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Natural Desalination PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Presentation by Joseph Rizzi

 

Natural desalination is one of five proposed solutions to combat California's water shortage. This method provides endless 100% nature driven desalination at about $20 an acre foot operating cost. It is powered by natural osmotic pressure for reverse osmosis, then gravity conveyance back to shore, where wave power lifts the fresh clean water to the surface and up a nearby hill to again use gravity conveyance for use. All processes have been tested for zero CO2, zero brine and zero entrainment of aquatic life. Please join us for this special EGG sponsored presentation. 

 

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Thursday Morning Meeting, August 27, 2015

8:00am - 9:30am

Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

 

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070

Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

About the Speaker

Joseph Rizzi is an inventor, member of the Benicia Makerspace, and Benicia resident since 1998. He was born in Southern California and grew up and schooled on the coast of Oregon. Joseph worked for 23 years at Chevron in accounting and IT while completing a Business Analyst certification. He automated a P&R Trucking operation and moved it from Oakland to Benicia. He is currently working on 5 solutions to end water shortages in California forever.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 August 2015 16:13
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Greentech Income Generation Workshop, Continued PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

Presentation and Exploration
Hosted by Alex Mednick

For this workshop, we will focus on water and energy relationships and how to monetize and provision services that we can provide. We will look at who are the people and organizations that are involved in water and eneregy now or may be in the future. This includes water and energy companies, government organizations, plumbing contractors, and architects, who have a vested interest in our projects. The Greywater issue will be a key area of concentration - how to work with these professionals and organizations to find and complete projects. To enable more effective participation, you should bring your laptop and any printed material such as, brochures, magazines, articles, and pamphlets that may help you.

 

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, August 13, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am

Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup site.

 

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070 Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Alex MednickAlex Mednick is a technology and environmental professional with an extensive background in computer science, finance, green building and environmental planning. Alex has been a leader in a number of organizations, including Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Green Building Council in Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, Acterra, and most recently the EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley. He is always looking at how best to collaborate in bringing forth innovative green technologies and concepts to the marketplace in the areas including sustainable transportation, health, cell phones,  community development, web tools, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2015 16:40
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Remote Controlled Grey Water Diverters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Greene   

  A Presentation by Tony Green

“Are Remote Controlled Grey Water Diverters the Beginning of the Transition to the Sustainable Homes of the Future?”

  

Tony Green Picture 050715Gartner estimates a typical family home could contain more than 500 Smart Devices by the year 2022. These devices, which will be a major part of the Smart Homes of the future, could revolutionize the way we live in our homes. The recent drought has caused homeowners to re-evaluate the most efficient method of managing water use in their homes. The remote capability to operate a Grey Water Diverter Valve poses a glimpse into the possibility of the impact Smart Homes will have in the future as well as sustainable living practices.

  

I will cover questions such as:

 

  • What are Smart Homes and Smart Devices
  • What type of applications of Smart Devices are used in the Smart Home?
  • What are the key requirements of Smart Devices for use in the Smart Home?
  • What is the status of the implementation of Smart Devices?
  • How can water consumption be managed in the Smart Homes of the future?

 

Come join us for this special Ecogreen Group meeting!

 

Presentation Available For Download Here

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, July 23, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup Site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall
20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9). (Map)


About the Presenter

Tony Green enjoys using his technical background to help people solve problems in fascinating applications which he hopes will make the world a better place in the long run. His career has included roles in application/project engineering and sales/marketing in the alternative energy, environmental, and utility industries. Tony has served as a Sales Application Engineer for an environmentally focused Heat Exchanger Company who worked with Engineers in Waste Water treatment plants on designing and specifying drying systems which produced Class A Bio-Solids from treated wastewater.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 16:53
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Are We Going To Cope With Ocean Acidification? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Presentation By Dr. Robert Greene

This presentation recognizes that ocean acidification is an imminent threat to sea life, and indeed, our entire lives.  If we take a ‘business as usual’ approach, we may be too late in saving the oceans for our children and grandchildren.

 

Bob Greene picFirst we will look at ocean acidification and its effects.  Then we will discuss the Carbon Cycle, i.e. how and how much generated CO2 is naturally stored in the atmosphere, gradually dissolved in the oceans, changing their chemistry (pH), and gradually sequestered on the ocean floor.  An analogy will be drawn with how the Oregon oyster farmers faced this issue but on a smaller scale.  Then, a first order estimate will be made as to how much energy will be needed to address this issue over what period of time.

Next we will posit “Where will we get this massive amount of carbon-free energy?”  To answer this, we will look at global energy demand through mid-century and what the contribution must be from each clean energy source to meet each share of this requirement.  Solar and wind alone will probably not meet this need.  Dr. Greene will review other energy sources, including ‘new nuclear’ and how they can make a major improvement in this picture.


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Thursday Morning Meeting, July 09, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.
Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall

20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2015 17:52
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Soil and Soil Carbon Capture PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Guimarin   

A Presentation by Elizabeth Guimarin 

 

ElizabethGuimarinThe key problem with climate change is too much, and a growing amount, of carbon in the atmosphere (primarily as carbon dioxide and methane). There are soils everywhere with the potential to capture and retain carbon. What about soils make it possible to be a potential solution? What might that solution look like?   Elizabeth will present a view into the often overlooked and highly valuable soils. We celebrate the International Year of the Soil with a closer look at something we all depend on. Elizabeth will explore such questions as:

   

  • What is soil?
  • What makes it such a valuable ecosystem?
  • What are current problem areas?
  • How can soil offer a solution?

 

For more information you can visit the Soil Science Society of America  https://www.soils.org.

 

Presentation Available Here

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 August 2015 16:13
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JB Straubel (Tesla) Video for August 6th Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

jb straubel 2014 storage symposium

This week we will view a very interesting video which was recorded at the 2014 Energy Storage Symposium. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla, delivered a keynote address for the symposium. It is a very interesting keynote and provides some insite into Tesla's thinking behind battery energy storage and some roadmaps for the future. Following the video we will engage in discussion.

 

Come join us for this interesting session.

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, August 06, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.

 

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall
20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9). (Map)

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 15:46
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Affordable Portable De-Salinization Alternatives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beverly Turner   

Presentation, Discussion, and Exploration

by Beverly Turner 

 

Current commercialized de-salinization solutions are expensive and subject to many political roadblocks slowing down implementation. Beverly will present some ideas on possible ways of creating more portable and affordable solutions using existing equipment that can be creatively modified to produce portable clean water. We will explore various possibilities and then discuss the feasability of creating working protoypes. Please bring your notebook for access to the internet.

 

Presentation Available Here

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, July 16, 2015

8:00am - 9:30am

Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup Site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070 Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 16:51
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