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Renewable Energy Microgrid Research Workshop at NASA Ames

Friday, May 29, 2009

For a summary of this event and to view or download presentations, please click here.

UCSC Silicon Valley and the Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Institute will host a one day research workshop focused on renewable energy micro-grids on June 5, 2009. The workshop will focus on current research in smart micro-grids and energy storage.

A consortium of Silicon Valley research and educational institutions has formed a public-private partnership to establish a new sustainable community in the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. The newly formed non-profit entity, University Associates – Silicon Valley LLC, is planning the construction and operation of a futuristic community that will lead the world as an exemplar of sustainability education, research, and innovation while serving as a test bed for advanced Green Energy technologies.

Researchers associated with the Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Institute (BIN-RDI) and the Advanced Studies Laboratory (ASL) at NASA Ames are currently implementing a Renewable Energy Micro Grid (REMG) test bed as part of this plan. The REMG test bed includes a tracking photovoltaic system (PVoT, the Photovoltaic Test Bed Facility), wind turbine, and energy storage systems to form an electricity “micro-grid,” a state-of-the-art solution for electrical power distribution and generation. Other researchers within the BIN-RDI and the ASL are investigating combinations of wind, solar, tidal, and waste water re-utilization co-generation strategies. Through test bed studies such as these, which integrate multiple renewable energy sources with energy storage and distribution systems, more robust and economical solutions to replace aging centralized electrical transmission systems can be envisioned, evaluated, and optimized.

The workshop will have presentations from leading research projects in California and Denmark in the area of micro-grid systems followed by discussions about potential collaboration and current and future research priorities.

Workshop on Renewable Energy Micro-Grids
NASA Ames Research Center
UC Santa Cruz - Silicon Valley Center
Building 19, Room #2073
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Friday, June 5, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Please note that this event is by invitation only. For more information or to register, please e-mail Peter Minogue: drecept@soe.ucsc.edu by June 1st.

Program

Micro-Grid Workshop, June 5, 2009

  • 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 9:05am Welcome and Introduction, Michael Isaacson, BIN-RDI, Baskin School of Engineering, UCSC
  • 9:05 - 9:20am Introduction to the Planned ‘Sustainable Community for Education and Research’ at the NASA–Ames Research Park Patricia Ponzini, University Associates-Silicon Valley, LLC
  • 9:20 - 9:45am “Renewable Micro-Grid Testbed at NASA Ames Research Center” Joel Kubby/Ali Shakouri, BIN-RDI, Baskin School of Engineering, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
  • 9:45 - 10:15am “Generic Virtual Power Plant for Optimized Micro CHP Operation and Integration & Edison Project Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market Using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks” Chresten Træholt, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • 10:15 - 10:45am “LoCal -Rethinking Energy Infrastructure Using Internet Design Principals” David Culler, CITRIS, Department of EECS, UC Berkeley
  • 10:45 - 11:15am “Shifting and Shedding of Loads: Enabling Residential Consumer Response to Variable Energy and Pricing” Pat Mantey, CITRIS, Baskin School of Engineering, Dept. of Computer Engineering, UCSC
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm Discussion
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Working Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm “Performance, Charging, and Second-use Considerations for Lithium Batteries for Plug-in Electric Vehicles” Andrew Burke, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis
  • 1:30 - 2:00pm “Energy Storage for Systems with High Wind Penetration” Claus Nygaard Rasmussen, Department of Electrical Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm “Materials Research for Energy Storage” Bin Chen, BIN-RDI, Baskin School of Engineering, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, UCSC
  • 2:30 - 2:45pm "Materials Design and Optimization for Energy Storage: Li-ion Batteries" Deepak Srivistava, Nanoexa
  • 2:45 - 3:00pm "Buffering Energy with Efficient Storage Enables Distributed Power Generation and Micro-Grids" Izak Bencuya, Deeya Energy
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Discussion
  • 3:45 - 4:00pm Conclusion and Next Steps
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm Reception

Entry into the NASA Ames Research Park

Current government-issued identification will be needed in order to enter the NASA Ames Research Park. Please inform the guard that you are visiting to attend this event in Building 19. While in the NASA Research Park you and your vehicle are subject to search at any time.

Directions

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Center at NASA Ames Research Center
350 North Akron Road
Building 19, Room #2073
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 528-4030 or (831) 459-2158
FAX: (650) 528-4034

The Silicon Valley Center is located in Building 19, Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center. Government issued identification will be needed in order to enter. While in the NASA Research Park you and your vehicle are subject to search at any time.

A map of the location and the immediate surrounding area with the option to create custom driving directions can be found here.

From the UCSC Main Campus

  • Take Hwy 17 North toward Oakland/San Jose
  • Exit onto Hwy 85 Mountain View/Gilroy - taking the north ramp toward Mountain View
  • Exit onto Moffett Blvd and keep right
  • Follow Moffett Blvd as it becomes Clark Road. Bear right once you enter the NRP
  • Bear left onto South Akron Road
  • Follow South Akron Road to McCord Ave and make a left at the stop sign
  • Follow McCord Ave past North Akron
  • Make a left into the parking lot just past the Post Office
  • You may park in an unmarked parking space behind Building 19
  • The event will be held in Room #2073

From the South Bay

  • Take Hwy 101 North toward San Francisco/Downtown San Jose
  • Exit onto Moffett Field
  • Make a right on Moffett Blvd
  • Follow Moffett Blvd as it becomes Clark Road. Bear right once you enter the NRP
  • Bear left onto South Akron Road
  • Follow South Akron Road to McCord Ave and make a left at the stop sign
  • Follow McCord Ave past North Akron
  • Make a left into the parking lot just past the Post Office
  • You may park in an unmarked parking space behind Building 19
  • The event will be held in Room #2073

From East San Jose/Milpitas

  • Take Interstate 680 North towards Sacramento
  • Exit onto Hwy 237 West toward Mountain View
  • Exit onto Hwy 101 North toward San Francisco
  • Exit onto Moffett Field
  • Make a right on Moffett Blvd
  • Follow Moffett Blvd as it becomes Clark Road. Bear right once you enter the NRP
  • Bear left onto South Akron Road
  • Follow South Akron Road to McCord Ave and make a left at the stop sign
  • Follow McCord Ave past North Akron
  • Make a left into the parking lot just past the Post Office
  • You may park in an unmarked parking space behind Building 19
  • The event will be held in Room #2073

From North of Mountain View

  • Take Hwy 101 South toward San Jose
  • Exit onto Moffett Blvd and make a right
  • Follow Moffett Blvd as it becomes Clark Road. Bear right once you enter the NRP
  • Bear left onto South Akron Road
  • Follow South Akron Road to McCord Ave and make a left at the stop sign
  • Follow McCord Ave past North Akron
  • Make a left into the parking lot just past the Post Office
  • You may park in an unmarked parking space behind Building 19
  • The event will be held in Room #2073