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GridSTAR Center Brochure


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GridSTAR Center Brochure

  1. 1. Grid-Smart Technology Application and Resource Center A full scale Micro grid facility built to accelerate the adoption of Smart Grid, Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy technologies through Education, Workforce Development, R&D, Demonstration and Certification. Education & Workforce Development Collaborative Research Specialized Projects Certification Services STARGrid
  2. 2. 1 GRIDSTAR STRATEGIC THRUSTS: Education & Workforce Development Online Professional Masters Courses Classroom format courses Webinars Tours and Seminars Bi-Monthly Custom Workshops Hands-on Training Collaborative Research Advanced Metering Infrastructure Microgrids Home Area Networks Demand Response Energy Efficiency Electric Vehicle Charging Distribution Grid Management Grid Modeling Cybersecurity Solar Power: Inverters & Electric Storage Smart Homes Communication technologies Information Systems Protocol Standards for Interoperability Application and Business Process Development Specialized Projects Technology Testing and Validation Comparative Technology Analysis Technology Advisory Services Education & Training Curriculum Dev. Technology & Business Process FeasibilityTesting Interoperability Testing Cybersecurity Testing Custom Application & Business Process Dev. Certification Services Requirements Development Certification Test Bed Development for Multiple Standards for Interoperability Standards Compliance Testing for Distribution Grid and Customer Premises Technologies Tours and Seminars Technology Demonstration Performance Testing Hands-On Learning
  3. 3. GRIDSTAR SUCCESS STORIES: 22 Grid Energy Storage Pilot System Deployed in The Navy Yard In partnership with Solar Grid Storage and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), GridSTAR Center has deployed a commercial scale grid-interactive battery which will function to improve the quality and reliability of the electric grid. David Riley, a faculty member from Penn State and the chief investigator on the GridSTAR projects stated, “Energy storage is an important part of building a more resilient and efficient electrical grid. This project has helped us learn about the complexities of building and launching a grid interactive battery system. We are using the lessons to inform new courses and training programsfocusedonthedevelopment of a smart grid.” David Riley, Director GridSTAR Center Through a specialized control system, this battery will aid the utility in regulating grid frequency of AC power and reducing peak demand energy costs. This grid interaction creates a revenue stream which will be further studied when this unit is eventually connected to a community scale solar array. This storage system is the first of its kind in the PJM marketplace, and will create many opportunities to use the access to the Navy Yard unregulated grid for the research and education. “GridSTAR Center is a model for what the grid of the future will look like. This unit has blazed a trail to deploy larger systems around our region.” Tom Leyden, CEO Solar Grid Storage Penn State’s GridSTAR Center hosts immersive leadership program On May 19 a cadre of Penn State students began an Immersive Leadership Experience in Sustainable Energy and Business. This summer program combines hands-on coursework with internship experiences, and ishostedbyGridSTARCenter,whichisasmart grid educational and operational research center that is part of the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State, located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. These students represent a diverse cross section of the student body and come from several Penn State campuses including Abington, Brandywine, Berks, Hazleton and University Park. A sophomore energy engineering major, Jessica Scarpello, has found value in this diversity. As she observed, “We are all working towards the same goal which is energy independence. It is interesting to me how many different approaches we are all taking within the 17 of us. Our projects are definitely different but the same in terms of goals. We can really learn from each other when we talk about our projects.” Jessica Scarpello, Sophmore Energy Engineering Students have begun attending interactive classes held at the GridSTAR Center. The class content and activities have centered around energy and sustainability including home energy assessments in Philadelphia communities, field trips to innovative local businesses and renewable technology workshops. Each student has also been paired with a regional firm focused on sustainable business, energy and research activities. Brett Samocki, a junior at University Park, has found great overlap in the coursework and internship components stating, “As an energy, business and finance major, I was seeking an internship that provided experience relating to the relationships between energy, sustainability and business practices. My internship has me working on a projectcalledBuildingRetuning,which trains maintenance personnel to find low and no-cost energy efficiency measures in commercial buildings. This is very similar to the class component of the program, where we performed energy assessments in residential homes to help save energy and money. Both of these have given me a larger perspective on energy and sustainability, and I feel that this programisabeneficialcomplementto my future plans in the energy sector.” Brett Samocki, Junior Energy, Business and Finance Pictured above: Penn State students participating in hands-on engineering coursework at GridSTAR Center.
  4. 4. Penn State Collaborators Department of Architectural Engineering College of Engineering Penn State Outreach Sustainability Institute Development Leaders US Department of Energy PA- Commonwealth Finance Authority Pennsylvania State University Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC) ELECTRI International Ben Franklin Development Partners National Science Foundation 2013 Development Partners CertainTeed Corporation Eaton Corporation East Penn Manufacturing Dynapower Company IBEW Local 98 Lutron Electronics National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) Nat’l Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers (NJATC) Pacific Data and Electric Penn-Del-Jersey NECA Scitor Corporation Solar-Grid-Storage United Management Consultants 2013 Sponsors Chevrolet Home Edison Isofoton North America Megcomm Films Nissan Octoraro Native Plant Nursery Princeton Power, Inc Sequentric Energy Systems Simplex Homes Steibel Eltron Unirac U-Go Stations, Inc GREEN RESOURCEFUL IMPARTIAL DEVELOPMENTAL SCALABLE TRANSFORMATIONAL ACCOUNTABLE REAL GridSTAR TAXONOMY: CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. David Riley, Principal Investigator Dr. Erfan Ibrahim, Strategic Innovations Director Elizabeth Resenic, Communications Coordinator Visit us Online at: