“I was honored to host the Fort Collins 2019 Symposium,” said Jim Cale, symposium steering committee member and associate professor in CSU’s recently launched Systems Engineering department. “Microgrid technology is altering the energy landscape and will help increase the resiliency of the electrical grid; it will definitely influence how electrical power will be distributed and managed in the future.”
“The world of microgrids has transformed since the first symposium in 2005. At that time, only a small group of researchers were focusing on microgrids as we currently think of them,” said Chris Marnay, senior scientific fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and one of the symposium founders. “Almost all the activity was in North America, Europe, and Japan, and the technology was unproven.”
The FutureSince then, “microgrid” has secured a stable slot in the everyday energy lexicon, and the future of microgrid technology is bright. Major focus will be placed on using remote microgrids to bring electricity to one billion-plus people currently lacking any access. In such regions, the traditional grid model might be skipped entirely, just as landline telephones couldn’t compete with mobile communications. Another important topics for microgrid researchers and policymakers today is the potential to use microgrids to enhance the resiliency of the overall power grid so it’s able to provide power to critical facilities during emergencies, helping to mitigate the consequences of cyber or physical attacks. For more information about the symposium, or to inquire about undergraduate or graduate research openings in microgrids, contact Jim Cale at email@example.com.