Day 1 - Tuesday September 12

10:00 am

Eliminating Stranded Capacity Through Rightsizing whilst Anticipating Future Requirements: Scalability, Modularity and Redundancy Strategies

Critical power system designs are often specified based on the current expected load but often, out of fear of overinvestment and creating stranded capacity, neglect to prepare for future loads. Stranded capacity is a form of overinvestment where capacity of power, cooling and floor space is available but goes unused, and as such is very costly. Eliminating stranded capacity can be done by rightsizing, which is ensuring that the infrastructure contains the right number of components to support the application/system requirements.

However, rightsizing can cause issues with factoring in redundancy as well as preparing for the power load needs of the future. Solutions for eliminating stranded capacity can be found by designing scalable systems with modular components to create a robust system that can endure outages due to failure or maintenance or by looking at alternative redundancy strategies such as co-location or cloud based solutions. This session will provide case-studies and solutions for scalable, modular system design as well as creating alternative redundancy strategies. It will address the following issues:

  • Rightsizing and anticipating the power load needs of the future by designing a scalable, modular system
    • Capacity planning best practice
    • How to create quickly deployable designs that you can implement as and when needed?
  • Outlining redundancy requirements:
    • How much reliability do you realistically need to keep the facility operational?
    • What can be replaced by servers/applications rather than using the existing infrastructure?
    • Examining the alternatives: colocation, cloud, modular solutions
  • Retrofitting new equipment into existing designs
    • How can you economically implement heavy equipment in existing buildings?                
    • How do you address structural floor loading issues?
    • Understand future load and trade-off weight versus cost:
      • How many megawatts do you need?
      • What level of resiliency do you require? (this impacts equipment selection)
      • What type of alternative equipment can you use? (cooling methods e.g.)


Christopher McLean
, Director, Mission Critical Projects, Vanderweil Engineers

Adding Intelligent Workload Management to Optimize Rightsizing

John Peterson PE, PMP, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Program Manager, Mission Critical, Buildings & Places, AECOM

The $100,000,000 Question: How to balance future growth against current needs while minimizing or eliminating stranded capacity

Jeremy Taylor, Senior Electrical Engineer, CH2M Hill

Process and Achieving Balance and Efficiency in Your Infrastructure

Greg Botteon, Vice President Mission Critical / Mechanical-Electrical Services, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Capacity Planning in a Multi-Tenant Data Center

Jason Yaeger, Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Solutions, Online Tech

11:30 am


11:45 am

Panel Discussion: Reviewing Project Finance in Energy Project Development

This panel will discuss the role of project finance in microgrids, critical power needs, and energy project development as it deals with technical solutions to meet commercial needs. The panel will cover topics such as identifying system qualities, batteries, and controls that are attractive to project developers and lenders. The group will also discuss the best way for system integrators to meet and engage project developers, and how the supply chain community can help the finance community create a comfortable project contract structure.

Topics to discuss:

  • What good qualities in systems, batteries, and controls are project developers and financiers looking to incorporate into their products?
  • What is the best way for system integrators to meet and engage project developers?
  • How can the supply chain community help the finance community create a comfortable project contract structure?


Davion Hill PhD
, Energy Storage Leader, DNV GL Americas

Kyle Wamstad, Associate Attorney, Eversheds Sutherland

Geoff Brown, President of Powin Energy Corporation, Powin Energy

Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie Energy

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Evaluating the Microgrid Market and Its Potential as a Critical Power System Solution for Increased Resiliency

Traditionally, the microgrid market is driven by the military as they account for more than half of the microgrid market. However, microgrid solutions are increasingly implemented by municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals as they offer opportunities for resiliency, security, savings and sustainability. As more and more local governments are moving toward integrating smart tools to improve safety, transportation and management of the city, they look toward microgrids to create robust systems that can operate in connection to and independently from the grid to ensure that vital emergency services such as transport, communications, and hospitals are running during an outage or a storm. This series of presentations will evaluate the trends driving the microgrid market as well as applying microgrids in different spaces, such as a new build project or implementation in existing buildings, within an isolated building or within an existing campus.

Geoff Oxnam
, CEO, American Microgrid Solutions LLC

Optimal Sizing and Dispatching of Microgrid Components to Maximize Economic Gain and Increase Resiliency

Travis Simpkins PhD, President, muGrid Analytics

Oakland University Combined Heat and Power System with Microgrid

James Leidel, Principal Markets Technical Consultant, DTE Energy

Examining Micro Grid Value Streams: Cost-Modeling, Security and Resiliency

Darrin Moorman, Business Development Director, Go Electric Inc.

3:15 pm


3:30 am

Weathering the Storm: Evaluating Resource Planning to Create a More Resilient Power Grid

Severe weather is the primary cause of power outages, costing $25-$70 billion annually. Critical infrastructure can be at risk because emergency power sources are not always reliable and many critical facilities are only equipped with minimal backup power capabilities.

Using a Healthcare and Higher Education Group (HHEG) case study, this session will explore the idea of combining resiliency with grid resource planning to create a leaner power grid. It will provide a holistic approach to resource planning and demonstrate the benefits which include lower capital cost requirements, increased security, incentives, and innovative rate-making.


Jessi Bienert
, Project Manager, Bernhard TME

John W. Reed PE, CEM, Electrical Engineer, Bernhard TME

4:00 pm

End of Conference Day 1

UPDATE: Due to a last minute critical issue, Don Doyle, Member of Technical Staff Critical Facilities Engineering, T-Mobile, is unable to speak at his original time slot. We are delighted to announce that he will still be able to attend the conference. He will now be presenting on Wednesday September 13, 4:45pm-5:15pm.

Disclaimer: Smarter Shows reserves the right to amend speakers, topics and scheduling at any time. This website is updated regularly to reflect such changes.

Day 2 - Wednesday September 13

9:55 am

Whether you are planning to invest in a new critical power system or looking to replace parts within an existing system, there are several factors that drive the specification process. Cost, reliability and the application are key to the decision-making process. The second day of the Buyers Forum @ Critical Power Expo will evaluate existing and new technologies for each component of the critical power system, from power conversion systems to distribution units to help you, the buyer, stay up to date and specify the right equipment for your facility, within your budget.

Expect case studies by equipment manufacturers and engineers outlining specific applications using these new technologies, comparisons of legacy systems with the new systems, and evaluate the efficiencies, reliability and total ownership cost savings and payback between them. Topics to be addressed in each component category:

  • Technology update: 
    • What new technology is available in the marketplace and what is their capacity/capability?
    • How to use this new technology while maintaining five 9’s reliability? 
  • Cost modelling:
    • Outlining ROI, TCO, CAPEX, OPEX of power system components
    • What is the most reliable/cost efficient solution for uninterruptible power?
    • How can their energy efficiency be improved?
  • Scalability/modularity/retrofitting: 
    • How can the technology be scaled?
    • How does it fit into existing infrastructure? 

Opening Remarks

Joseph Gottlieb, CTO & Director, Rhombus Energy

10:00 am

Forecasting the Impact of the Internet of Things on Critical Power Systems

The global trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving the use of big data in many industries. A recent report by McKinsey indicates this market has the potential to generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025. In healthcare for example, IoT is driving innovations enabling real time patient care and remote monitoring. This market alone is expected to grow by $136.8 billion with CAGR 12.5% forecast by 2021. As such, data becomes a critical part of many facilities and ensuring its safekeeping and capture requires IT infrastructures which will be supported by critical power components. Similarly, IoT offers opportunities for implementation in the critical power system itself in that they enable automated and remote monitoring, commissioning and improving efficiencies. This keynote will explore the impact of the Internet of Things on critical power systems in terms of the trends, challenges and possibilities it offers for critical power system component capabilities, as well as the increased need for critical power systems to support the growth of IoT technology.

Managing the Challenges of a Highly Connected IoT Environment

Daniel McGinn, Director of Business Development, Schneider Electric

10:30 am

Evaluating Technology for Power Quality Control

Whether it is a high, medium or low voltage application, power quality is paramount to keep the application running. The aging grid infrastructure and increased implementation of renewable sources can impact the frequency of the current, which can cause brownouts and outages that put your organization at risk. Implementing power quality control systems and switchgear technology to control power quality is paramount to creating a robust system. This session will evaluate key challenges in choosing a solution for your application and offers insights on making the most of the following power quality control technology.

Examining Grid Power Quality Issues, Critical Loads and Innovative Power Converter Solutions
Anil Tuladhar, VP of Engineering, Rhombus Energy

Reviewing the Implementation of Smart Switchgear Systems for Improved Reliability
Nic DiFonzo, Automation Engineer, G&W Electric

Assuring Power Quality of Clean Power for the Development of the Digital Economy
Daniel Rixhon, Senior VP Sales & Business Development, CE+T America

Extending Battery Life with Supercapacitor Technology
Ramdev Kanapady, Technology Development Leader, Eaton

11:45 am


12:00 pm

Examining the Latest Advances in Back-up Power Solutions: Generators, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage

The size of your facility and the power load required by the critical applications drive the specification of the type of backup power generation that will be implemented on the site. Advances in fuel sources such as hydrogen, natural gas and renewables have increased the options available on the market for backup power generation. Fuel cells, generators and energy storage are the focus of this session as suppliers will evaluate key considerations for choosing one solution over another by cost modelling comparisons of legacy systems with new systems, and evaluate the efficiencies, reliability, fuel availability and total ownership cost savings and payback between them.

Rick Burant, VP of Sales, Major Accounts, Altergy Systems

Evaluating Onsite Power Generation Solutions for Today’s Challenges: Increasing resiliency as a critical power system solution while adding economic benefits

Justin Sullivan, Senior Vice President, GE Capital Industrial Finance Solutions
Eduardo Alcorta, Senior Business Development Leader, GE Distributed Power

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Versus Traditional Power Sources for Critical Systems: Cost, Install, Maintenance and Daily Use Comparisons

Robert L. Mount, President & CEO, Power Innovations International Inc

1:00 pm


1:30 pm

Reducing Risk and Impact of Downtime in the 21st Century App Economy: Design, Build and Commissioning Best Practice of Mega Data Centers

The Data center world is yet it’s in its infancy. Applications such as AI, cloud and many others shall exponentially need more power, intense cooling, higher security and reliable MEP systems. The stock market continues to shatter all-time records and hence the financial impact of outages. Average cost of data center downtime is ~ $ 9,000/ minute. This figure will much increase as businesses and consumers rely more on higher density data centers. Downtime is unavoidable and manageable, it can be effectively minimized by simple design.

This presentation will review the lessons learned, best practices and ways to best manage by design, build and Commissioning experiences of mega data centers globally for the Fortune 50 firms.

What does downtime mean for 21st century app economy and how can data center operators reduce risk and impact?

  1. Designing for Failure
  2. Examples of High Impact Outages
  3. The Unforgettable Application
  4. Q&A

Mahmood Akhter, Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers Inc

2:00 pm

Analyzing Lessons Learned from UPS and Generator Incompatibility for Component Synchronisation

UPSs and generators play a major role in any critical power system. The connection between these two components is sensitive because none of them generates pure sine wave voltage. Incompatibility between the UPS and generator is a major challenge. To understand the magnitude of potential problems between the generator and UPS, we need to realize that IT devices have a requirement that the slew rate should not exceed 0.5 hertz/second. However, slew rates of 10-15 hertz/second, for short time periods, are normal for many generators. This presentation will address the following issues:

  • Outlining UPS and generator incompatibility
  • Introducing solutions

Duraid AlJailawi PhD, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP O+M, Accredited Tier Designer, Manager of Critical Environments, CBRE Limited | Global Workplace Solutions IO Property and Land Management Services

2:30 pm

In the Loop: Understanding Cost and Operational Benefits of Electrical Distribution Systems

Many institutions are capitalizing on the benefits of district energy systems for chilled water, heating water, and steam, but few have leveraged the advantages of electrical distribution systems. This session will present a case study of Columbus Regional Healthcare System’s four step project to upgrade normal power and essential distribution systems for its main campus and an adjacent hospital. The project included the addition of a generator plant that provides 100% backup power and negotiation of lower utility rates. The presentation will discuss the benefits of electrical distribution systems in terms of capital renewal and deferred maintenance, operations and maintenance, system flexibility and reliability, and utility cost savings.

