Michael Bolen

Senior Project Manager, Renewables

Dr. Michael Bolen is a Senior Project Manager in the Renewables program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He currently manages EPRI’s Solar Generation program, which focuses on solar technology – including hardware and software – and lifecycle best practices for large-scale plants – including design, commissioning, operations, maintenance, and end-of-life. Prior to joining EPRI Dr. Bolen was a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (a.k.a., SunShot Initiative). He helped: develop strategy; write funding opportunities; and select, negotiate, and manage awards. He advised over 30 solar hardware projects totaling over $200 million in federal funds awarded to universities, national labs, start-ups, consortia, and established domestic solar companies. Previously, Dr. Bolen was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he researched novel, low-cost techniques to make crystalline silicon solar cells on metal foils and methods to increase their electrical performance. Dr. Bolen received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and M.B.A. from Purdue University in 2010.


May 7, 2019

10:00  -  11:00


106: Data – From Fuel to Function

Data has become the key ingredient to almost all software solutions used to analyze and optimize assets and operations in the electric power industry. Assembling extensive, quality data sets is an art and necessary for artificial intelligence. AI is poised to be critical in developing and operating the Integrated Grid and its combination of centralized … Continued

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