Protocol Labs Research

Michael Hammersley

Research Scientist / Independent Research


MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, 2012

Stanford University

BSc in Materials Science and Engineering, 2011

Stanford University

Michael is a Materials Engineer by training – he helped develop a polymeric touchscreen with buttons that rise out of the surface at Tactus, and then ran failure analyses on the computers and electronic components for the Avionics department at SpaceX. He’s currently researching how to decentralize the energy grid. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with small art projects.

Areas of Expertise

Materials Science

Latest work

2020.5.4 / Posts

Hello from the Decentralized Energy Project!

We’re two materials scientists here at Protocol Labs, and we’re working to improve the electricity grid. Why, you may be thinking, does a distributed file storage company have a project related to the energy grid?

2020.3.25 / Talks

Decentralized energy grid: A Protocol Labs independent research project

Protocol Labs researcher Michael Hammersley discusses the current state of his work on a decentralized energy grid, a shared project with Alan Ransil, another researcher at Protocol Labs.

2019.9.3 / Publications

U.S. energy policy and market design

The U.S. bulk power system has an enormous number of actors: regulatory agencies (local, state, and federal), utilities (investor-owned, municipal, cooperatives, and power marketing administrations), operators (ISOs and RTOs), and customers.

2019.7.9 / Publications

A computable multilayer system stack for future-proof interoperability

The future decarbonized power grid will make increasing use of distributed energy resources (DERs) controlled using data collected at an extremely granular level compared to today’s coarse bulk power system models.