Killian McKenna

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Personal Profile

Killian McKenna is a member of the Distribution Edge Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center where he leads research into distributed energy resources (DERs), electrical distribution system planning and operation, and demand-side resources. As a principal investigator he has led projects on smart inverters, DER and solar PV integration, lithium-ion and flow battery energy storage, demand-side management, customer modeling, and volt-VAR optimization. His expertise includes modeling and simulation, field data analysis, technoeconomic analysis and laboratory testing of distributed energy resources. He has worked with electric distribution utilities both nationally and internationally, DER start-ups, non-profit research institutions and government agencies. 

Research Interests

Electric distribution network planning and operation for realizing smart grid opportunities

Distributed energy resource performance characterization, control, and optimization

Behind-the-meter customer resources and demand-side management

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin

Bachelor, Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin


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