ModBESS: President appointed to premier worldwide electric utilities working group on grid resilience

Fernando Alvarado
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(MADISON, Wis.)—ModBESS President Fernando L. Alvarado, Ph.D., has been appointed the senior U.S. representative to the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) Working Group C6.45 titled “The Impact of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on the Resilience of Distribution Networks.” The Working Group had its inaugural meeting in Paris on Aug. 31. CIGRE is the premier international organization of electric utilities.

“As someone who has a lifelong passion for energy storage solutions, I am honored to represent the United States in the CIGRE Working Group C6.45,” Dr. Alvarado said. “I look forward to working with other experts on addressing the worldwide problem of extended power outages.”

Over the next few months, Dr. Alvarado and the working group will be tasked with defining terminology, assessing the ways in which utilities around the world plan to deal with electrical grid resilience and how to best incorporate renewable resources into these objectives. The group plans to do several studies and surveys.

ModBESS, based in Madison, automates the optimal operation of electric systems that include some element of energy storage, such as a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The company specializes in helping users avoid power disruptions during outages and reduce their reliance on the electrical grid.

Besides running ModBESS, Dr. Alvarado also is a Professor Emeritus at the University of
Wisconsin Electric & Computer Engineering Department and a co-founder of ARB Energy.

For further information or to participate in the various surveys the group plans to do over the next few months, please email Fernando or visit: