First Conference on Local DC Electricity – Agenda

Transforming the 21st Century Energy Economy

March 30 – April 1, 2014  •  Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC


  • We are only available to take registrations online at this link.
  • We will provide a laptop on March 30 for registration on site at the badge pickup location (only credit cards will be accepted, no cash or checks please).
  • Download the below agenda as a PDF file.



4:00PM – Attendee Badges Available for Pickup
Francis Marion Hotel

5:00PM – Reception
Francis Marion Hotel



8:00am - 8:30amContinental Breakfast
8:30am – 10:45amPlenary Session (Chair: R. Singh)


Rajendra Singh, Conference Chair

R. Larry Dooley, Interim Vice President for Research, Clemson University

James E. Rogers
, Retired Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy
William T. Mahoney, CEO, South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)
Lewis Gossett, President & CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

10:45am – 11:00amCoffee Break
11:00am – 12:00pmDC for Economic Transformation (Chair: D. Geary)
11:00am – 11:20amP. Savage, Nextek Power
The Intersection of DC Power Systems and the Internet of Things (IOT)
11:20am – 11:40amK. Shenai, Argonne National Laboratory
Minimum conversion and more DC for maximum power transfer
11:40am – 12:00pmA. Jhunjhunwala, B. Ramamurthy, K. Vasudevan and L. Narasamma, IIT Madras, India
Un-interrupted DC Power from Grid Without Storage – Will it Rid India of Power-cuts?
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pmEmerging Technologies (Chair: K. Shenai)
1:00pm – 1:20pmS. Gupta, Argonne National Laboratory
Natural Gas Based Distributed Generation
1:20pm – 1:40pm F. Kub, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Novel Power Device Approaches for Advances in Power Electronics
1:40pm – 2:00pmK. Corzine, Clemson University
DC Power System Protection Circuits - An Innovative Approach
2:00pm – 2:20pmJ. Shen, Illinois Institute of Technology
Opportunities and Challenges for Power Semiconductor Devices in Microgrid Systems
2:20pm – 2:40pmJ. Styles, GaN Systems
A New Generation of Semiconductors for a New Generation of Power
2:40pm – 3:00pmK. Haddad, and G. Genet, Semikron Power
Electronic Devices and Converters for DC Microgrids
3:00pm - 3:20pmCoffee Break
3:20pm – 5:20pmProtection and Control (Chair: K. Corzine)
3:20pm - 3:40pmR. Dougal, University of South Carolina
Robust Grid Protection and Power Delivery in Electronically-mediated dc Microgrids
3:40pm - 4:00pmJ. Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
Distributed Control and Optimization for DC Microgrid Operation
4:00pm - 4:20pmA. Mantooth, University of Arkansas
Promoting Residential DC Utilization Through the Smart Power Router
4:20pm - 4:40pmP. Theisen, Eaton
Enhanced Protection for DC Microgrid Systems
4:40pm - 5:00pmB. Southworth, Elecyr
Architecture and implementation of the Digital Microgrid™ - 380 volt DC islands
with adaptive, dynamic power routing in arbitrary configurations.
5:00pm - 5:20pmA. Benigni, University of South Carolina
Challenges and Solutions for DC Mocrogrids Control
5:20pm - 5:30pmCoffee Break
5:30pm - 7:00pmPanel Session: Challenges and Solutions for DC Implementation
Organizer and Moderator: K. Shenai

Carlos Cortes, BTC Power
Dave Geary, Star Line DC Solutions
Ashok Jhunjhunwala, I.I.T., Madras, India
Brian Patterson, EMerge Alliance
Paul Savage, Nextek Power
Bill Southworth, Elecyr
7:00pm - 9:00pmDinner



8:00am - 8:30amKeynote Address: (Chair: R. Singh)
Donald J. Talka
, Sr. Vice President & Chief Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories
8:30am - 9:50amArchitecture and Standards (Chair: P. Savage)
8:30am - 8:50amB. Patterson, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
DC: The Power to Change Buildings: The Future of the Enernet
8:50am - 9:10amD. Geary, StarLine DC Solutions
380V DC; History, Background and Rational
9:10am - 9:30amB.J. Sonnenberg, Emerson Network Power
Enabling the transition to 380V DC distribution: 380/400v dc eco system development
9:30am - 9:50amM. Gurin, CogniTek
The Customer Advantages of a DC Architecture Distributed Mesogrid™
9:50am - 10:10amCoffee Break
10:10am - 12:00pmRenewables and Applications (Chair: M. Manjrekar)
10:10am - 10:30amC. Cortes, BT Power
Microgrid Technology and Electric Vehicles
10:30am - 10:50amA. Christou, University of Maryland
Reliable Energy Integration of Offshore Wind
10:50am - 11:10amR. Singh and G. F. Alapatt, Clemson University
Photovoltaics: Enabler of DC Electricity Infrastructure for Developed,
Emerging & Underdeveloped Economies
11:10am - 11:30amS. Haroon, Suniva
The Role and Importance of Solar Energy Sources in Distributed DC Microgrids
11:30am - 11:50amS. Murdock, MG Fuels, LLC
Distributed Fuels Production for Distributed Generation
11:50am - 1:00pmBuffet Lunch
1:00pm – 2:20pmPower Distribution and Management (Chair: M. Saeedifard)
1:00pm – 1:20pmG. Kumar Venayagamoorthy, Clemson University
Optimal Power and Energy Management in DC Microgrids
1:20pm – 1:40pmJ. Curtiss Fox and N. Rigas, Clemson University
eGRID to Advance DC Technology
1:40pm – 2:00pmM. Abdelhamid and R. Singh, Clemson University
Advantages of DC Electricity Infrastructure in Road Transportation
2:00pm – 2:20pmB. Munzel, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
DC Distribution Concepts for Campus Buildings
2:20pm – 2:30pmCoffee Break
2:30pm – 3:30pmSystems and Control (Chair: G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy)
2:30pm – 2:50pmM. Rowand, Duke Energy
Utility Perspectives on DC Systems
2:50pm – 3:10pmD. Cronin, Steelorca
Transitioning from Traditional to Newer Technologies – Creating a Pathway
3:10pm – 3:30pmM. Manjrekar, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Distributed Power Systems : Next Generation Power Grid Revolution
3:30 – 3:45Vote of Thanks and Closing (Chair: R. Singh)