TRB Webinar: Energetic Value: The Design and Economics of Microgrids at Airports

March 20, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
0.00 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 1.00 hour(s)
AICP: 1.50 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 91/Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 137: Microgrids and Their Application for Airports and Public Transit.

The research describes microgrids that airports and public transit agencies can implement to increase the reliability and resilience of their critical infrastructure. A microgrid is described as a collection of controllable loads, on-site energy resources, local energy storage systems, and an overarching control system that is able to operate both in conjunction with, and separately from, the grid. Developments in control technologies have seen advanced microgrid controllers expand microgrid functionality, creating new value streams and revenue opportunities, and increasing microgrid viability to more sectors, including airports. This webinar will describe the benefits, challenges, costs, revenue streams, and ownership structures of microgrids that airports can apply to increase the resilience of their critical infrastructure.

This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Eric Mannarino, Arup
  • Brendan Reed, San Diego International Airport

Moderated by:  Rima Kasia Oueid, U.S. Department of Energy

Webinar Outline

  1. Summary of the current state of microgrids and how they are developed for other sectors
  2. Technical, financial, and regulatory challenges of airport microgrids
  3. Components, operation, and opportunities of airport microgrids
  4. Design, installation challenges, and economics
  5. Case study of microgrid use at an airport
  6. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will able to:

  • Understand microgrids and their application at airports
  • Identify the steps required to evaluate a microgrid at their facility
  • Understand the design and installation challenges for airports
  • Describe a case study of microgrid use at an airport

Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) will provide 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) to accredited airport executives who attend this webinar. Claim CEUs by visiting For questions about AAAE continuing education units, please contact

American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits

This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.  Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session.

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