The GreenTech 2016 Committee is pleased to offer the following workshop opportunities for attendees:

Workshop 1 – Residential Battery Storage: The Cornerstone of the Nanogrid and Distributed Power Systems

This workshop will describe the characteristics, fundamentals, and requirements of a nanogrid, an independent power system restricted to a single building or residence.   A nanogrid relies heavily on modern developments in battery storage; consequently, this workshop will include a detailed description of battery storage fundamentals and models, including how batteries’ abilities to quickly store and deliver energy enable an affordable and stable nanogrid.

Antonio Ginart – Workshop 1 Presenter


Antonio Ginart received his B.Sc. and MSc in EE from Simon Bolivar University in 1986 and 1991, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2001. He served as faculty at Simon Bolivar University for over 10 years. He was principal and founder of Intelligent Automation Systems, later acquired by Impact Technologies where he became senior lead engineer developing dynamic degradation models and methods for power devices, and fault-tolerant techniques for extended operation of power controllers in modern power systems. At SolarMax, he was lead R&D engineer in charge of developing solar inverters with innovative topologies and controls aimed to delivering reliable and economical solar energy to the smart grid. Currently, he is principal engineer at SonnenBatterie where he is developing the next generation of grid tied battery storage systems. Dr. Ginart is a senior member of the IEEE and Affiliate Faculty Member in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. He also has acted as principal investigator on several NASA/DOD SBIR grants. His research has led to more than 70 publications and patents.

Workshop 2 – Introduction to the USGBC PEER System

PEER is a certification program that measures and improves power system performance and electricity delivery systems. Through PEER, power grids can gain a competitive advantage by differentiating performance, documenting value produced and demonstrating meaningful outcomes.

PEER evaluates power generation, transmission, and distribution systems across desired outcomes that include efficiency, quality, reliability, resiliency and the environment.

PEER has three different applications that involve professionals across the industry:

  • The development of better standards through partnerships tools and guides to benchmark and continuously improve power grid design, construction and operation
  • Power supply and microgrid performance design, rating, and certification
  • Stakeholder and professional education

Additional information on the PEER program can be found at, and by viewing the video below.

John Kelly – Workshop 2 Presenter

See the Keynote page for biographical information on Mr. Kelly.