Grid Edge Technology: Residential Implementation of the BLOCK Energy Smart Platform

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The emergence of microgrids with embedded energy sources ("prosumer") to provide increased reliability and resiliency in the supply of energy to customers is not a new concept. One of the challenges with these systems - in particular, where the energy source is "behind-the -meter rooftop PV - is the strain it places on the business structure that regulators require utilities to work within as these types of PV systems continue to grow.
Additionally, the "typical " microgrid is an extension of the utility AC distribution network when interconnected to the grid (normal configuration) thus prone to the power quality and resiliency issues that come with the AC grid.
A novel microgrid concept has been developed that addresses these issues and provides additional benefits by utilizing DC as its distribution network, with all energy sources owned and operated by the utility. Tampa Electric has embarked on a Pilot Project to implement such as system.
This presentation will walk through a general overview of this novel microgrid concept with a few of its key features highlighted, the processes and challenges in the creation of this Pilot Project, and some early lessons learned.

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  • Date: 14 Dec 2020
  • Time: 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-04:00) Canada/Atlantic
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This is virtual workshop.

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  • Co-sponsored by Dr. Hamed Aly
  • Starts 26 November 2020 12:00 PM
  • Ends 14 December 2020 03:59 PM
  • All times are (GMT-04:00) Canada/Atlantic
  • No Admission Charge


Phil Zinck Phil Zinck of Emera


Grid Edge Technology: Residential Implementation of the BLOCK Energy Smart Platform


Phil Zinck, M.Sc, P.Eng, Senior Electrical Engineer

Phil is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is Incoming Chair for the Cigre Canada Executive Committee. Phil has a progressive career spanning 33 years with demonstrated experience and expertise in industrial and utility power system design, power system analysis, start-up and commissioning with emphasis on Protection and Control systems and schemes. 

He has successfully filled various major project contract management and Operations roles with power utilities and engineering consultants including engineering technical support, risk and interface management, QA/QC, site construction and commissioning lead. Most recently Phil was the Emera Contract Lead for the ABB HVdc and HVac Stations as part of the 500 MW, +/-200 kV Maritime Link Project. Currently Phil is working for Emera Inc, managing the implementation of the first DC Renewable Microgrid into Tampa Electric's residential distribution network.