Microgrids Protection & Control Seminar


The nation’s electric power grid is evolving, moving away from the traditional centralized grid toward a more distributed grid utilizing energy sources from a mix of various types of generation and storage, resulting in an increasing number of microgrids. At the same time advances in technology are making these dynamic systems smarter and more reliable. Islands and remote communities around the world operate grids that are separate from any larger grid, and these are also often referred to as microgrids. This seminar will help provide a foundation for understanding protection and control fundamentals of microgrids and the various implementation challenges being faced by today’s electric power industry.

Please join us in attending this one-day Technical Seminar which will include an impressive list of speakers from SEL, Tesla, NREL, PG&E, and Eaton. Seminar topics will include:

  • Definition of a “Microgrid”
  • Solutions for distributed generation protection and control issues caused by low inertia sources
  • NREL Microgrid Controller Innovation Challenge
  • Applying microgrids to disaster relief applications
  • Scalable microgrid solutions

  Date and Time




  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton at The Club
  • 7050 Johnson Drive
  • Pleasanton, California
  • United States 94588

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  • Starts 30 July 2018 06:00 AM
  • Ends 26 October 2018 05:30 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • Admission fee ?
  • Register



Morning Session

Session 1:   Introduction to Microgrids

This presentation will cover in detail the following Microgrids topics: 

  • Definition, key elements, and brief history of Microgrid;
  • Review of optimization options and importance of setting goals prior to beginning the feasibility study;
  • Microgrid monetization challenges;
  • Microgrid implementation challenges;
  • Project examples;
  • Overview of successful business models.

Speaker:  Robert Kirslis – Senior Microgrid Application Engineer, Eaton Corp.

Robert Kirslis has more than 25 years of experience in the planning, maintenance and operations of data centers, power plants, industrial facilities and commercial properties. Serving as a microgrid application engineer and expert at Eaton, he helps customers advance their businesses by delivering highly effective power management solutions and apply microgrid technologies. Across North America, Europe and Asia, Kirslis utilizes his expertise to help complex electrical engineering and construction projects achieve new levels of energy efficiency, power reliability and safety, and optimize the potential of renewable energy integration and energy storage. 


Session 2:   Solutions for Distributed Generation Protection and Control Issues 

The increase in renewables in California with the emphasis on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as aggregated DG and Storage has presented numerous Protection and Control challenges.  Integrating these resources into the legacy T&D grid is becoming increasingly complex as penetration levels increase and in a changing regulatory environment.  This presentation will go over the technical aspects of protection, and control challenges including best practices learned from the early stages to the present in order to make these changes safe, reliable, affordable and clean.

Speaker: Mike Jensen, P.E. – Principal Protection Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric

Mike Jensen is a Principal Protection Engineer with Pacific Gas and Electric, with 25 years of experience in the power industry in transmission protection, substation design, generation protection, and nuclear power plant maintenance/design at Diablo Canyon PP.

He is presently the PG&E Protection Lead for transmission and distribution interconnected generation projects, specifying interconnection requirements and testing for interconnection into the PG&E system.   Mike has extensive experience with various protection schemes from distribution feeder protection, to transmission high speed communication assisted schemes, transmission transformer protection and generation protection. He is an active member of IEEE PSRC and a member of NERC drafting teams. Mike served 6 years in the U.S. Navy on board nuclear submarines as a nuclear power plant operator and technician.  He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1992 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California


Session 3:  Novel platform for testing of microgrid controllers performance and results from microgrid controller procurement challenge at NREL.

The presentation will emphasize complexity of microgrid projects and related need for sophisticated test methods that has to be used to validate microgrid controller performance. NREL developed performance metrics and test methods will be described based on results obtained during microgrid controller procurement challenge. During that challenge, multiple industry vendors’ controllers were evaluated before NREL made a decision about picking the one that is going to be installed at NREL for future research purpose.

Speaker:  Przemyslaw Koralewicz – Research Engineer, NREL

Przemyslaw Koralewicz received his MSEE from Silesian Technical University in Gliwice, Poland in 2010. He joined NREL in 2016 where he helps partners implement innovative power system projects featuring newly developed technologies and methods based on the latest research findings. He specializes in modeling, testing and detailed analysis of complex systems including microgrids. Prior joining NREL, Przemyslaw gained his experience in industry at ABB Research Center. There, he excelled as control system architect and principal investigator for various projects in multi-megawatt and medium-voltage scale inverter designs. During Microgrid Procurement at NREL he was responsible for preparation of real time simulator models and testing methodologies used for microgrid controllers evaluation.



Afternoon Session

Session 4:   Scalable Microgrid Controller Solutions

 This presentation will review the technology used on successful microgrid projects for industrial, military, oil & gas, renewable, and utility customers. Solutions shared will include: plug and play microgrids for disaster response, IEEE compliant microgrid controls methods, point of interconnect control strategies, effective cyber security for a microgrid, and more. History, lessons learned, and technology provided for 16 years of successful microgrid installations will be shared.

Speaker: Scott Manson, P.E. – Technology Director, SEL Engineering Services, SEL, Inc.

Scott Manson, P.E. (S 1991, M 1993, SM 2012), received his M.S.E.E. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his B.S.E.E. from Washington State University. Scott is presently the engineering services technology director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), Inc. In this role, he provides consulting services on control and protection systems worldwide. At SEL, Scott designs, commissions, models, and tests microgrid control systems, industrial power management systems, remedial action schemes, and turbine control systems. Scott was a Control System Engineer at 3M prior to joining SEL in 2002. At 3M, Scott’s expertise was the design and commissioning of motion control, power electronic inverter, web-line, robotic assembly, and sub-micron precision machine tool controls. Scott’s papers are regularly published in IEEE IAS transactions and periodicals and he holds eight patents. Scott is a registered professional engineer in Washington, Alaska, North Dakota, Idaho, and Louisiana.


Session 5:   Disaster Relief with Solar PV and Battery Storage: Puerto Rico Case Study

Diesel fuel, mechanics, and rental gensets are in short supply following a disaster creating a vulnerable supply chain during an extended utility outage.  Microgrids comprising solar PV and battery storage are a great way to supply electrical power to a facility or community lacking access to utility power.  Integrating with existing electrical infrastructure, including site utility connection and backup diesel gensets, in a post-disaster scenario requires dynamic problem solving given limited access to information and supplies.  This presentation discusses Tesla’s experience deploying Powerpack and Powerwall microgrids to critical facilities and residents in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s utility distribution.

Speaker:  Ed McCullough, P.E. – Microgrid Engineering Lead, Tesla

Ed has worked for Tesla since 2016 and has diverse experience in renewable and alternative energy technologies, including wind, advanced lithium battery chemistry, geothermal, hydrogen, and gas-to-liquids. He is responsible for managing technical aspects of Powerpack microgrid projects. Prior to Tesla, Ed worked for NRG Energy, where he was focused on deploying distributed energy projects as part of the company’s Station A group. Ed is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an M.Eng. from University of Virginia and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Mechanical Engineering.