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TOUR - Univ. of St Thomas Renewable Energy Facility - 2.0 PDHs
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 Export to Your Calendar 4/10/2018
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1 - 3 p.m., social following
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University of St Thomas School of Engineering
2115 Summit Avenue MS-OSS-101
St. Paul, Minnesota  55105
United States
Presenter: Dr. Greg Mowry, Engineering Professor
Contact: 651-457-2347

Online registration is available until: 4/8/2018
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  The University of St Thomas Renewable Energy Facility (USTREF):


A state-of-art research microgrid


An exclusive MnSPE tour



2.0 PDHs

This seminar is a tour - no webinar will be offered.


Social to follow at Urban Growler Brewing Company



Program Overview:


Attendees will learn about and tour the USTREF, receive an introduction about the project objectives and obtain a vision of microgrids and their pending potential.


Tour attendees will learn about and see:


  • Examples of DERs: Solar PV, battery storage, diesel gen sets
  • Elements of microgrid controls: Switchgear, control rooms, distributed management systems, smart grid standards
  • Small substation design




Professor Mowry earned a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgical engineering from Iowa State University. While leading the advanced recording head design teams at Seagate Technology, in 1995 he earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Minnesota. Professor Mowry spent 25 years in corporate America, serving as an inventor, R&D scientist, and engineer.

In 2003, Professor Mowry joined the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. He is the founding director of the MSEE power program, and the director of the renewable energy and alternatives laboratory. For the past 12 years, his research has focused on reliable, robust, and economic microgrids, alternative energy systems, and power electronics.


Microgrids have a wide variety of commercial and humanitarian applications. Humanitarian microgrid projects require non-traditional design approaches since their operation necessitates minimal human intervention and maintenance. Furthermore, the users typically become dependent on the reliable operation of these microgrids hence premature failures may have serious and negative social/political consequences. 




FREE for current MnSPE members and MnSPE Diamond & Platinum Partners non-member employees

*Membership must be current on the date of the seminar.
*Not a current member but want to attend for free? Join MnSPE for 6 months free or rejoin here.


Fee-based registration:



Join MnSPE members for a social Urban Growler Brewing Company immediately following this tour (approximately 3:30 p.m.).


Tour Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018

All registrations after 4/5 will be assessed at $50 late fee.

Online registration closes Sunday, April 8. No registrations will be accepted after 4/8.
No walk-in registrations will be accepted.


MnSPE members MUST log in to see the free member rate.



To the best of our knowledge, this seminar meets the requirement for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying, Geoscience and Interior Design.

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