An Introduction to Microgrids & University of St. Thomas Renewable Energy Facility Update

Learn all about microgrids and hear an overview of the University of St. Thomas Renewable Energy Facility (USTREF)

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM



American Engineering Testing
550 Cleveland Ave N
St. Paul MN 55114

or via live webinar

Program Details

The grid has powered industrialized countries for nearly a century. With the advancement of technology related to distributed energy sources, power electronics and storage, the evolution of the grid may someday give way to the microgrid. At a minimum, microgrids have already impacted the grid in industrial societies and are becoming more and more common (even ubiquitous) in developing countries. In fact, future microgrids will probably come into their own in developing countries ahead of those in the industrialized countries.

This presentation will cover what constitutes a microgrid, some of the characteristics that distinguish a microgrid from the grid, how microgrids function, aspects of microgrid architectures, distributed energy resources, energy storage, and a bit about how microgrids are controlled.

In addition, our presenter will provide an overview of the University of St. Thomas Renewable Energy Facility (the USTREF), with an update on the status of this exciting microgrid research project. As the USTREF construction plans finalize in the next few months, the structure and finalized assets that will be deployed have also evolved consistent with the rapid advancements in all facets of microgrid technology.

Dr. Greg Mowry is director of the MSEE and the renewable energy and alternatives laboratory (REAL) at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. He has several years of work experience with Xcel Energy and is the recipient of a major multi-million dollar microgrid grant through the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund.


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Fee-based registration:

  • Individual non-members (in person or via live webinar): $100
  • Small group webinar site of 3-5 non-members participating: $290
  • Medium group webinar site of 6-10 non-members participating: $575
  • Large group webinar site of 11+ non-members participating: $1050

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Live site attendees have the option to purchase a boxed lunch during the registration process. Please note: No lunch orders can be accommodated after Thursday, October 27, 2016. 

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2016


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