Doug Black

Doug Black

Leader: Grid Integration Group
Leader: Vehicle Grid
Mechanical Engineer 4
(510) 486-7904


Dr. Douglas Black is the Grid Integration Group Leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Doug’s research focuses on microgrid and vehicle-to-grid integration (VGI) demonstration projects. Doug leads a team in developing LBNL’s DER-CAM operations control system for islandable microgrid demonstrations at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area and Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base. Doug also leads VGI demonstration projects at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, a building-scale microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA, and Alameda County municipal buildings.  Doug’s work focuses on optimizing control of VGI implementations while maximizing vehicle and grid function and minimizing overall charging costs for individual and fleet owners of electric vehicles.  Doug studies VGI configurations ranging from managed EV charging and building load control for retail demand response programs to using bi-directional EV charging for frequency regulation in wholesale electricity ancillary services markets. Doug earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  


2023 R&D 100 Award: HEVI-LOAD: A Tool for Projecting Infrastructure Needs for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles -  August 23rd 2023

As the decarbonization of the transportation sector continues, government agencies, transportation planners, private clean energy practitioners, and medium and heavy-duty (MHD) electric vehicle drivers are wondering what kind of infrastructure will be needed and where it will be needed. Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a tool to help answer these and related questions: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – Load Operation and Deployment (HEVI-LOAD). HEVI-LOAD is a software tool that helps predict the needs of MHD electric vehicles. Its projections include requirements for the electric grid and charging infrastructure such as the type, number, and location of charging stations for the state of California and beyond. The data is visualized and presented in a dashboard application that allows the user to view large and small results down to the county level. The tool has been supported by the California Energy Commission and the US Department of Energy, Vehicle Technology Office’s Analysis Program.

Spot: Gerald Robinson, Max Wei, Doug Black, Erin Harbin -  April 26th 2021

For the team's extraordinary efforts in the successful development and submission of the CEC EPIC Mobile Renewable Backup Generation (MORBUGS) proposal.

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