Next Generation Grid Components R&D Program Planning Workshop

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Swanson School of Engineering, Benedum Hall

3700 O'Hara Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Much of the “smart grid” transformation has focused on applying advanced digital information and communication technologies to help modernize the electric power grid. To achieve the full value of grid modernization, advances in grid hardware are also needed. Next-generation technologies can improve the performance and lifetimes over current designs and unleash new capabilities for the grid.

The purpose of this workshop is to identify gaps in the landscape of grid transmission and distribution components, highlight opportunities for R&D, and outline goals and priorities. Outcomes of the workshop will inform the development of DOE’s Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) multi-year program plan (MYPP). We seek your participation because of your unique expertise and experience, and to share your organizations’ point of view.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kerry Cheung at Kerry.Cheung@Hq.Doe.Gov or 202-586-4819 or Brian Marchionini at or 202-406-4109.


Wednesday, August 17

8:00 AM — Registration (breakfast on your own)
8:30 — Welcome & Overview
9:30 — Equipment and Performance Needs for the Future Grid: Industry Perspectives
12:05 PM — Lunch (on your own)
1:15 — Parallel Breakout Sessions (T&D Components R&D Gap Discussion)
4:45 — Report Outs from Gap Discussions
5:15 — Adjourn Day 1

Thursday, August 18

8:00 AM — Networking (breakfast on your own)
8:30 — Parallel Breakout Session (T&D Priorities and Goals Discussion)
10:15 — Crosscutting Discussion (Program Portfolio)
10:45 — Next Steps
11:00 — Workshop Adjourn
Optional Tour of Pitt's Electric Power Systems Lab (11am–12pm)


View the Event Map for some local area restaurants and the hotels listed below.

Transportation & Travel

Pittsburgh International Airport is the closest major airport; it is approximately 20 miles from the conference location at the University of Pittsburgh. Travel times by car may vary from 30 minutes up to an hour or more depending on traffic. Participants have several options to get to their hotels or the conference location:

* Rental cars are available at the airport with reservation.
* Taxi: (Yellow Taxi Cab: 412-321-8100; People’s Cab: 412-466-8300) Taxi fares are generally between $50-60.
* SuperShuttle Pittsburgh offers shared rides to most area hotels for a flat rate of $25. Reservations are required.

Hotels (view all on Event Map)

Hotels ranked by proximity to the Swanson School of Engineering, Benedum Hall, O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Codes are listed for a preferred rate at some hotels. State and federal employees may be able to book at the government rate.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Use code PADM (Pitt admissions)

Residence Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center
3896 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
By phone: PTJH (Pitt admissions)
Online: use code P6A

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Quality Inn University Center
3401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Shadyside Inn Suites
5405 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Online: Please use code PITTADMISS for the Pitt Admissions Rate

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Courtyard by Marriott – Shadyside
5308 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 683-3113
Ask for the Pitt Visitor Rate

HYATT house Pittsburgh/South Side
2795 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square
134 Bakery Square Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Online: Please use code 5UV for the Pitt Admissions Rate

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Swanson School of Engineering, Benedum Hall

3700 O'Hara Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Organizer U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Organizer of Next Generation Grid Components R&D Program Planning Workshop

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