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  • HybridFAST Helps Quantify the Solar + Storage Value Stack

    Distributed energy consulting firm ProtoGen has announced the release of HybridFAST 8.0 – the Financial Advisory Spreadsheet Tool for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, battery energy storage systems (BESS), and hybrid systems. Solar and storage systems are increasingly compatible investments for more efficient and resilient electrical grids. Citing a surge of interest in grid modernization across markets and sectors, ProtoGen has Continue Reading

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  • WFMZ-TV 69 News

    Bucks County reviews plans for increased renewable energy

    Bucks County's government could replace 75% of its electricity use with solar power for an extra $250,000 per year, ProtoGen Energy co-founder Kevin Wright said Wednesday. Wright told the county commissioners that, based on a study his firm completed at no cost, placing solar panels on county properties to generate three-quarters of the energy the government uses would cost about $28.6 million. When the cost of construction and maintenance is amortized over time, Bucks would pay about $1.5 million per year annually for electricity, up about a quarter-million dollars from the current cost. The estimates are based on current federal and state incentives for solar power, and those incentives can change, Wright said. The study reflects just dollars and cents, he said, not the environmental benefits of reducing carbon emissions. "It does not consider the value of cutting (use of) fossil fuels," he told the commissioners. Wright also said a national or state push for renewable energy could help fund solar power. "Incentives can very quickly change this picture," he said. Wright said New Jersey, for example, is more aggressive in promoting the solar switch.

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  • WFMZ-TV 69 News

    Quakertown’s ProtoGen to review Bucks County’s pathway to solar

    Bucks County's commissioners will hear Wednesday about how county government can increase its use of solar energy. ProtoGen's Kevin Wright will present his company's findings at the board's 10:30 a.m. Wednesday meeting in Doylestown. "We reviewed 25 county-owned locations," Wright said. "We defined the solar capacity of those locations, and we determined the pathway to generate about 75% of all the electricity the county government uses." That electrical demand comes from the county prison, government buildings and senior homes, among others. ProtoGen is a small energy-consulting outfit with three partners, but it has big goals, Wright said. "We are trying to transform the market place," he said.

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  • Levittown Now

    County Approves Energy Audit

    The Bucks County Commissioners have approved a firm to begin an energy audit. Protogen Energy, of Quakertown Borough, will conduct an audit of county operations to see how Bucks County government can “save energy and explore new opportunities for alternative energy,” Commissioners Vice Chairperson Bob Harvie said earlier this month. The company will produce a report at no cost to taxpayers after reviewing all of the county’s facilities and energy bills, Harvie said. Protogen Energy conducted a similar audit for Berks County several years back. Harvie said he reviewed that report and found it to be in-depth. After the audit, the county could consider hiring the firm for a secondary program, Harvie said.

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  • Microgrid Knowledge

    California Electricians Receive Training in Microgrids and Storage as Part of Climate, Equity Effort

    As part of the effort to train workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce Development Board has provided a $1.25 million grant for training and certification through a new nonprofit, Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAMTAC).

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  • Microgrid Knowledge

    Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Microgrid Aficionados

    ProtoGen Energy Aligned, Quakertown, PA company, did what all good entrepreneurs do: identified problem and came up with a solution. The problem? Most of the world has no idea what those of us in energy are talking about most of the time. ProGen’s solution is an attractive deck of flashcards that define in common speak many of the energy industry’s most brow furrowing terms. From anaerobic digester to virtual net metering, it’s all here. Kevin Wright, ProtoGen co-founder and president, told us he came up with the idea in the wake of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign. The grassroots effort resulted in numerous municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania issuing solicitations for development of specific, local plans for transitioning to renewable energy. In meeting with municipal and Sierra Club stakeholders, it became evident to Wright that there was a need to better educate the public about the economic, regulatory, and technical implications of undertaking such a transition. That requires teaching at least the rudiments of energy speak.