John Blissett PE, LEED AP, Electrical Engineer, Bernhard Energy

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Showcasing UPS Technology Trends

UPS technology is a critical component within a mission critical facility, large or small. It ensures a continuous power current between the switch from the main to the backup power source. Advances in battery chemistries, increased energy efficiencies, scalability are all driving the commoditization of this technology. Static and dynamic UPS solutions are available on the market and their suitability depends on the requirements of the critical applications requiring uptime. This session will feature case studies of static and dynamic UPS projects as well as reviews of technology trends, cost modelling and implementation.

David Johnson, Director of Business Development, Hitec Power Protection, Inc.

Batteries: Is Now the Time for Lithium-Ion in Critical Power Applications?

Jerry Hoffman, President, LiiON
Thomas McKinney, Director Data Center Development, Forsythe/T5 Major

Reviewing Battery-Free UPS Design

Mike Sheppard, Regional Sales Manager - Midwest & Canada, Piller Power Systems

Analyzing Strategies for UPS Cost Optimization

Mike Chmura, UPS Sales Manager, Ametek Powervar

Reviewing modular UPS solutions in Datacenter Applications for High Availability and Scalability

Jeff Wittman, Power Systems Engineer, ABB

4:45 pm

Reviewing T-Mobile Data Center Power Distribution and Cooling Methods

  • Minimized power conversions
    • IT power loss reduced from 11.6% to 5.0%
    • 32kW nominal per cabinet @2n
    • 30% cabinet count increase
    • 30% capital reduction
    • Two orders of magnitude reliability increase
    • Plug-n-play installation, maintenance and growth
  • Cooling systems
    • No hot spots
    • No fluid dynamics studies
    • No air-flow issues
    • No water systems, no evaporation
    • 1.3mPUE on compressors, 1.1mPUE with economizers

Don Doyle, Member of Technical Staff Critical Facilities Engineering, T-Mobile

5:15 pm

End of Conference Day 2

UPDATE: Due to a last minute critical issue, Don Doyle, Member of Technical Staff Critical Facilities Engineering, T-Mobile, is unable to speak at his original time slot. We are delighted to announce that he will still be able to attend the conference. He will now be presenting on Wednesday September 13, 4:45pm-5:15pm.

Disclaimer: Smarter Shows reserves the right to amend speakers, topics and scheduling at any time. This website is updated regularly to reflect such changes.

Day 3 - Thursday September 14

10:00 am

Panel Discussion: Examining Commissioning Best Practices to Optimize Maintenance and Uptime of Critical Facilities

Regular testing and commissioning of UPSs, generators and all other components in critical power systems, is key to all critical infrastructure. Insufficient commissioning and testing of components can be risky as it could cause downtime, liability, inefficiency, lost revenue, and even loss of life. However, due to time and budget constraints, equipment often isn’t looked at after installation. Additionally, maintenance can be complex as critical applications require uptime and cannot be switched off. This panel discussion will address risks of insufficient testing of system components, outline appropriate processes for equipment commissioning and provide best practices on executing preventive maintenance and routine testing without switching off the system. The following questions will be put to the panel:

  • Cx: What was your best and worst experience with commissioning?
  • Cx: When should a commissioning agent get involved with the project?
  • Cx: There are a lot of certifications for commissioning, what are the best qualifications for Commissioning Agent to have?  
  • Cx: Have you seen a financial benefit to commissioning? If so what? 
  • Testing: Which piece of equipment is the most important to test and why? 
  • Testing: Is it better to functional test equipment at the factory or at the site or both? 
  • Testing: Should the commissioning agent just focus on Level 4 and Level 5 testing? Or is Level 2&3 where testing should start? 
    • Level 2 (Factory Testing)
    • Level 3 (start-up testing)
    • Level 4 Functional test  
    • Level 5 Integrated system testing
  • What data is important to capture during commissioning?
  • Have you used any fault detection and diagnostics software like "sky spark"? 
  • How do you use it and has it been beneficial?
  • How early do you bring in your Operations & Maintenance staff? 
  • How is the commissioning data used in the operation of your facility? 
  • How are you tracking energy use? 

