November 2010 Meeting

Power Monitoring / Energy Management and the Smart Grid

A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology with two-way communications to control appliances at consumers' homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. It overlays the electrical grid with an information and net metering system.

The smart grid is made possible by applying sensing, measurement and control devices with two-way communications to electricity production, transmission, distribution and consumption parts of the power grid that communicate information about grid condition to system users, operators and automated devices, making it possible to dynamically respond to changes in grid condition.

About the Speakers:

Don Brown presented a brief overview of power factor/var control and the use of synchronous machines as synchronous condensers (capacitors). This old concept of the 1950’s can now be used again as a source of revenue in the new smart grid environment. Many companies are realizing revenue gains from synchronous machines on a regular basis, weekends, nights when they normally sit idle. This presentation will briefly introduce what power factor/ Vars are, why you should be concerned, what a synchronous condenser is, and it’s advantages.

Don Brown has been with the NASA Glenn Research Center for 22 years, and is the Central Process Electrical Systems Manager responsible for all the large motor controls at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. In addition he is currently President of the Cleveland Section ISA, and has presented papers on solid state excitation systems for synchronous machines and Power factor control using synchronous condensers and capacitor banks at various power symposiums.


John D. Day is Vice President, Public Sector, for EDSA Micro Corporation (EDSA). EDSA develops software used by its customers to design and manage complex electrical infrastructure. John has been with EDSA since June 2008 and has worked in the software and technology industries for fifteen years. At EDSA, John is responsible for building the company’s presence in all areas of the public sector, including federal, state, local, and public higher education.

At ISA’s November meeting, John discussed EDSA’s role in one of the country’s leading smartgrid/microgrid projects. Many institutions are beginning to embrace the use of a model-based approach, referred to as power analytics, to manage complex power distribution systems and on-site co-generation assets. EDSA was a member of a team led by the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) which won a grant from the California Energy Commission to deploy a solution to manage UCSD’s campus-wide microgrid. UCSD’s microgrid includes co-generation assets that supply 82 percent of the power needs for a 1,200-acre, 450-building campus with a daily population of 45,000 people. UCSD uses a combination of software tools to manage its microgrid, and John will share details about the ways power analytics can be an important element of successfully understanding, implementing, and managing smartgrid/microgrid environments.


Barney Google's (Days Inn)

4742 Brecksville Road

Richfield, Ohio


When: Wednesday, November 03, 2010

6:00pm - 8:30pm