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Dr. Michael Stark from ORNL will give the SLC Industry Seminar on Friday, Nov. 3rd.  He will discuss Energy Storage and the Changing Future of the Grid.  The seminar will be held at 12:20 in MHK 124 and will be webcast and broadcast. 

Date:  Friday, November 4, 2017

Time:  12:20 - 1:10pm EST

Location: Room 124 Min H. Kao Building, Knoxville, TN

Title: Energy Storage, Open Source Systems, and Microgrids - the Changing Future of the Grid

Presenter:  Dr. Michael Starke, ORNL

Abstract: Technology for the electric power sector has been rapidly evolving. This has been largely driven by the falling cost of renewable generation, new communication approaches, and technology advancements in energy storage.  While the increase of integrated PV system into utilities has posed challenges, such as the infamous duck curve, opportunities have arisen well. Solutions such as energy storage and load control have provided a wealth of opportunities to manage these challenges.

Energy storage technologies have begun to fall dramatically in cost. Lithium ion technology specifically has seen a tremendous cost reduction due to the developments in the transportation sector. Flow batteries, Sodium Sulfur, and other technologies are also rising to the challenge to be a viable energy storage technology. Furthermore, the utilization of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Water Heater loads has posed as another option as another means for storing energy and provides an opportunity to manage resources particularly in microgrids. The technologies and research associated with energy storage and microgrids will be discussed.

Bio: Michael Starke is a Power System Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been at ORNL for over 8 years performing research in different areas of power systems analysis. He received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at The University of Tennessee in 2004, 2006, and 2009 respectively. He is a member of IEEE and of the Power and Energy Society with over 30 publications in power systems and power electronics. His research areas have been primarily focused on energy storage, demand response, and microgrids but he has been actively engaged in wind and solar generation research as well. In the microgrid area of research, he has led a team that developed an open-source microgrid controller called CSEISMIC and is currently engaged in the planning of demonstration projects related to this controller. He has also led a team that has successfully constructed a secondary use energy storage system composed of Chrysler FIAT Li-ion batteries with ORNL designed inverter controls and communications interface. He is now working with Habitat for Humanity on a low cost energy storage solution for residential. This year Michael has been actively working on projects related to large scale implementation of optimization, controls, and communications considering transactive systems and VOLTTRON. 

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Topic: Industry Seminar - Dr. Michael Starke, ORNL

Date: Friday, November 3rd
Time: 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm EST 
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