Technology forum at IUPUI paves way for microgrids in Indiana

  • April 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has announced that the topic of the 2014 Spring Forum will be “Microgrid Interconnections and Energy Storage.”

The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, with breakfast and networking at 8 a.m., at the IUPUI Campus Center, Event Room 450, 420 University Blvd. in Indianapolis. This event will bring together industry leaders from business, government and academia to provide a dynamic, multifaceted exploration of key issues surrounding distributed power sources and high-density energy storage as well as their impact on grid stability.

“As distributed-generation sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and fuels cells become less expensive to use, businesses -- and even residences -- are installing these power sources to save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Peter J. Schubert, director of the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy.

The forum will address concerns about power cleanliness, maintenance responsibility and uptime, as well as challenges in technology assessment, system architecture and grid interconnect faced by facility managers who install renewable energy sources and energy storage capacity.

Consumer counselor David Stippler of the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, an organization that represents ratepayers, will kick off the forum with a presentation on “The Challenge of Distributed Energy Resources.” Ken Geisler, vice president of strategy at Siemens Smart Grid Division-North America, Infrastructure and Cities Sector, will serve as keynote speaker at the luncheon. His talk will include real-world examples of microgrid installations and the subsequent positive impact on efficiencies and economics.

Registration for the forum is open. The registration fee, $99 for business professionals and $40 for students, includes breakfast, lunch and parking in the adjacent Vermont Street parking garage.

 

About the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy:

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy was established to address the urgent societal needs for clean, affordable and renewable energy sources, improve the nation’s energy security and reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Its primary mission is to promote research excellence in the area of renewable energy through collaborative efforts among faculty in the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, public policy and environmental affairs. It will promote renewable energy applications through teaching, learning, civic engagement and synergistic partnerships with industry, government labs and local communities.

About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:
The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society.

Richard Schneider
Lisa York