NM EPSCoR SMART Grid Center Webinar Series

This series is for all project team members and will provide a forum to present research results, increase interdisciplinary and cross-cutting collaborations, and learn more about outside projects related to microgrids, commercialization, and other topics of interest to our project.

Webinar Series Facts

  • Webinars will occur monthly from Noon–1PM MT on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • Webinars can be accessed via Zoom.
  • Webinars will be recorded and posted on this website afterward.

Please contact us to suggest topics or speakers.



Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

Sandia & Los Alamos Logos

NM National Laboratories & NM SMART Grid Center–Related Research

Date/Time: Friday, November 22, 2019 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MST

Presenters: Arthur Barnes, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Jay Johnson, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

LANL presentation: Protection of inverter-interfaced microgrids is a challenging problem because many of the assumptions made in traditional protection breakdown. The difficulties in protecting such microgrids include: 1) lack of fault current from inverter-interfaced generation, 2) varying fault current… Read More

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Gary Oppedahl portrait

Gary Oppedahl has over thirty years of entrepreneurial leadership and technical management experience focusing on startups, transitions, turnarounds and acquisitions to include technical semiconductor and laser companies, health care and city government. An EE by degree, he is a serial entrepreneur who has started several companies in Albuquerque and Silicon Valley. He has been married for 35 years and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Gary is currently the Vice President of Emerging Technologies with Emera, a $25 Billion Energy company, where he gets to help set the future direction of energy generation, distribution, storage and use for North America. He set up an office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has received funding from Emera Corporate to form a skunkworks called Emera Technologies, LLC.

Gary is blessed with the opportunity to think about current and future trends and then drive organizations, people and resources to create the future.

Networked & Nested Grid-Tied Microgrids

Date/Time: Friday, October 25, 2019 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Gary Oppedahl, Emera Technologies

Emera Technologies is currently pursuing multiple demonstration projects of DC microgrids, two of which are in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first, at Kirtland Airforce Base, networks six duplex buildings, a community center, and a Sandia National Laboratories facility with renewable generation, battery storage, power… Read More

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Webinar logo - The NM SMART Grid Center Research Overview

The NM SMART Grid Center Research Overview

Date/Time: Friday, September 27, 2019 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenters: Olga Lavrova, David Mitchell, Manel Martinez-Ramon, Ali Bidram, Anne Jakle

We will kick off Year 2 of our project and our first webinar with an overview of the four research focus areas of the NM SMART Grid Center: Research Goal 1: Architecture; Research Goal 2: Networking; Research Goal 3: Decision-Support; and Research Goal 4: Deployment. After a short overview of the NM SMART Grid Center mission… Read More

Webinar Slides
Webinar Video