Microgrid RODEO Summit

Join other researchers at a first-of-its-kind summit about important work in the field of microgrids: the Microgrid Research on Distributed Electricity Operations (RODEO) Summit.

Microgrids are broadly applied and of growing interest as a significant feature of next-generation power systems. Used today by ships, off-shore oil platforms, as well as island communities and remote towns, microgrids are being increasingly evaluated by college campuses, and industrial and military facilities to optimize efficiency and effectiveness during both normal operations and emergencies.

The Microgrid RODEO Summit, hosted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Electromechanics, will feature presentations on current research directions, develop effective collaborations to advance the field and help identify important unmet research needs.

Summit Agenda

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Wednesday, Feb. 19

6:30-8:30 p.m. Kickoff Event at County Line BBQ

Thursday, Feb. 20

Summit Welcome
8:30-8:45 a.m.

Robert Hebner, Director of UT Austin's Center for Electromechanics

Keynote Session
8:45-9:30 a.m.

Terry Mohn, CEO of General MicroGrids, Inc.

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Terry Mohn is CEO of General MicroGrids, Inc. with offices in San Diego, Miami, Washington D.C., Nairobi, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda. The company is a portfolio development company that engineers, builds and operates clean and renewable electric energy systems for rural and industrial communities. He is also managing partner at CleanSource Energy Partners, LLC, an international energy company that delivers large, renewable energy to global markets. Terry is also project director for the Global Microgrid Center (a non-profit organization), which is a test and certification, R&D and innovation facility focused on advancing microgrid supplier capabilities to address the changing energy market.

Terry has 30 years of experience in large-scale system strategy and design. He was previously VP, Innovation, of BAE Systems, an energy business, and chief technology strategist for the Sempra Energy utilities. He served two terms as cice chairman of the GridWise Alliance. The Department of Commerce appointed him for a three-year term to its Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee. In addition, Terry is a current advisor to the Department of Energy and California Energy Commission for research and emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of the United Nations Foundation MicroGrid Work Group.

Prior to his energy roles, Terry was chief technology officer for an international broadband media company and founder of two Internet companies.

Presentation Session 1
9:30-10:10 a.m. Microgrid Planning #1

  • M. Shaltout — The impact of wind turbine installation on microgrid stability: A Review
  • JB Vandermeer — Changing the energy mix in a remote microgrid: An impact assessment for Nome, Alaska

10:10-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Protection, Reliability and Stability

  • E. Keys — Distributed Variable Frequency Drives for Local Reactive Power Supply
  • M. Kim — DC Microgrid Protection using Active Power Distribution Nodes
  • S. Natti — Strategic microgrid planning: A Siemens PTI approach bridging economic evaluation with reliability assessment
  • D. Tuttle — Plug-In Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) Residential Microgrid Back-up Duration and Power Output Capability
  • Chou — Reactive power limit induced voltage instability in isolated microgrids and emergency control strategies

12:10-1 p.m. Lunch

Presentation Session 2
1-1:30 p.m. Microgrid Performance Assessment

  • K. Yeager — Microgrids are the Essential Basis for Achieving Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal

1:30-3:10 p.m. Microgrid Architecture and Controls

  • Y. Zhang — Smart Grid Laboratory Development for Multidisciplinary Research and Education
  • S. Dhople — Virtual Oscillator Control for Self- Organizing Microgrids
  • M. Mazzola — Integrating Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Technology into Microgrid Power Converters
  • M. Steurer — Real-time Emulation of the Communication Layer for Microgrids using HIL Simulations
  • G. Smit — Autonomous Smart Microgrids

3:10-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-3:50 p.m. Microgrids and Communication

  • A. Kwasinski — Microgrid Application to Sustainable and Resilient Powering of Cellular Infrastructure

3:50-4:30 p.m. Reliability and Availability

  • A. Kwasinski — Effect of lifelines and renewable energy sources' performance on microgrids' availability
  • R. Egunjobi — Coordinated control of Distributed Energy Resources in Microgrid to enhance Reliability

Friday, Feb. 21

Keynote Session

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Ann Davlin, Director of Development, Carbon War Room

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Ann Davlin has made a career out of working for the environment. She brings to the Carbon War Room over 20 years of experience that includes capital raising, event organizing, environmental policy work and brownfields development.

Ann began her career as an environmental researcher and conference organizer. Ann was the special assistant for environmental projects to then-Senator Al Gore, and served in both the White House and the Department of Defense, creating and implementing environmental policy across the public and private sectors.

Ann received an MPA in Environmental Policy from Columbia University. She has lectured at both Yale University and New York University.

Presentation Session 3
9:15-10:15 a.m. Microgrid Planning #2

  • M. Mirzatuny — Microgrids: Key to Energy Security, Resiliency and Clean Energy
  • V. Krishnamurthy — Microgrid performance during Extreme Events: Grid Availability
  • M. Flynn — Technology Development for automated component identification in microgrids

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-10:50 a.m. Microgrid Field Demonstrations

  • M. Johnson — Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration For Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS)

10:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Microgrid System Modeling

  • R. Fares — Combining an accurate battery model with high-resolution smart- grid data to assess microgrid islanding performance
  • F. Uriarte — Microgrid Ramp Rates and the Inertial Stability Margin
  • Guntupalli — Estimation of transfer function for a Wind Turbine in a Hybrid Energy System
  • A. Headly — Optimal Sizing Methodology for a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery in Islanded Microgrid Applications

12:10-2 p.m. Lunch and Center for Electromechanics Microgrid Facility Tour


Summit Principals


Bob Hebner
General Chair
Research professor, Mechanical Engineering


Alexis Kwasinski
Technical Chair
Assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ross Baldick
Technical Chair
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Event Details

Feb. 20-21, 2014

Commons Learning Center
10100 Burnet Rd., Bldg. 137
Austin, Texas 78758


Register by February 3, 2014 for the special room rates at our preferred hotel.

Registration Fee: $175.00.

For registration and to book your hotel for this event, please visit the registration page.

Microgrid Team

The UT Microgrid Research Team is focused on determining how to design and operate better microgrids in the future.

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