Preliminary Program Announced

Critical Power North America has announced the preliminary program. The conference will cover the latest advancements in critical power technology and services for data centers, industrial and manufacturing facilities, military, laboratories, healthcare, financial institutes, utilities and telecom, and serve the needs of managers and technical professionals involved in operations where reliable and continuous power is a critical factor.

Register for the conference by June 9th for the early bird discounted rate. A full conference pass grants access to the full day workshop on August 3rd, presentations on August 4th, all networking functions, as well as co-located Battery Power 2016 sessions.

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August 3rd

Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment
Peter Curtis, President & CEO, Power Management Concepts
In this full day course Peter Curtis will provide an overview of Mission Critical Infrastructure, Operations, Engineering and Maintenance topics. The discussion will include the infrastructure that supports business reliability and resiliency. The course will be an open discussion aimed at operational, infrastructure and engineering issues. This discussion will include the fundamentals of data center power distribution, including UPS systems, automatic transfer switches, static transfer switches, and emergency generators. Additionally, discussions will be held on how operational issues relate to technical maintenance programs, commissioning and procedures/MOPS.

The workshop will provide an overview of the cause and effects of human error and ways to mitigate it; risk management and reliability within critical operations; energy efficient measures for commercial buildings and integration of clean and conventional power sources; and alarm response plans and root-cause analysis.

August 4th

Regulatory Compliance for Onsite Power Stakeholders
Tom Buchal, Senior Consultant, Intertek AIM
With questions surrounding the reliability of the electric grid, trends including the increase in number of critical loads, the integration of electrical accommodation of onsite power into a buildings wiring scheme, and increasing infrastructure needs, onsite power generation has become more common and of increasing importance. Understanding the regulatory environment and how to comply has never been more important, especially with Emergency Systems and Critical Operations Power Systems. During this presentation attendees will gain an understanding of critical standards and regulations specific to onsite power; particularly the additional requirements for the design, commissioning and continued operation of critical power applications. These standards and codes include product safety standards, the National Electrical Code and several NFPA standards such as NFPA 99, 110 and 1600.

Integrating Distributed Generation and Cybersecurity to Ensure Resilient Critical Load Support
John Carroll, Director of Business Development, IPERC
Microgrids provide a distinct opportunity to bring new capabilities, energy cost reduction, enhanced reliability & resiliency to the grid through distributed generation, intelligence and autonomy. An integral aspect of successful microgrids is providing the user the ability to easily access, monitor, and adjust the system as needed. Microgrids need the ability to integrate multiple types and sizes of generation sources & energy storage and may provide for prioritized load shedding. Generation sources include both existing infrastructure & new expansion such as diesel generators, solar PV, wind, fuel cell or energy storage. This presentation will compare the features and benefits of centralized versus distributed control philosophies, as well as the challenges with integrating various forms of distributed generation into a microgrid.

How Microgrids & Distributed Generation are Changing Critical Power Planning
Ben Edgar, Business Development Manager for Microgrids and Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch
Microgrid & Distributed Generation (MG/DG) technology change how end-users plan to meet their critical power needs and how they finance it. Equipment that was formerly considered a cost of reliability can now be paired with controls and generation equipment to generate savings and a return on investment (value). MG/DG value captures the interest of third party developers and utilities. Entities with critical power have more options in how to meet their needs: power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, or self-performing and owning MG/DG projects. This presentation will explore MG/DG, what they provide and how facilities attract 3rd party investment.

Gas Engine Power System: Green Alternative for Backup Diesel Generators
Adam Rajewski, Data Center Technology Manager, Wartsila Energy Solutions
This session is provide a concept of using on-site natural gas-fired combustion engine plant for emergency data center power supply. Such a plant would normally operate as a normal flexible generating station, but at the same time ensure uninterrupted availability of emergency power to a data center in case it is needed, fully replacing traditional diesel generators. The session contains results of economic simulations and technical studies, which conclusively demonstrate that this approach may lead to financial benefits for both data center and power plant operators, while reducing overall data center environmental footprint.

Hybrid Minigrids Providing Reliable Power in Harsh Environments
Frank Pendleton, Program Manager, MRIGlobal
Hybrid minigrids using diesel generators and renewable sources (e.g., PV, wind, and battery) represent a growing global market. Since 2003, MRIGlobal has designed, deployed, operated and maintained diesel-generator minigrids for the US military. Adding renewable sources provides clean reliable energy from an optimized configuration of solar panels and batteries, with supplemental national-grid and diesel generators. These minigrids can be grid-tied, islanded, or linked for distributed power over a larger area. This presentation compares the requirements and resulting designs for: MRIGlobal operated diesel minigrids currently supporting US troops deployed to conflict; a Lake Victoria US TDA grant for a market survey, pilot minigrid, and demonstration of market viability on selected islands in Lake Victoria, Tanzania; two hybrid minigrids on existing MRIGlobal operated Ebola laboratories in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Driving TCO: A Business Case for Diesel Rotary UPS
Will Cisler is Vice President, Engineering, Hitec Power Protection, Inc.
In the world of uninterrupted power, the tendency is to solve the problem with a static UPS system. Few engineers and owners know that there are more efficient systems available at a significantly lower total cost of ownership. This presentation deals with the numerous cost factors that go into a complete analysis of the available technologies, and delivers a stunning conclusion that may change the way you approach your next project. The audience will learn to count critical cost components, incorporate capital reductions, and identify the strategies that can drive the lowest TCO.

Limited speaking slots are still available. Abstracts are now being reviewed on a first-come basis. Submit an abstract today!

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