Overview of the Microgrid Controller Innovation Challenge at the NREL

Presented by: Sarah Truitt & Przemyslaw Koralewicz - National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnered 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.

Join this webinar to learn about the details and ask questions about the competition.

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.

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sarah truitt

About the Speakers:

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.


Przemyslaw Koralewicz helps clients implement innovative power system projects featuring newly developed technologies and methods based on the latest research findings. He specializes in modeling and detailed analysis of complex systems including microgrids. He is responsible for preparation of models running in real time simulator that contestants are going to be using during Microgird Challenge.

Przemyslaw gained his experience at ABB Research Center prior to joining NREL in August 2016. There, he excelled as control system architect and project manager for ABB special projects – converters based on ACS6000 – MV drive platform. He was a lead engineer for multi-megawatt grid simulator developed by ABB used for testing of various renewable resources. He also got wide experience in controller and power hardware in the loop simulations of power systems.


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