The energy industry is transitioning from utility owned central plants towards the deployment of distributed energy (DE) systems. This track explores the different types of DE systems, technologies involved, energy storage, and procurement strategies. Attendees will gain a stronger understanding of the technological, economic and planning aspects of DE systems. Explore the sessions below:
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: With recent technological improvements and rapidly falling prices, energy storage is now being included in projects more frequently. This session will discuss the latest in storage technologies, including battery energy storage systems, chilled water storage, thermal energy storage, and pumped hydro. Come learn how these can be incorporated in your projects.
Renewable Energy Procurement
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: This panel discussion brings together contractors, policymakers, and installation personnel to give a broad view of efforts to get a successful renewable energy project planned, contracted, and built on your installation. This session is designed to provide complete information on acquisition authorities that can assist facilities with securing reliable on-site generation and discuss parameters of siting, environmental concerns, and other areas to be aware of when attempting to enhance facility energy through a renewable resource.
Lessons Learned from Private Sector Energy Projects
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Distributed energy (DE) is well established in the private sector. Many firms have incorporated DE into their facilities, with an eye on the “bottom line.” This session will provide an overview on several projects and a facilitated discussion with industry experts. Projects include large solar photovoltaics with batteries, combined heat and power plants, and microgrids. Come learn how these technologies can be applied in your situation.
Distributed Energy into Microgrids
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am – 10:00am
Description: Whether the power source is conventional, stored, or renewable, distributed energy (DE) systems and microgrids naturally go together to provide energy resilience against disruptions from the power grid. Through examples in the federal community, you will learn how the variety of DE systems—such as engines, turbines, fuel cells, photovoltaics, cogeneration, and battery storage—became the power source for a facility’s microgrid. You will also hear what experts think is the next stage in the evolution of DE: microgrid systems.
Renewables for Resilience
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: Learn how the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies are using renewable energy to provide energy assurance at critical facilities. In this session, hear from several organizations that have implemented renewable energy using various financing methods to promote resiliency for their facilities. This session will feature presentations on assessment methods used to identify requirements, unique aspects of the projects, and lesson learned from implementation.
Matching Natural Gas and Off-Spec Fuels with Distributed Energy Systems
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Distributed energy (DE) systems that can provide 24/7 baseload power are in high demand, but selecting the DE system is only half the battle. Whether the steady source of fuel is natural gas, landfill gas, digester gas, or biomass, bringing it to the DE system and procuring its supply requires careful consideration. Through current examples, you will learn the elements every facility manager should consider when matching fuels with a new DE system.
Innovations in Disributed Energy
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Experts in the field of small- and large-scale wind, geothermal, solar, hydro, and other distributed generation resource will provide updates on the advancements in their products, applications, and cost. Learn how these technologies are becoming increasingly affordable and integral to the U.S. Department of Defense and federal civilian future energy needs. This session will provide education on the applicability of these resources and how to determine what would be viable for a specific site.
Transforming Economics on Solar
Date: Thursday, August 17, 8:30am – 9:30am
Description: Over the past five years, solar photovoltaic systems went from being an expensive energy conservation measure that required buy downs to having commonplace advertised prices on par with utility rates. With the price of solar declining to unpreceded lows, medium- to large-scale solar projects can become a reality for organization with fiscal constraints. This session focuses on the changes in solar economics and how to benefit from declining price of solar.
Combined Heat and Power Case Studies
Date: Thursday, August 17, 9:45am – 11:15am
Description: Combined heat and power (CHP) technology can be deployed cost-effectively and with few geographic limitations. For many years, CHP has been employed mostly in industrial, large commercial, and institutional applications. CHP is gaining a reputation for providing highly efficient electricity and process heat to large organizations. Case studies from a variety of federal site representatives discuss their implementation of CHP. Learn about the assessment methods used to identify requirements, unique aspects of the projects, and lesson learned from implementation.