ProtoGen to Bring Energy Storage Symposium to Philadelphia Navy Yard this April

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ProtoGen, a distributed energy consulting firm is bringing a new event to Philadelphia, Pa. in April. The Energy Storage Symposium: Business Cases, Worker Safety and Standards, is  a one-day event  scheduled for April 17 from 8 to 4:30 pm, at the Penn State Building 661 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The event, which costs $250 to attend, is expected to draw about 150 attendees. This include twelve exhibitors “spanning the energy storage project lifecycle — from project origination to recycling,” ProtoGen said in a news release announcing the event. (Companies interested in exhibiting should contact ProtoGen directly.)

The event is designed to provide an intro to energy storage and microgrid systems with a particular  focus on setting up contractors, electricians, inspectors, and other industry stakeholders for “safe and successful participation in this fast-growing industry,” ProtoGen explained.

Navy Yard

A factory within the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Photo by Felix Lipov/

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Mensch will be providing opening remarks. Up next is a series of what ProtoGen is calling  “lightning talks” that will profile unique energy storage business cases, including how storage-as-a-service is being used at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The morning will also include a demonstration of advanced electrical training approaches by Penn State professor of architectural engineering John Messner.

After a break, the audience will reconvene for a review and demonstration of two national industry training and certification programs: The Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAMTAC) and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP).

A two-hour lunch and networking session in the afternoon will give attendees the opportunity to meet with exhibitors and try out interactive virtual reality electrical training experiences presented by Penn State and IBEW Local 98.

“The various electric grid business applications of energy storage combined with decreased cost and increased regulatory acceptance are driving a rapid transformation. These business decisions now must be met with expert technical implementation,” said Kevin Wright, co-founder, and president of ProtoGen. “Our event focuses the conversation around the project development cycle, motives, and actions that contractors and electricians can expect to see.”

Learn about energy storage business cases, worker safety and codes & standards — plus network with industry partners and try a virtual training experience at the Energy Storage Symposium at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on April 17.

Lastly, the event will come to a close with an introduction to recent energy storage standards (NFPA 855 and NECA 416), led by Mike Johnston, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) executive director of standards and safety. Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of the NFPA 855 Standard, as well as a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack throughout the day.

Who should attend? Protogen breaks it down like this:

  • Electrical trainers
  • Electrical contractors
  • Electricians
  • Electrical inspectors and code officials
  • Project Developers
  • Energy storage or microgrid customers
  • Policymakers
  • Clean energy advocates
  • Researchers

The ProtoGen event is being sponsored by Philadelphia’s IBEW Local 98 as well as the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), PECO, and the IBEW-NECA Labor Management Cooperation Committee for California and Nevada.

See the event website for more information. And for those ready to register, see here. 

Stay tuned to the Microgrid Knowledge Events Calendar for more information regarding upcoming leading energy events. 

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