Research and Professional Experience
Technology Lead and Project Set Lead for a research area titled "Information and Communication Technologies for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Demand Response (DR)" at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Key goals and future states include a flexible distribution system architecture where DER can be included in a variety of system architectures including the enfolding of third party resources and customer-
At the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Delivery and Utilization group, Gale was the Project Manager in EPRI's Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative. This was a 7-
At the Electric Power Research Institute Mr. Horst authored the whitepaper "Concepts to Enable Advancement of Distributed Energy Resources" which has been utilized as a concept guide in several current NIST PAP teams. A shift in approach from designing control systems to a focus on enabling technology utilizing smart grid communications holds a key to a larger door into the smart grid revolution. The expansion of grid technology allows us to consider a focus on motivation in lieu of commands and information as an alternative to control. This whitepaper offers an update to our traditional control-
At the Whirlpool Corporation Research & Engineering Center, Gale Horst was the Energy Focus Leader of the Advanced Concepts and Technology group. In this role he studied various energy management concepts in the utility industry, participated in U.S. DOE discussion groups, and delivered a number of working energy concept prototypes including a total home energy management system, a curtailable appliance prototype, and the Whirlpool residential energy monitoring system. The mission of his group is to identify where Whirlpool technologies can deliver energy management solutions through advanced engineering and electronic technology.
Project Manager for Whirlpool's role in the DOE's "Pacific Northwest GridWise Testbed Initiative": Mr. Horst developed the concept of a Whirlpool Dryer able to interface with load management strategies as a grid reliability resource. He is currently leading the Whirlpool efforts in the Grid Friendly™ Appliance (GFA) initiative to implement energy interfaces in Whirlpool dryer that responds to GFA, curtailment, and real time price signals.
Appliance Energy API: (Concept Initiation) From his work and interfaces with the DOE and PNNL, Mr. Horst created the concept and initial draft of the Whirlpool Appliance Energy Application Programming Interface specification. This interface enables an appliance device to accept and interpret specific energy commands for the purpose of load scheduling, Grid-
Home Energy Monitoring System (Deployed pilot): Based on consumer research involving customer focus groups, Mr. Horst conceived the home energy monitor and led the specification, development, and deployment into a local pilot program (Whirlpool Woodridge Project). The system allows consumers to view their energy by circuit on a 10" color touch-