Co-Presentation: Paul Sweat and Peter Blume

Paul Sweat

Paul Sweat

National Instruments
Senior Program Manager


Paul Sweat is the Clean Energy & Government Programs Senior Program Manager for the Energy Segment at National Instruments.  In his role, Paul collaborates with industry, universities, the DOE and DOD on clean energy technology projects and funding opportunities.  He works closely with R&D to align NI’s product strategy with industry trends and develops vertical partners to drive the adoption of new technologies.  He also acts as an NI representative in key energy consortiums and is an Advisory Board Member for the EcoTech Institute.  Paul joined NI’s Engineering Leadership Program over 15 years ago.  Since then, he has worked in various roles within NI including Field Applications Engineer, District Sales Manager, Embedded Systems Business Development Manager and Western U.S. Energy Segment Business Development Manager.  Paul graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.


Peter Blume

Bloomy Controls


Peter Blume is President and founder of Bloomy, a leading provider of automated test equipment for battery energy storage systems and components using National Instruments hardware and software. Peter is the author of The LabVIEW Style Book (Prentice Hall, © 2007), the industry standard for LabVIEW development style, and has published technical articles in publications including EE – Evaluation Engineering, EDN, Electronic Design, Desktop Engineering, and Test & Measurement World. Peter’s two-part series titled Power Grid Energy Storage Testing, appeared in EE – Evaluation Engineering’s November 2012 and January 2013 editions. At the Battery Show 2014, Peter was a panelist for the open technology forum’s discussion on The Future of Large-Scale BMS Design. Earlier this year, Peter presented on battery energy storage performance testing at The International Stationary Battery Conference (Battcon 2015) and NIWeek, and Peter presented on Battery Management System testing at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC 2015) and The Battery Show 2015. Peter has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and in 2015 was inducted into UCONN’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

“Energy Storage Performance Testing and DOE Test Scenarios”


TIME:  4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


This presentation describes a very flexible Energy Storage System (ESS) Performance Test System used by DNV GL at the BEST Test and Commercialization Center to perform functional, performance, and application testing of battery energy storage systems. Peter Blume will present some of the challenges with ESS testing, an overview of the test system architecture and the components that comprise the system, as well as recent test scenarios for frequency regulation and unintentional islanding tests performed in support of the US Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Smart Grid Demonstration Program. Paul Sweat of National Instruments will provide a company overview.



  • Bloomy and NI QuickFacts
  • Challenges with ESS testing
  • ESS Test System requirements
  • ESS Test System design
    • Hardware architecture
    • Software architecture
  • Recent test scenarios at BEST Test & Commercialization Center
    • Frequency regulation test
    • Unintentional islanding test
  • Questions and Contact Information