Speaker Presentation:  Sean Mitchem

Southwest Research Institute
Smart Energy Technologies


Sean is an experienced system engineer, computer scientist, energy scientist, and project manager who has a diverse background in software development within many operational domains, including strategic command and control, air traffic control, healthcare systems, nuclear waste management, and smart grid energy systems. His two primary focus areas at this time are energy storage systems integration for grid-level energy storage and control, and cyber security of the smart grid. Sean’s work in the energy sector includes development of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery technology, economic analysis of dynamic line rating technology for high-power transmission lines, and integration of electric vehicles as energy storage devices within a microgrid. Sean served as Lead EVSE Investigator for EV integration on the SPIDERS Phase II program at Fort Carson, Colorado, and developed the aggregation system that integrates the EV fleet into Fort Carson’s SPIDERS microgrid.

“Electric Vehicles in a Smart Energy Future”


TIME:  11:30 AM – NOON


As the electric vehicle market continues to grow we are seeing them in many different settings. EVs are becoming more commonplace in the driveway, in commercial/industrial fleets, and even in the military. One of the key considerations in EV purchases is their ability to provide secondary revenue when they are not being used for transportation. These vehicles are being used in peak shaving and demand reduction programs to reduce energy costs and preserve grid generation resources. The grid integration of energy storage from a fleet of vehicles that may have a combination of standard and non-standard usage patterns presents unique challenges that are not as easily solved. Programs such as the Department of Defense (DOD) Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) are attempting to solve the challenge of fleet management for supplemental grid energy storage through the development of aggregation control algorithms that balance vehicle energy needs with grid energy storage needs. Within the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Fast Response Regulation Service pilot, electric vehicles were successfully utilized to provide frequency regulation services during their normal charge times. Utilizing newly emerging standards and developing innovative power management technology, electric vehicle aggregation is moving from science fiction to reality.

This presentation, given by the lead engineer for these two projects, will provide the listener with the general concepts of aggregation systems for Vehicle-to-Grid/Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G/G2V) applications, insights into these two actual deployments of aggregated electric vehicle fleets that are supporting grid services in addition to their normal transportation roles, and thoughts into the future for V2G.