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Charlie Vartanian

Charlie Vartanian

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Charlie Vartanian is a Sr. Technical Advisor in Storage Reliability and Integration, within PNNL’s Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group. His focus is the advancement of reliability and integration of grid connected energy storage systems. Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience deploying advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He has worked previously for Mitsubishi Electric, UET, DNV KEMA, A123 Systems, Enron, the California Energy Commission, and Southern California Edison. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie’s activities spanned traditional T&D planning through R&D. He is a currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547.9 Guide for DER Energy Storage Interconnection working group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Task Force. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC. Charlie is a licensed professional Electrical Engineer.

Research Interests

  • Energy Storage Applications
  • Energy Storage Economics
  • Distributed Energy Resource Grid Impacts and Integration
  • Technical Standards for Advanced Grid Technologies

Education and Credentials

  • BSEE, Cal Poly Pomona
  • PE EE, California

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • IEEE Sr. Member

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