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May 21-23, 2015
hosted by Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, USA


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Technical Workshop

Microgrid Design and Implementation
Friday, May 22, 2015
1:30 PM To 5:30 PM
Naperville Conference Center, Northern Illinois University
1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Workshop Overview
The workshop is intended for engineers, researchers, and industry managers who want to learn more about latest developments of Smart Grid technologies as well as design and implementation of microgrid systems. Participants will learn several aspects of the engineering design and analytical studies required for successful integration of modern microgrids. The workshop will include the discussion of an actual industrial-scale microgrid project.
Workshop Content
  • Introduction
    • Definition of a microgrid
    • Microgrid objectives
  • Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    • Selection
    • Integration and utilization in the microgrid
  • Switching and Protection Devices
    • Selection
    • Implementation of protection schemes in microgrids
  • Communication and Control
    • Communication media and protocols
    • Robust communication system design
    • Control hierarchy in microgrids
Workshop Lead Presenter: Wanda Reder, IEEE Fellow
Wanda Reder is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of S&C Electric Company in Chicago, IL. From 2004 to 2014 she was Vice President of Power Systems Solutions (PSS) Division of S&C, where she led numerous industrial, commercial, and utility projects, including several Smart Grid and Distribution Automation projects. Under her leadership PSS Division design and implemented the first Perfect Power prototype at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ms. Reder is the IEEE Division VII Director, IEEE Board of Directors member, Past President of the Power and Energy Society, and founder of IEEE‐PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. She received the 2014 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Medal for her distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of the IEEE and the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Hall of Honor Award and IEEE Power & Energy Society Meritorious Service Award in 2013.
Workshop Presenter: Michael Higginson, IEEE Member
Michael Higginson is a Design Engineer with S&C Electric Company in its Consulting and Analytical Services (CAS) team of the Power Systems Solutions group. Mike is responsible for performing a variety of power systems studies including short circuit analysis, protective device coordination, and arc flash studies. He also presents training on electrical hazards and the performance of arc-flash incident energy analysis.
Michael has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Michael is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and is active in the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee. He is an Enrolled Professional Engineer Intern in the state of Illinois.