GridSTAR project in Philly a hub for workforce training, testing, research


The Navy Yard in Philadelphia will house what's described as a groundbreaking demonstration project for the smart grid and net zero energy buildings. Organizers say the GridSTAR Net Zero Energy Demonstration Structure will serve as a valuable hub for workforce training, building performance testing, energy management research and smart microgrid modernization deployments.


Spearheaded by Penn State with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the demo structure is the first phase of GridSTAR Center and is expected to be completed this summer.


"The GridSTAR Net Zero Energy Demonstration Structure will create a live, interactive demonstration of electrical systems technologies, serve as a hub for hands-on education and training, and provide a rich infrastructure for data and research,” said David Riley, project leader and Penn State associate professor of architectural engineering. "In leveraging the talented pool of Pennsylvania-based public and private sector leaders, the GridSTAR Net Zero Energy Demonstration Structure offers tremendous potential to further drive the adoption of energy efficiency, solar energy and energy storage systems in our residential communities.”


Later phases of the GridSTAR Center will include a solar training facility and electric vehicle charging station to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to further optimize solar power generation and energy storage.

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