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PV Integration using a Virtual Airgap
Acquiring real-time PV generation data and integrating it into utility and new energy aggregators operations is a critical need for the effective integration of DER into grid operations for flexibility and resilience.
The PV Integration using a Virtual Airgap (PIVA) project aims to accomplish this objective.
Most utilities are reticent to integrate BTM telemetry with control room systems because it violates the ‘airgap’ principle for mission-critical Operations Technology (OT). The ‘Virtual Airgap’ concept is a cloud-based integration layer that decouples PV data collection from OT systems like EMS or ADMS. A ‘Geo-Temporal Stream Analytics’ engine (based on open-source Kafka and Spark technologies) performs semantically aware data validation, transformation, and estimation as part of the integration. This improves usability, reliability, and security by neutralizing the operational impacts of both benign and malicious cyber-risks.
The Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has funded PIVA. This panel, composed of the core team members of this research project, will present and discuss the first year’s progress of the project, including the business and technical requirements for implementing PIVA on a national level.
Attendees will gain insight into the multi-faceted challenges that PIVA is addressing, and an understanding of the approaches being considered and implemented via PIVA for DER integration into operations.

Nov 30, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Cory Mitsui
Electric Distribution Control Center Manager @SDG&E
Cory Mitsui is the Electric Distribution Control Center Manager at San Diego Gas and Electric. His organization manages safe and reliable switching on San Diego’s electric distribution system. Cory is also the business owner for SDG&E’s Advanced Distribution Management System, which tracks all activities on the electric system and provides situational awareness to the impacts of distributed generators. Cory has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership from National University.
John Seuss, Ph.D.
Technology Manager @Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy - US Department of Energy
John Seuss is a Technology Manager for the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) of the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role he oversees federal funding in projects that advance technologies to improve the integration of solar resources to the electric grid, such as distributed controls, adaptive protection systems, and power electronics. He received his bachelors and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2016, and a master’s from the University of Central Florida in 2010. Prior to joining SETO, he worked as a research and development engineer in product development for a medium-voltage switchgear manufacturer and he began his career as a transmission substation protection engineer.
Ismael Mendoza
Senior Researcher @National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Ismael Mendoza is a Senior Researcher for the Grid Automation & Controls Group of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the Department of Energy. His research area focuses on distribution automation and the impact of increased adaptation of distributive generation for power resiliency and reliability. Mr. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Travis Rouillard
Chief Technology Officer @GridBright
Travis Rouillard is the Chief Technology Officer of GridBright. He has over twenty-five years of experience building and deploying utility software solutions. As a consultant, he has led the integration of IT/OT systems at large utilities, small munis, regional transmission operators, trading firms, and retail energy services companies. For most of the last decade, he has specialized in demand response management systems (DRMS) and distributed energy resources management systems (DERMS). He also brings significant expertise in energy markets, settlements, risk management, and analytics. Travis is an industry expert on the technical integration of distributed energy resources into retail and wholesale markets. He has served clients in 5 continents, including long-term international assignments in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.