Today’s power systems are going through a significant transition to move toward a more sustainable framework. This can be seen by the increasing integration of renewable resources, the growth of distributed generation, the burgeoning need for dispatchable grid storage and heightened levels of demand by companies around the world.
On May 19th a cadre of Penn State students began an Immersive Leadership Experience in Sustainable Energy and Business. This summer program combines hands-on coursework with internship experiences, and is hosted by GridSTAR Center, which is a smart grid educational and operational research center that is part of the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State, located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
The electric workforce is helping to pioneer an entirely new Green energy technology infrastructure at Penn State's GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pa. Sitting at the heart of the new redevelopment project for The Navy Yard, the GridSTAR (Grid Smart Training and Application Resource) Center is designed to champion and cultivate new talent and research in the field of green energy, smart energy technologies and energy efficiency for homes and communities.
Penn State’s GridSTAR Center and multiple industry partners will be exploring and demonstrating an innovative and collaborative approach to improve the performance of solar photovoltaic systems. By using weather data and images of the sky to “train” a control system to operate solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems, the variability of a solar system’s output will be “smoothed” and, at the same time, responsive to variations in the price of electricity throughout the day.
Penn State is offering a interdisciplinary, hands-on summer program for students, which is set to begin in May. This immersive leadership experience in sustainable energy and business will be held at the GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia through support provided by the Sustainability Institute.
On Wednesday, March 19, students are invited to see advanced sustainability concepts in action and visit Penn State’s GridSTAR Center at a Schreyer Honors College Shaping the Future Summit Event titled Energy and Sustainability Day. Located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, the GridSTAR Center is a unique education and research environment designed to accelerate the future of energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technologies.
The GridSTAR Center is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Solar States and the Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative. As part of a program to teach students about the benefits of solar energy, the GridSTAR Center will host groups from local school districts and YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School to visit the hands-on solar energy education center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia to gain direct experience with the most advanced solar energy technologies.
Penn State's GridSTAR Center is excited to introduce the Smart Grid Technical Workshop Series that will consist of new and engaging workshops for energy industry professionals.
The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, launched by Penn State, features a variety of energy technologies that demonstrate methods for building homes, commercial buildings and campuses that are friendlier to the electric grid. The new facility for exploring smart energy solutions, housed at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, will be featured on two official tours during the 2013 GreenBuild Conference scheduled in Philadelphia, Nov. 18 to 23.
A battery that helps improve the quality and reliability of the electric grid was officially brought online this week at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The battery is part of the new GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center and uses a special control system to inject or draw energy from the grid based on a signal from a utility.