Technical Tours

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Tour registration is done as part of the general conference registration. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a tour, please go to the main registration page, select "Click here to register", select "Access or update your account", then select Delegate > Modify Selections". If a tour has reached its capacity, you will be placed on a wait list if so desired through this registration process.

 

Eversource Energy Operation Control Center

Date: Monday, July 18, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Leave Hotel: 2:30pm
Tour Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: 1165 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester MA
Anticipated travel time: 15 min

The Electric System Operations Control Center monitors and controls the transmission and distribution system for approximately 1.3 million customers for the eastern territory of Eversource Energy.
Attendees will her a brief overview of the operations, IT systems in use, and physically tour the center.

Note: The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 2:30PM. The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 4:30PM.
Please bring a photo ID.

Maximum: 30 Guests
Attendees must present a valid drivers license.

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Exelon – Mystic Generating Plant

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Leave Hotel: 8:15am
Tour Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm (Lunch will be served)
Location: 173 Alford Street, Charlestown, MA
Anticipated travel time: 25 min

The Mystic generating facilities in Everett, Massachusetts are a key component of Exelon Generation's power generating portfolio in New England. Located along the Mystic River the station combined output can generate nearly 2,175 megawatts of electricity. The combined units can safely generate enough electricity to meet the needs of nearly 2.1 million homes.

Mystic 8 and 9 are 2-on-1 combined cycle gas turbines, each capable of producing 800 MW.

The two units began commercial operation in April and June 2003. In a combined cycle power plant, a gas turbine generator generates electricity and waste heat is used to make steam to generate additional electricity via a steam turbine. The gas turbine is one of the most efficient for the conversion of gas fuels to mechanical power or electricity.

Mystic 7 is a traditional boiler fired unit that provides steam to a single 577.6 megawatt turbine generator. Mystic 7 can be fueled by either natural gas or #6 fuel oil, depending on market conditions, providing fuel diversity to the New England Region. This is particularly critical during winter months when natural gas is required for home heating.

The Mystic Jet is an 8.6 megawatt oil fueled aero-derivative peaking unit which runs during periods of high demand.

Attendees will get a brief overview of the facility followed by a walking tour of Mystic 8 & 9 and Mystic 7. Expect to walk and climb stairs in a warm/hot environment as the units may be online based upon regional power demand.

Note: The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 8:15AM.
The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 12:45PM.
All attendees must wear 100% cotton or natural fiber clothing, long pants, and rugged, closed-toe shoes.
No skirts, shorts or sleeveless shirts will be permitted. Exelon will provide hard hats, hearing protection and safety glasses. Attendees must present a valid driver's license or gov't ID. Guest list must be provided to Exelon prior to the tour.

Maximum: 20 Guests

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National Grid Owned 1MVA Solar Site with Advanced Inverters

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Leave Hotel: 8:45am
Tour Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: 76 Groton Rd, Shirley, MA
Anticipated travel time: 1 hour

The tour hosts are National Grid and Solectria- PV Inverter manufacturer

The tour will consist of

  • Solar panel visual tour
  • Real-time demonstration/testing of the advanced inverter functions (Volt/VAR control, PF Control, etc)

National Grid is dedicated to being the world's premier network utility. National Grid primarily focuses on delivering energy safely, reliably and efficiently. In the US, National Grid owns and operates electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Through these networks we serve approximately 3.4 million electricity consumers in upstate NY and New England.

Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yaskawa America, Inc., is a leading U.S.-based grid-tied PV inverter manufacturer for residential, commercial & utility-scale solar projects. All of Solectria's three-phase central inverters up to 750 kW are manufactured in Lawrence MA.

Note: No open-toed shoes. Sturdy footwear. No skirts. Safety gears will be provided at the site. The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 8:45AM. The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 12:45PM.
Please bring a photo ID.

Maximum: 30 Guests
Pre-registration required

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MIT Research Reactor

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Leave Hotel: 12:15pm
Tour Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: 138 Albany Street – First Floor Cambridge, MA 02139
Anticipated travel time: 15 minutes

The MIT Reactor is the second largest university nuclear research reactor in the U.S. and the only one located on the campus of a major university. Participants will learn about nuclear fission, the design of the unique 6MW research reactor, nuclear safety, as well as various types of research conducted at the facility. Participants will walk through the facility, around the reactor floor, up to the catwalk, and even down into the control room.

Tour will last approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of questions. Questions encouraged!

At least 24 hours prior to the tour, MIT requires all names of participants, as well as the residential address, date of birth, employer, and job title. Participants must be 18 years or older. All adults must bring a valid government issued photo ID to the tour (foreign nationals must carry passports with valid visas). Anyone who fails to submit information 24 hours prior, or fails to bring valid form of identification the day of the tour will not be permitted to attend.

This is a light industrial facility and safety is a priority. All participants must wear closed toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops). It is recommended that participants do not wear high heels and that any shorts or skirts be at least knee-length. Cameras, mobile phones, bags, backpacks, coats, food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed on the tour. There is a security office that everyone will be able to leave their belongings in for the duration of the tour. There are a couple of sets of stairs that the tour goes up and down, if anyone has an issue with mobility please let us know so that MIT can make accommodations.

Note: The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 12:15PM. The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 3:00PM.
Please bring a photo ID.

Maximum: 30 Guests

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MIT Haystack Observatory

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Leave Hotel: 7:45am
Tour Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 40 Route 40, Westford MA
Anticipated travel time: 55 min

MIT Haystack Observatory occupies 1,300 acres of hilly woodlands in the towns of Groton, Tyngsborough, and Westford, about 40 miles northwest of the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A group of 80-90 scientists, engineers and technical personnel conducts fundamental and applied research using a variety of techniques primarily centered on radio waves. Haystack’s focus areas include radio astronomy, geodesy, interferometry, geospace science, data informatics, and cryosphere studies. Geospace studies at Haystack include research into intense currents and associated electric fields within the coupled ionosphere-magnetosphere system. Knowledge of these physical responses is essential for researchers and operational monitors to better identify and predict ionospheric sources of geomagnetically induced current signatures. More information on the Observatory is available at http://www.haystack.mit.edu.

Attendees will hear a brief overview of Haystack technical and science programs, followed by a walking tour of the newly refurbished 37 meter Haystack radio and radar telescope, correlator area, and the Millstone Hill ionospheric radar (46 and 68 meter antennas) studying space weather. A live radar measurement of Earth's ionosphere will occur during the tour depending on observation schedules and equipment status.

The host will be Phil Erickson, assistant director at Haystack and leader of the geospace science group.

Note: Tour involves some walking; wear comfortable footwear. The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 7:45AM. The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 1:15PM.
Please bring a photo ID.

Maximum: 48 Guests

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Doble Headquarters

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Leave Hotel: 3:30pm
Tour Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: 85 Walnut St, Watertown MA
Anticipated travel time: 30 min

Doble Engineering Company has been helping clients in the electric power industry improve operations and optimize system performance for nearly a century. Visit Doble's Worldwide Headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts to experience a traditional New England style clambake. Before sitting down to dinner, members of the Doble team will take you on a guided tour of the company’s facility, with special highlights including demonstrations at the insulating materials laboratory and high voltage laboratory. Along the way, you’ll see technical demonstrations and hear about case studies, new technology and new approaches to tackling asset management, field force automation and regulatory compliance.

Note: No open toed shoes. The tour attendees must arrive at the bus pick up location at no later than 3:30PM. The tour attendees are expected to arrive back at the conference venue at 7:00PM.
Please bring a photo ID.

New England clambake follows tour 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Maximum: 250 Guests
Pre-registration required

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