The Raleigh Engineers Club (REC) has been in existence since 1926. The club seeks to promote the Engineering field through monthly technical meetings and support of those pursuing a future in the Engineering discipline. We award an annual scholarship to a Raleigh area graduating high school senior to enter the school of engineering at NC State. Our members have a diverse background of engineering disciplines and represent several companies and government agencies located in the Raleigh area.
Annual membership is only $35 per year and the meeting costs are a value with lunch included! Our goal is to provide great programs to its members, offer licensed members an opportunity for continuing education credits, and award a semester of tuition to NC State University. The scholarship goes to a deserving, graduating Raleigh area high school senior choosing engineering as a career at NC State. Membership is available to anyone working in support of the engineering profession. You do not have to be an engineer. Download an application here and bring it and your payment with you to the next meeting or email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get you on the mailing list right away!
The Raleigh Engineers Club has monthly lunch meetings that cover engineering topics of interest to all types of engineers and people interested in engineering activities regardless of discipline. The Raleigh Engineers Club is a NC Board of Registration for Engineers Certified provider of professional development hours (PDH credits) for licensed engineers. Eleven meetings are held annually with one set aside for scholarship awards and updates on successes of engineering graduates from NCSU. So ten professional development hours are provided each year. Note that you do not need to be a licensed engineer or a graduate engineer to be a member! View our Constitution and Bylaws !
Interested in joining our Board of Directors? We are seeking two new board members to help provide direction and recruit speakers for the monthly club meetings. Our board meetings are currently virtual and only require a few hours of your time each year. Membership on our board also qualifies for two PDH hours annually. Please reply to this email if you are interested or want to know more.
2021 Membership Dues - You can pay for your 2021 dues starting today. If you pay your dues now, the remainder of the 2020 webinars are included in addition to our 2021 webinars. The promo code for free webinars is included in your confirmation email of your paid dues. Click on this link to pay now or pay your dues during your registration for the March 15th meeting.
March 15, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Developing Cost-effective and Resilient Microgrids
NCSU's Dr. Ning Lu
The design of cost-effective and resilient microgrids powered by PV and energy storage systems. Microgrid is defined by the DOE as ‘‘a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.” Early microgrids are often times behind-the-meter backup supply systems when the main grid power supply is lost. They are used mainly for supplying critical loads without much considerations on operational cost or earning revenues by providing grid services. Nowadays, a microgrid can connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or island-mode. This technology development is mainly motivated by two emerging needs: the need for integrating distributed energy resources (primarily distributed PV and battery storage systems) and the needs for improving resilience to mitigate the impact of high-impact, low-probability events. In addition, FERC Order No. 2222 (issued in 2020) allows small-scale distributed energy resources to aggregate to participate grid services and earn additional sources of revenue. This is expected to improve the microgrid value proposition and open the door to operating microgrids for providing grid services in both normal and abnormal operation conditions. I am going to introduce in this talk the following topics: motivations and challenges, microgrid configurations, design considerations for microgrid energy and power management, and the integration of microgrid to power distribution system operation.
Dr. Ning Lu is a Professor at the ECE Department of North Carolina State University. Dr. Lu is an IEEE Fellow and has over 25 years of experience in electric power engineering. She received bachelor's degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1993 and Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002. From1993 to1998, she was a power system design engineer with Shenyang Electric Power Bureau. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. Ning Lu was a senior research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Lu's research interests include modeling and analysis of power system load behaviors, energy management systems development, renewable integration, microgrid modeling and control, real-time and faster-than-real-time large-scale co-simulation systems, and meter data analysis. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, and technical reports.
The link to attend the webinar will be emailed after registration on Eventbrite. All 2020 Raleigh Engineers Club members will attend free of charge.
The Raleigh Engineers Club is now accepting applications for the 2021 Raleigh Engineers Club Scholarship. The Club promotes engineering as a profession through monthly technical meetings and support of those pursuing a future in an engineering discipline. The greatest outreach of REC is to annually provide one scholarship during the spring of each year to a Wake County HS Senior who has been accepted into the College of Engineering at NC State University and planning to attend the fall semester of 2021. The scholarship is valued at one semester of tuition at the in-state rate. Money to fund the scholarship is provided by member donations, member employer matching grants and a $500 grant from the NC Society of Engineers. The winner will be selected from a pool of candidates consisting of students, from any Wake County high school, who meet the scholarship criteria and submit a complete application. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 16 at 5 pm. View the two documents here for more details... .