March 4-6, 2015 Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference

March 4-6, 2015 Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference
March 9, 2015 Stephanie Nowers

Wind Power Conference Connects International Experts on Remote and Islanded Grid Systems

Experts from across the globe including Russia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Alaska and around the United States convened March 4-6, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska for a 2.5-day conference focused on the development and maximization of remote and islanded grid wind power systems.

The conference was an opportunity for technical experts from national labs and universities from around the country to meet with wind farm operators from Alaska and others to discuss ways to optimize and improve these remote systems. Sessions covered technical topics such as energy storage and control systems for integrating wind power into electrical grids; the human capacity needs for operating and maintaining systems in remote areas; and financing and the diesel side of the equation in maximizing performance.

Speakers included wind farm operators from around Alaska as well as technical experts from recognized research facilities such as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Power Systems Integration Program, which is part of the Alaska Center for Energy & Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Alaska Governor Bill Walker also addressed attendees at the conference.

Alaska was an ideal location to host the event as the state is recognized as a world leader in remote wind-diesel hybrid systems, with more than 25 communities now powered by wind.

The conference was hosted by the Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC), which was created by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) in Alaska and the Island Institute in Maine to act as a knowledge center to connect those using and working on remote grids throughout the United States and beyond. The IGRC is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange Program.

Presentations from the conference are below and video of sessions will be available soon.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 SESSIONS

Rich_Wies_Electrical_Concepts for Non-Engineers(.pdf)
Josh_Craft_ Wind Diesel 101(.pdf)
Rich_Stromberg_Wind Diesel 201(.pdf)

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 SESSIONS

State of Islanded Grids_All_Presentations(.pdf)
Peter Asmus, Navigant Research (San Francisco, California)
Paula McGarrigle, SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc. (Alberta, Canada)
Ted Peck, Tian Shan Renewable Energy (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado)

Wind-Diesel-in-Alaska_All Presentations(.pdf)
Steve Gilbert, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (Anchorage, Alaska)
Brad Reeve, Kotzebue Electric Association (Kotzebue, Alaska)
Jan Tierson, TDX Power (Anchorage, Alaska)
Darron Scott, Kodiak Electric Association (Kodiak, Alaska)

Human Factor_All Presentations(.pdf)
Roderick Phillip, Chaninik Wind Group (Kongiganak, Alaska)
Karen Johnson, Denali Commission (Anchorage, Alaska)
Mike Shiffer, Alaska Department of Labor (Anchorage, Alaska)
Mike Black, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Anchorage, Alaska)

Breaking the HighContribution-Ceiling_All Presentations(.pdf
Rich Stromberg, Alaska Energy Authority (Anchorage, Alaska)
Kord Christianson, TDX Power (Anchorage, Alaska)
Phil Maker, Alaska Center for Energy & Power/PowerWater Corp. (Darwin, Australia)

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 SESSIONS

ENERGY STORAGE
Bill_Stamm_Ultracapacitors(.pdf)
Gwen_Holdmann Energy Storage Overview(.pdf)
Lynn_Trahey_Storage_Updates(.pdf)

MARKET UPDATES
Peter_Asmus_Microgrids(.pdf)
Suzanne_MacDonald_New England(.pdf)
Scott_Haase_Pacific Market(.pdf)
Brian_Hirsch_Indonesia(.pdf)

DEMAND MANAGEMENT
Reese_Huhta Unalakleet Load Management(.pdf)
Eric_Hanssen_Wind to Heat for Rural Water Systems(.pdf)
Tim_Warren_King Island Smart Grid(.pdf)

GEARING UP FOR WIND
Jackie_Schaefer_Regional Energy Planning(.pdf)
Robin_Reich_WindProjectPermittingCaseStudy(.pdf)
Jim_St._George_Construction Logistics(.pdf)

BUILDING ON THE MICROGRID MOVEMENT
Peter_Lilienthal Global Trends(.pdf)
Dan_Zimmerle_Off Grid and “Near Grid” Isolated Systems(.pdf)
Alex_Rojas_Advanced Microgrid Control(.pdf)

SUPPLY CHAIN SPEED DATING
Alexander Van Heuverswyn_XANT(.ppsx)
Marc_Hoffman_Innovus_Power(.pdf)
Steve_Drouillhet_Sustainable Power Systems(.pdf)
Diana_Popa_Vergnet Wind Turbines(.pdf)
Dave_Nickerson_Beacon Flywheels (.pdf) 
Trevor_Atkinson_Northern Power Systems(.pdf)
Louis Rigaud_Halus Power(.pdf)
Gerald Fleischman PowerWorks Wind Turbines (.pdf)

DIESEL ISSUES IN WIND-DIESEL
David_Lockard Diesel Efficiency(.pdf)
Marc_Mueller_Stoffels_Powerhouse Options(.pdf)
Steve_Stassel_Engine and Tier Issues(.pdf)

BUSINESS MODELS
Greg_Price_Project Financing(.pdf)
Ethan_Berkowitz_IPPs_and_P3s(.pdf)
Doug_Johnson_Accelerating Innovation(.pdf)