via Microgrid Systems Lab
Pennsylvania State University (PSU), a leader in microgrid and energy storage technology, distributed energy systems, and associated workforce training initiatives, has joined forces with Santa Fe Community College, supported by MSL and ProtoGen Energy, to develop the new DESTENI program (Distributed Energy Systems Technical Education Network Initiative). The consortium (convened by MSL) has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education program for its initial funding in 2020, having reached the finalist stage of consideration last year. The goal is to develop a widely replicable and industry validated Distributed Energy Systems Technician training program of curriculum components and certifications that will significantly advance the knowledge and implementation of education and training nationally in these critical emerging energy technologies. DESTENI builds on SFCC’s current work with MSL in this area, including the NM SMART Grid Center new faculty hire, and the “Nanogrid” training facilities on campus. PSU has created a number of related foundational programs, including the Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAMTAC) with ProtoGen, and is the primary research university partner in the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid project and associated GridSTAR education center. Industry experts and organizations such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association will provide input and guidance.