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Don Hammerstrom

Don Hammerstrom

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Don Hammerstrom is a senior research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he has worked for 10 years. Earlier, he developed microelectromechanical systems, aerosol collectors, and power electronic converters. More recently, he has become nationally known for his leadership of Smart Grid field demonstrations and development of innovative methods to control distributed power grid assets. From 2004 through 2007, Mr. Hammerstrom led U.S. Department of Energy GridWise® field demonstrations, including the Grid Friendly™ Appliance and Olympic Peninsula projects. Presently, Don is Principal Investigator for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration.

Research Interests

  • Smart Grid field demonstrations
  • Development of autonomous controllers, Grid Friendly Appliance controls
  • Simple, demand-response interfaces to appliances
  • Demand response
  • Microfabrication
  • Power conversion
  • Power electronic power conversion
  • Power systems
  • Transactive, price-based control of energy systems
  • Sensors, electronics
  • Embedded digital control
  • Simulation
  • Product development, commercialization

Education and Credentials

  • 1994 Montana State University, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
  • 1991 Montana State University, MS Electrical Engineering
  • 1984 Eastern Montana College, BS Secondary Chemistry and Mathematics Education
  • 1982 St. Olaf College, BA Chemistry

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications




  • Kondoh J, N Lu, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2011. "An Evaluation of the Water Heater Load Potential for Providing Regulation Service ." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 26(3):1309-1316.  doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2010.2090909


  • Hammerstrom DJ. 2010. "Results of the Grid Friendly Appliance Project." In 18th National Energy Services Conference.  Association of Energy Services Professionals, Phoenix, AZ. 
  • Melton RB, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2010. "Getting Grid Smart in the United States' Pacific Northwest." Metering International 3(online):,
  • Hammerstrom DJ, TV Oliver, RB Melton, and R Ambrosio. 2010. "Standardization of a Hierarchical Transactive Control System." In Grid Interop 2009 Conference, November 17-19, 2009, Denver, CO.  GridWise Architecture Council, Richland, WA. 
  • Huang P, J Kalagnanam, R Natarajan, M Sharma, R Ambrosio, DJ Hammerstrom, and RB Melton. 2010. "Analytics and Transactive Control Design for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project." In Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), October 4-6, 2010, Gaithersburg, Maryland, pp. 449-454.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/SMARTGRID.2010.5622083


  • Hammerstrom DJ. 2009. "PinBus Interface for Interoperable, Grid-Responsive Devices." In Grid-Interop Forum 2009.  Gridwise, Richland, WA. 
  • Lu N, DJ Hammerstrom, and SN Patrick. 2009. Grid FriendlyTM Device Model Development and SimulationPNNL-18998, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • DeSteese JG, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2009. Resource Form Factor and Installation of GFA ControllersPNNL-18966, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Hammerstrom DJ, and C Sastry. 2009. Progress toward Producing Demand-Response-Ready AppliancesPNNL-19075, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Hammerstrom DJ, JD Adgerson, C Sastry, RM Pratt, and RG Pratt. 2009. PinBus Interface DesignPNNL-19001, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Makarov YV, B Yang, JG DeSteese, P Nyeng, CH Miller, J Ma, S Lu, VV Viswanathan, DJ Hammerstrom, B McManus, J Pease, C Loutan, and GR RosenBlum. 2009. "Wide-Area Energy Storage and Management System to Balance Intermittent Resources in the Bonneville Power Administration and California ISO Control Areas." In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems, October 14-15, 2009, Bremen, Germany, ed. U Betancourt and T Ackermann.  Energynautics GmbH, Langen, Germany. 



  • Hammerstrom DJ, J Brous, DP Chassin, GR Horst, R Kajfasz, P Michie, TV Oliver, TA Carlon, C Eustis, OM Jarvegren, W Marek, RL Munson, and RG Pratt. 2007. Pacific Northwest GridWise™ Testbed Demonstration Projects; Part II. Grid Friendly™ Appliance Project PNNL-17079, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Hammerstrom DJ. 2007. "AC versus DC distribution systems- Did we get it right?" In IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, 2007., pp. 3997-4001  Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2007.386130
  • Hammerstrom DJ, N Zhou, and N Lu. 2007. "Controller Design of Power Quality-Improving Appliances." In 2007 IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, pp. 1164-1169.  IEEE , Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PESC.2007.4342157
  • Hammerstrom DJ, N Zhou, and N Lu. 2007. "Controller Design of Power Quality-Improving Appliances." In IEEE 38th Annual Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC 2007), June 17-21, 2007, Orlando, Florida, pp. 1164-1169.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PESC.2007.4342157
  • Huang Z, B Lesieutre, S Yang, A Ellis, A Meklin, B Wong, A Gaikwad, D Brooks, DJ Hammerstrom, J Phillips, D Kosterev, M Hoffman, O Ciniglio, R Hartwell, P Pourbeik, A Maitra, and N Lu. 2007. Load Monitoring CEC/LMTF Load Research ProgramPNNL-17110, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Hammerstrom DJ, and JM Gephart. 2006. "Smart Technology Brings Power to the People." Power Engineering International 14(10):45-46. 
  • Lu N, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2006. "Design Considerations for Frequency Responsive Grid Friendly Appliances." In 2005/2006 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exhibition, 21-24 May 2006, Dallas, TX, USA, pp. 647-652.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ. 
  • Hammerstrom DJ, RT Guttromson, N Lu, PA Boyd, D Trudnowski, DP Chassin, CA Bonebrake, and JM Shaw. 2006. Detection of Periodic Beacon Loads in Electrical Distribution Substation DataPNNL-15854, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Katipamula S, DP Chassin, DD Hatley, RG Pratt, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2006. Transactive Controls: A Market-Based GridWiseTM Controls for Building SystemsPNNL-15921, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 



  • Martin PM, DW Matson, WD Bennett, Y Lin, and DJ Hammerstrom. 1999. "Laminated Plastic Microfluidic Components for Biological and Chemical Systems." Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A--Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 17(4):2264-2269. 


  • Matson DW, PM Martin, WD Bennett, DE Kurath, Y Lin, and DJ Hammerstrom. 1998. "Fabrication Processes for Polymer-Based Microfluidic Analytical Devices." In Micro total analysis systems '98: proceedings of the [Mu] TAS '98 Workshop, held in Banff, Canada, 13-16 October 1998, ed. DJ Harrison & A Van den Berg, pp. 371-374.  Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, Netherlands. 

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