Behind every advancement in the areas of renewable energy and energy management, are some underlying technologies which help make those advancements possible. The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol is one of those underlying technologies which is helping to make the Smart Grid a reality. This presentation will provide an overview of this technology and some of its uses in the Smart Grid.
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 Presenter Rod Kirk, a San Francisco Bay area native, has held various Electrical Engineering positions in numerous companies in the areas of data storage, networks, and motion control. He has a degree from San Jose State University and an Energy Management certificate from De Anza College. Rod is currently providing Technical Writing services for emerging companies.
On November 13, 2012, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) sponsored “Grid Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries”, a panel event to discuss grid-scale energy storage. After treating the audience of about 300 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to a short harmonica solo, Eric Wesoff from Greentech Media proceeded to outline the landscape around grid-scale energy storage and moderate the panel around future directions in grid-scale energy storage.
Figure 1: Panel (left to right) Mike Lee, Morgan Stanley (at podium); Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media; Prof Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy; Dr. Steve Crane, LightSail Energy; Abe Yokell, Rockport Capital Partners; Haresh Kanath, EPRI
Wesoff overviewed current technologies, the complicated value chain which generates and delivers energy to end users, the cleantech investment climate, and the environmental /government mandated need for clean, renewable energy which can only be enabled by grid-scale energy storage.
Currently, grid scale energy storage is dominated by pumped hydro. “For grid applications, it’s all about cost per kilowatt hour” said, Abe Yokell, panelist and Partner at Rockport Capital Partners who foresees grid-scale energy storage for certain, specific use cases such as where local energy storage in dense urban environments is less expensive than running in new utility lines. Philip Gleckman, CTO of Areva Solar agreed “Grid Storage with batteries is not inevitable…Thermal storage is available costing one tenth of the best battery technology. Justin Raade, CEO of Halotechnics, Inc described how his company is working on grid-scale thermal storage as low as $25/kw-hr.
Indeed, two grid-scale energy storage companies were represented on the panel. Lightsail Energy of Berkeley, CA and Aquion Energy of Pittsburgh, PA shared their experiences as start-ups entering a heavily regulated, highly fractioned, risk averse environment.
Figure 3: Haresh Kanath, EPRI Figure 2: Dr. Steve Crane, LightSail Energy
Rounding out the panel was Haresh Kamath, Sr. Project Manager for EPRI. “While American utilities are greatly incented to “KTLO – Keep the Lights On” which has led to risk averse investing, Kamath & Rastler have described 10 specific business cases for grid-scale energy storage which have attracted attention from the venture capital and investment community. Kamath noted that for certain off-grid applications, the newer energy storage technologies, when paired with solar, have the potential to “leapfrog” the current grid which many have observed to be little changed over the past 100 years.
Mike Lee, Financial Advisor, on why Morgan Stanley sponsored the panel, “We like sponsoring these sorts of events in order to bring people together to facilitate growth in this community.” Another perspective was offered by Laurie Manning, volunteer with the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab “We have to look beyond our current economic crisis to greater environmental issues. Superstorm Sandy showed this. We need greater urgency before it’s too late.”
About The Author
Greg Chu is a member of the EcoGreen Group. He is interested in Energy Storage and has a deep background in Supply Chain Management.
The move to renewable energy is moving forward at a nice pace. As each year goes by, more viable and creative options for homeowners and business's are being created. In today's meetup, we will take a look at one of the newer solar power systems being offered by developers. Richard Tsuei, founder of GeoVerde, will give us an in depth look at his "2-in-1 BIPV Metal Solar Roof System". Advantages of his product includes energy efficient, reduced roof weight, superior fire protection, superior recycle-ability, lower maintenance, and long roof life. Richard has joined forces with Custom Solar Power of California to provide complete systems that deliver solar power, roofing, and energy storage solutions for "on-grid" and "off-grid" applications.
Join us for this exciting presentation and learn about new energy opportunities that you can take advantage of!
Aging plumbing, outdated distribution systems and equipment malfunctions cost property owners billions of dollars in water damage and loss annually. Despite the severity of the problem, available solutions, which focus primarily on spot detection, have been limited in their ability to address the problem. In addition millions of gallons of water are lost due to a variety of causes, and these losses often go undetected for months until a very large bill arrives two months later causing a shock wave and urgent investigation of the situation.
What are conflict minerals, or blood minerals as some call them? What do they have to do with us?
We will first view the video “How to Avoid Conflict Minerals” from PBS, as Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their paths to our consumer products. Then we will view Marcus Bleasdale’s documentary “Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC” to understand the tremendous human toll of conflict minerals.
In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, and section 1502 mandates the issuance of rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product" manufactured by those companies. What has happened to the law since then?
Join us as for this interesting session where we look at the conflict minerals problem and discover how we are affected by it.
On July 27, 2017, some members of EGG attended a tour of the Zanker Road Recycling Center. In today's meeting, Mei-Ling Shek will talk about our observations of the tour and show some pictures taken during the tour. Members who attended are encouraged to provide Mei-Ling with any interesting photos you think would be of interest to attendees.
The host will give a short presentation on anaerobic digestion for biogas production, as a follow-up of our visit to Zero Waste Energy's bio-digester facility which is the largest in the world and located next door to Zanker Recycling.
A future field trip to the Central Energy Facility at Stanford University will also be discussed. It is encouraged that if you want to go on this field trip, provide information to EGG as soon as possible since space is limited.