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George Hernandez

George Hernandez

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


George joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2009 and works in the Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings division. He is a Technical Advisor and senior demand-side management professional. He co-authored the “High Performance RTU Challenge,” “Buildings Performance Database, the Low Cost Wireless Metering Challenge,” “Energy Information Handbook,” “Portable Sensor Suitcase,” “Open Source Small Building Control System,” and “Transactional Network” project. He has championed development and commercialization of an open source software platform called VOLTTRON™, used to deploy transactional control strategies for buildings-to-grid integration. As part of the commercialization effort, VOLTTRON was migrated to the Eclipse Foundation as an open source project and is now know as Eclipse VOLTTRON. Most recently, performing as Co-PI for Grid Modernization Lab Consortium residential RDS project. He has extensive knowledge, skills, and capabilities derived from a substantial career in demand-side utility management across a wide variety of commercial and industrial sectors and utilities as both a corporate employee and an independent consultant. George received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer by the State of California.

Education and Credentials

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State University

PNNL Publications


  • Katipamula S., K. Gowri, and G. Hernandez. 2017. "An Open-Source Automated Continuous Condition-Based Maintenance Platform for Commercial Buildings." Science and Technology for the Built Environment 23, no. 4:546-556. PNNL-SA-114134. doi:10.1080/23744731.2016.1218236


  • Katipamula S., J.N. Haack, G. Hernandez, B.A. Akyol, and J. Hagerman. 2016. "VOLTTRON: An Open-Source Software Platform of the Future." IEEE Electrification Magazine 4, no. 4:15-22. PNNL-SA-120709. doi:10.1109/MELE.2016.2614178
  • Katipamula S., R.G. Lutes, G. Hernandez, J.N. Haack, and B.A. Akyol. 2016. "Transactional Network: Improving Efficiency and Enabling Grid Services for Building." Science and Technology for the Built Environment 22, no. 6:643-654. PNNL-SA-105816. doi:10.1080/23744731.2016.1171628


  • Akyol B.A., J.N. Haack, B.J. Carpenter, S. Katipamula, R.G. Lutes, and G. Hernandez. 2015. Transaction-Based Building Controls Framework, Volume 2: Platform Descriptive Model and Requirements. PNNL-24395. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Transaction-Based Building Controls Framework, Volume 2: Platform Descriptive Model and Requirements
  • Akyol B.A., J.N. Haack, G. Hernandez, S. Katipamula, and S.E. Widergren. 2015. "Transaction-Based Controls for Building-Grid Integration: VOLTTRON." Electroindustry 20, no. 7:11-13. PNNL-SA-110777.

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