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  • Microgrid Knowledge

    The Philadelphia Navy Yard Story: The Remarkable Emergence of an Unintentional Microgrid

    From rags to riches, the Philadelphia Navy Yard offers one of the more remarkable tales of the emergence of a microgrid. Located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the site was an abandoned shipyard 20 years ago with most of its electric service turned off. Today, it’s a thriving commercial center, powered by one of the nation’s most sophisticated — and evolving — microgrids. Credit for its success goes to an unusual coming together of the military, the city of Philadelphia, the local electric utility, a development authority and some energy visionaries. Oh, and dog lovers. The story begins in the late 1990s when the federal government decided to shutdown the Naval shipyard, one of 97 major installations closed as part of the United States post Cold War military cutback. The decision left city officials trying to figure out how to blunt the economic loss. The shipyard, once one of the world’s largest, employed 47,000 people at its height during World War II. By the time it announced plans to close, it had 7,400 employees.

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  • Microgrid Systems Laboratory

    MSL, PENN STATE, SFCC TEAM FOR DESTENI

    Pennsylvania State University (PSU), a leader in microgrid and energy storage technology, distributed energy systems, and associated workforce training initiatives, has joined forces with Santa Fe Community College, supported by MSL and ProtoGen Energy, to develop the new DESTENI program (Distributed Energy Systems Technical Education Network Initiative). The consortium (convened by MSL) has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education program for its initial funding in 2020, having reached the finalist stage of consideration last year. The goal is to develop a widely replicable and industry validated Distributed Energy Systems Technician training program of curriculum components and certifications that will significantly advance the knowledge and implementation of education and training nationally in these critical emerging energy technologies. DESTENI builds on SFCC’s current work with MSL in this area, including the NM SMART Grid Center new faculty hire, and the “Nanogrid” training facilities on campus. PSU has created a number of related foundational programs, including the Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAMTAC) with ProtoGen, and is the primary research university partner in the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid project and associated GridSTAR education center. Industry experts and organizations such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association will provide input and guidance.

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  • Penn State

    New microgrid guide to assist ‘hybrid’ fossil fuel and renewable energy systems

    PHILADELPHIA — Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering has announced the release of an introductory guide for those in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are interested in conceiving, developing and financing ‘hybrid’ fossil fuel and renewable energy systems. The guide, titled “CHP-Enabled Renewable Energy in Microgrids in Pennsylvania: A Guidance Document for Conceiving Feasible Systems," is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under the State Energy Program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These systems can provide on-site, natural-gas-fueled electric and thermal (e.g. hot water or steam) energy generation (combined heat and power — CHP) in combination with renewable energy resources such as solar photovoltaic arrays and battery storage systems. Such systems provide an economically and environmentally attractive means to utilize Marcellus shale gas in combination with renewable energy resources to promote economic growth, with higher efficiency and lower emissions than conventional systems. The target audience for such systems is owners of commercial and industrial buildings and properties with well-defined thermal loads, including retirement communities, multi-family buildings, hospitals, food processors and any large users of steam or hot water; commercial, institutional and industrial parks and campuses; and municipalities and rural co-op organizations.

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  • Energy Storage Networks

    Consulting firm ProtoGen offers financial advisory spreadsheet tool for solar+storage

    ProtoGen initially developed HybridFAST to help its clients better understand the financial impacts and opportunities of their grid-interactive solar + storage projects. The tool models both energy-flows and cash-flows and is capable of simulating a wide range of system architectures, operational modes and market conditions. It contains no macros or hidden fields, and all calculations can easily be reverse-engineered, inspected, and modified for any purpose.

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  • Solar Power World

    Consulting firm ProtoGen offers financial advisory spreadsheet tool for solar+storage

    Distributed energy consulting firm ProtoGen has releasef its HybridFAST 8.0, a financial advisory spreadsheet tool for solar PV systems, battery energy storage systems and hybrid systems.

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  • Penn State News

    ProtoGen Intern Wins 2018 Oswald Award for Scholarship

    While interning at ProtoGen Energy, Chen worked with various companies and research teams to strengthen partnerships between industrial and academic partners. Chen collaborated with participants from 11 other countries for measures to improve the environment.

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  • Engineered Systems Magazine

    ProtoGen presents at industry workshop

    ProtoGen co-founder and president Kevin Wright presented at a workshop organized by Danfoss and Pennsylvania State University at Philadelphia to explore the impact of energy storage on U.S. resilience and the United Nations net-zero carbon buildings program. The presentation was titled "Market Transformation: Grid, Building and Energy Storage Systems Integration."

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