The U.S. Dept. of Energy has embarked on an ambitious mission to modernize the electric grid in order to solve the challenges of seamlessly integrating a rapidly changing landscape of power sources and storage capability that are a mix of conventional and renewable, central and distributed. The goal is to deliver a future grid that will deliver resilient, reliable, flexible, secure, sustainable and affordable electricity to consumers where they want it, when they want it, how they want it. Technology is part of the answer, such as using Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) to phase-synchronize renewables as they come on and off the grid. But “scrum” agile project management methodologies also play an important part in accelerating innovation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Mark Buckner leads the Power & Energy Systems Group. Buckner, who is also a Certified Scrum Master, will update attendees on the important work being done at ORNL to modernize the U.S. grid, as well as how scrum methodologies are being brought to bear—not only to advance the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative, but engaging and equipping the generation of innovators through FIRST Robotics and the team he mentors FRC4265 the Secret City Wildbots.
- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ambitious mission to modernize the electric grid
- How Scrum is accelerating innovation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- The DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative and creative solutions
- Equipping a new generation of innovators through FIRST Robotics