Solar 2021

Modeling & Scaling Track: Grid Scale via Modeling Tools

Session Moderator: James Stalker

Modern grids are becoming increasingly complicated from the generation, storage and use aspects. Thus it is increasingly important to understand how to optimize these complex systems locally, nationally and globally. With the increased importance of electric vehicles and buildings the situation becomes even more complex. It is necessary to have operative models for grid optimization and the interconnection of components across grid units. Such modeling enables more efficient utilization of existing infrastructures and the optimization of future grids.

Speaker Order:

1. Richard Wilk

2. Jesse Duroha

3. Brock Mosovsky

4. Brooke Stanislawski

5. Jill Cliburn

6. Nir Krakauer

7. James Stalker


Aug 04 2021


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm


East Ballroom


  • Brock Mosovsky
    Brock Mosovsky
    VP of Analytics at

    Brock Mosovsky has more than twelve years of experience developing, validating, and maintaining analytical models, with an emphasis on energy risk management, market analysis, and renewable energy valuation. He has worked with some of the country’s largest utilities and independent power producers to help forecast value and mitigate risk for their diverse portfolios of physical and financial assets. Brock holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for study in the Netherlands.
    Presentation Title: Risk Management and Procurement Strategies for Solar-Heavy Portfolio

    Presentation Description: Utilities, community choice aggregators, independent power producers, and even corporations are all looking to participate in the “energy transition” by signing solar PPAs or purchasing assets. However, many of these organizations are still clinging to outdated portfolio and risk management practices developed for an electricity grid dominated by dispatchable thermal generation. Growing a portfolio heavy in intermittent renewable generation requires new analytical modeling techniques; once contracts are signed, little can be done to reposition the portfolio for long-term success. The time to change the analytical approach to solar energy procurement is now.

  • Brooke Stanislawski
    Brooke Stanislawski
    Ph.D. Student at University of Utah

    Brooke Stanislawski is a Ph.D. student working in Dr. Marc Calaf’s Wind Energy & Turbulence Lab at the University of Utah. She studies the interaction between utility-scale solar farms and atmospheric flow in an effort to increase PV module efficiency in support of the DOE SunShot Initiative. Originally from Southern California, Brooke received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University before working as a design engineer at Siemens Energy, Inc in Orlando, FL and Charlotte, NC. She loves spending time outside playing ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, backpacking, hiking, biking, climbing, and camping.
    Presentation Title: The impact of arrangement on solar photovoltaic module temperatures and utility-scale power output

    Presentation Description: Our work proposes low-cost cooling solutions for utility-scale PV plants that reduce PV module operating temperatures and boost power output by modifying the solar farm arrangement. Funded by the US Department of Energy, these solutions represent one of the strategies needed to achieve the 2030 SunShot goals of reducing the levelized cost of energy of solar PV, the most important factor in the future deployment of solar energy.

  • James Stalker
    James Stalker
    President & CEO at RESPR

    I am a high-tech entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the renewable energy sector (wind and solar energy). I developed a cutting-edge numerical modeling method now known as the Stalker method for CFD/NWP modeling. This method has been implemented into a simulation platform at my small business, RESPR. Using the RESPR platform, my business is able to simulate wind and solar radiation and a host of other atmospheric variables (e.g., temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation) for global application. The RESPR platform is applied for all three modes of hindcasting, nowcasting, and forecasting globally.
    Presentation Title: The Stalker Method for CFD/NWP Modeling Approach for Solar Energy

    Presentation Description: For the solar energy adoption to accelerate globally, individuals and organizations have resorted to many different ways such as government incentives, reduced PV panel costs, increased energy conversion efficiency, etc. Such ways have proven to be effective, but a more important factor for the global acceleration is our ability to accurately and quantitatively understand the available solar resource for the past and future periods. The over reliance on the state variables by the current science without accounting for the underlying physical processes is the real bottleneck to this elevated understanding and this presentation is about shedding light on the deficiency.

  • Jesse Duroha
    Jesse Duroha
    University of Rhode Island

    Jesse C. Duroha is a Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at The University of Rhode Island in the Sustainable Innovative Solutions (SIS) Lab. His research explores the impact of ergonomics in the solar industry, in order to sustain its growth through a healthy and sustainable workforce. Jesse’s background spans being a Data Analyst for the URI Office of Sustainability and a Production Supervisor at Edward Marc Brands, with degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (B.S.), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (M.S.) at West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

    Presentation Title: Quality Assurance and Metrics Associated with Solar Farm Production

    Presentation Description: There is a need for standardized procedures to assess large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems’ quality and reliability. Inaccurate projections of large-scale PV systems’ production capabilities can result in unreliable projections of cost and return on investment (ROI). This can reduce customer satisfaction and lead to a loss of revenue and growth for PV companies. This research presents an algorithm capable of detecting anomalies in production and the system’s variables that significantly contribute to these errors, thereby improving large-scale PV systems’ quality and reliability.

  • Jill Cliburn
    Jill Cliburn
    Cliburn and Associates, LLC

    Jill K. Cliburn has a long history of bringing renewable energy and distributed energy resources into cost- effective and widespread use, working with utilities, community groups and trade allies. In recent years, she led the Community Solar Value Project, aimed at increasing the value of community-scale solar and solar-plus. She also has led efforts to increase diversity and access to solar. Jill is an ASES Fellow and recent board member. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

    Presentation Title: Why Solar-Plus Storage Innovation Matters in Rural America

    Presentation Description: A map of communities served by electric cooperatives nationwide identifies what is commonly called the American Heartland. A national renewable energy transformation must, by definition, include them, providing solutions that work for their co-op business structures and community values. There have been numerous energy innovations in rural America (for example, smart meter technology, and in fact, many early solar developments). Now work on grid modernization using solar and storage is taking hold. SPECs is proud to be part of this work fostering innovation, and we wish to engage on the topic with the ASES audience.

  • Nir Krakauer
    Nir Krakauer
    City College of New York

    Dr. Nir Krakauer earned a master’s and doctorate in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology and is currently Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York. His research focuses on water management under a changing climate, as well as on the interaction of climate with health and with renewable energy. He has worked with local, state and Federal agencies and with in several developing countries on water issues. He is an ASES Life Member and currently serves as Technical Divisions chair.

    Presentation Title: Solar and wind resources during heat extremes

    Presentation Description: As solar and wind resources become more integral to energy supplies, understanding and managing their variability during demand spikes that raise prices and strain power grids becomes more important. Heat waves, particularly when accompanied by high humidity, are such events, when lack of reliable and affordable power could lead to mass deaths. In this presentation, I will draw on improved datasets of past weather to evaluate patterns in renewable resource availability during such extreme weather events and consider possible implications for those operating or relying on renewable generation.

  • Richard Wilk
    Richard Wilk
    Union College

    Richard Wilk is an ASES member and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He teaches courses in the thermal fluid sciences and solar energy analysis and design. He and his research students conduct experimental and computational research in the area of reflector enhancement of solar PV and thermal modules, passive cooling of PV and thermal energy storage.
    Presentation Title: A Study of Reflector-Enhanced Bifacial PV

    Presentation Description: This work adds to and complements the current body of knowledge on bifacial solar with respect to technical factors that may have an impact on performance.

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