Alex Brogan is the newest member of the Plug Smart engineering team, and is representing the company at a meeting of Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Directors in September. The U.S. Department of Energy funds 24 such centers, located at universities around the country, which provide energy assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers by request. This helps train engineering students and arms business owners with the knowledge necessary for making energy-related improvements to their operations.
Alex's research took place while she served as lead engineer at the University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center, and was performed under the direction of Dr. Kelly Kissock. She and partner Vijay Gopalakrishnan researched how to maximize energy savings in variable-flow pumping applications, publishing a technical paper entitled "Are Your Variable Speed Pumping Applications Delivering the Predicted Savings? Improving Control to Maximize Results." They concluded that in order to optimize energy savings: 1) bypass flow should be minimized, 2) pressure sensors controlling electronic VFDs should be located near the most remote end-use, and 3) the pressure control setpoint should be minimized. The paper was recently presented for the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry conference in Buffalo.
Alex has completed the Master of Science in Renewable and Clean Energy and is a valuable addition to Plug Smart's professional ranks. Her research will continue through hands-on projects for the company's clients.