- Monday, May 11, 2020
Virtual Microgrid Boot Camp Prepares Students for Utility Internships
ACEP’s second Microgrid Boot Camp is in progress this week (May 11-15, 2020). Previously a hands-on learning experience at ACEP facilities in Fairbanks, the boot camp this year is held in an online format due to coronavirus restrictions and remains a collaboration between ACEP and the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions at Arizona State University.
The course was originally developed by LEAPS as part of the Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence program, an energy research project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, to break new ground in alternative energy employment for student veterans.
The intensive five-day training focuses on technical, economic and regulatory basics of microgrids, with an emphasis on Alaska energy challenges. Camp participants earn one credit through the UAF Bristol Bay Campus and are primarily University of Alaska undergraduate students who have been selected for the ACEP Utility Student Internship program.
This year the camp has expanded to a full capacity of 16 participants: nine UA undergrad students, four students from out of state and three participants from a regional tribal consortium. ACEP intends to continue expanding the reach of the course in the future to utility members, city and tribal councils, housing authorities, trade schools and programs, and utility industry personnel.
ACEP researchers, ASU collaborators and Alaska energy experts are engaging with the participants and sharing their expertise via sessions such as microgrid design activities, virtual Power Systems Integration Lab tour and demonstration, and Alaska Energy Authority powerhouse tours. There will be a group collaboration project on electric vehicles and an energy audit activity, among other presentations, and virtual hands-on learning activities.
The boot camp is outfitting participants with the knowledge and skills to prime them for online-based summer internship project work with remote and railbelt utilities, many of which have started the process of integrating renewable and alternative energy sources into their grids.
The Microgrid Boot Camp is funded by a generous grant from the Office of Naval Research. See camp schedule at: http://ausi.alaska.edu/5101.
For more information on the ACEP Microgrid Boot Camp, please contact Heike Merkel.
ACEP's Jeremy Vandermeer simulates solar energy integrated into microgrid for 2019 boot camp participants. Photo by Amanda Byrd.