Energy Storage & Hot Topics in Renewable Energy

Technical Symposium

Hot Topics in Renewable Energy

Wednesday, September 26
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 203AB

Rod Walton

Editor and Content Manager
Power Engineering and POWER-GEN International

Rod Walton is editor and content manager for the Power Engineering website and the POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition. He started with Pennwell in August 2015 as senior editor for POWERGRID International and the DistribuTECH conference exhibition, focusing on the T&D and smart grid sectors. In June 2018, he moved over to Power Engineering and POWER-GEN as part of Clarion UX's acquisition of Pennwell. Prior to joining Pennwell, he was energy reporter and business editor for the Tulsa World. He spent 29 years in newspaper journalism as a sports writer, assistant city editor, state reporter and business reporter. He lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with his wife and has four children, two of whom are public school teachers and two who are in college.


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Adarsh Nagarajan, PhD

Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Adarsh Nagarajan is a Research Engineer in Power System Design and Studies at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a focus in power electronics/power functions relating to clean energy systems. . His experience encompasses computer modeling of power systems; grid integration of distributed energy resources (DERs); design, modeling, fabrication and testing of power electronic converters; modeling, control, and monitoring of energy storage systems; and the design, system integration, control and dynamics, protection, and seamless grid integration of low-inertia systems (microgrids). He has especially deep expertise in: modeling advanced inverter operation modes in distribution systems, especially those associated with DERs. He has authored over twenty technical publications. He is a Member of the IEEE and is active in standards creation. Dr. Nagarajan received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2014, from Arizona State University.


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Tom Tansy

SunSpec Alliance

Tom Tansy is Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance ( where he leads the distributed energy industry's efforts to establish data and communication standards that enable seamless integration of solar PV and storage into the Smart Grid. The SunSpec Alliance has more than 100 stakeholders across the globe, including leading fleet operators, component suppliers, software developers, and utilities. Tom previously served as General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for Power-One (now part of ABB) and helped start electric vehicle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles


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