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Pennsylvania State University

GridSTAR Center: Smart Grid Training and Application Resource Center

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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 University
HQ State: Pennsylvania
NERC Region:
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