls (CAPC)
    Chris Smith, Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    4:20 pm – 4:40 pm Opportunities to Advance State of the Art in Microgrid Controls
    Babak Enayati, National Grid
    Galen Nelson, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
    Erik Limpaecher, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Vendor Showcase and Networking Reception

    The HIL Platform is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability


    For questions please contact Jessica Ridlen at [masked].

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar
    MIT Samberg Conference Center - 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


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