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Pennsylvania State University

GridSTAR Center: Smart Grid Training and Application Resource Center


The GridSTAR Center will provide education and training of a workforce needed to design, construct, and operate a reliable, secure, economical, energy efficient, and safe Smart Grid. Operations will begin at University Park and will include two satellite locations: the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the Pittsburgh Green Innovators facility at the former Pittsburgh Public Vocational-Technical High School. The GridSTAR Center is coordinating with a diverse team of utility, energy management, manufacturing, and training partners to provide systems-based continuing education and train-the-trainer programs in advanced power systems design, energy economics, cyber security, distributed energy generation, and building-vehicle-grid systems.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

David Riley
Principal Investigator
Pennsylvania State University
104 Engineering Unit A
University Park, PA 16802-1505

Recipient: Pennsylvania State Universit
HQ State: Pennsylvania
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Total Budget: $10,000,000
Federal Share: $5,000,000
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Job retention and employee growth
  • Workforce trained in technical and professional skills that can provide leadership in transforming existing power systems to a Smart Grid
  • Active industrial participation in energy systems education
  • Highly skilled, electric power workforce trained in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

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