David Meyers AIA, PMP, CxA, National Manager of Commissioning, Burns & McDonnell
Wayne Beierman, Senior Facility & Commissioning Engineer, Sebesta Blomberg/NV5
John Lutz, Director, Mission Critical Services, Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP
Anil Tuladhar, VP of Engineering, Rhombus Energy

11:15 am


11:30 am

Reviewing Critical Power Systems Electrical Commissioning Tests

Wayne Beierman, Senior Facility & Commissioning Engineer, Sebesta Blomberg/NV5

12:00 pm

Reviewing Arc Flash Studies to Ensure Code Compliance and Implement Technology for Mitigation

Arc flash studies have never been more important in society than today. Hospitals, Data Centers and many more applications all typically need to perform energized electrical work, but can’t compromise the safety of their workers. Arc Flash studies can be complicated, lengthy and difficult to understand. This presentation will review a study performed for a St. Louis hospital comprised of over 900 pieces of electrical equipment. It will identify key topics to help operations teams validate study results and understand how to implement into everyday operations. It will discuss changes in recent electrical codes and lastly, the presentation will discuss (generically) different technologies used to mitigate the potential for arc flash.

Brian Scott PE, Principal - Electrical Engr. Dept. Mgr., SSC Engineering, Inc

12:30 pm


1:15 pm

Implementing Remote and Automated Monitoring to Reduce Maintenance Costs

Whether you oversee a large or small facility, monitoring critical infrastructures can be costly and time consuming when done manually. Often, due to budget constraints, components in critical power systems are replaced on a ‘fix it when it breaks’-basis. The Internet of Things creates the opportunity to automate this process through building automation system (BAS), building management system (BMS), and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems and remotely monitor the maintenance status of, for example, the batteries in the UPS, amongst other things. In fact, a recent report has estimated that the market size for the Internet of Things (IoT) operating systems is expected to grow from USD 289.2 Million in 2017 to USD 1,721.3 Million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 42.9%.

Large power infrastructure pieces, such as paralleling switch gear, UPSs and generators are often supplied with their own device specific interfaces. However, implementation of turnkey solutions is complex and can be costly in its own way. This session will review key considerations for implementation of remote and automated monitoring systems for critical power systems from component level solutions such as battery monitoring systems to larger, facility wide, solutions such as building monitoring systems and will address the following questions:

  • Key challenges and considerations for implementation of remote and automated monitoring systems
  • What efforts are being undertaken to create open source management systems?
  • How to monitor infrastructure once its put in?
  • How to develop dashboard tool to accurately monitoring this equipment?
  • How to keep it secure and up to date?

Brian Wezensky, Data Center Engineer, Henry Ford Health System

How Battery management System Communications Impact Behind the Meter Energy Storage
Michael Worry, Chief Executive Officer, Nuvation Energy

Reviewing the Impact of Industrial Internet of Things on Remote Battery Monitoring
Alan Greene, President, EnCharge Power Systems

Implementing Remote and Automated Monitoring to Reduce Maintenance Costs
Jesus Davila, Operations Manager, RMS Energy Co LLC

2:30 pm

End of Conference Day 3

UPDATE: Due to a last minute critical issue, Don Doyle, Member of Technical Staff Critical Facilities Engineering, T-Mobile, is unable to speak at his original time slot. We are delighted to announce that he will still be able to attend the conference. He will now be presenting on Wednesday September 13, 4:45pm-5:15pm.

Disclaimer: Smarter Shows reserves the right to amend speakers, topics and scheduling at any time. This website is updated regularly to reflect such changes.