Alexander Fohey

Senior Manager Microgrids

Alexander Fohey is Senior Manager Microgrids at OATI. He has over 17 years of experience in critical facilities management in the public and private sectors. After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he worked in Facilities Management for the University monitoring and operating building automation systems for critical research, medical, laboratory, and animal care spaces. He also developed disaster response and business continuity plans for the University’s Energy Management department and oversaw the department’s transition to electronic record keeping.

Alexander joined the OATI Facilities team after 5 years at the University. He supported OATI’s growing critical data center infrastructure operations, building automation systems, and physical security compliance. He helped commission OATI’s Microgrid Technology Center, a state-of-the-art microgrid, which showcases cutting-edge technologies, such as Combined Cooling, Heat, and Power (CCHP), Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and wind generation, energy storage, and sophisticated microgrid control and optimization software. In this role, he became a subject matter expert in microgrids and their flexibility and utility for resilient, reliable operation across a wide range of use cases.

Alexander Fohey’s Session(s):

12:15 pm–12:45 pm | Fri, March 31, 2023

The Backup Plan: Breakdowns, Backups, & Disaster Preparedness

EVs and microgrids can serve as powerful tools for community resilience and relief. In the event of a natural disaster, EVs can be used as backup batteries, and mobile charging stations can draw from utility power and battery-stored energy for quick deployment in rural areas, disaster sites, areas experiencing a power outage, and more. This session will delve into using microgrids and EVs as temporary power solutions separate from the larger power grid. 

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