Energy

Micro Grids: Prototypes for the Smart Grid

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Of the total energy consumed in the U.S., only 0.3% comes from solar and 1.65% comes from wind. Electric utilities are cautious about adding these intermittent renewable energy sources to the current grid. Clean Coalition's mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technology, policy, and project development expertise. Their Community Microgrid Initiative will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of high penetrations of local renewables. Come learn about how Clean Coalition is working with electric utilities to create microgrid demonstration projects, including one in San Francisco.

- What percentage renewable is feasible on the microgrids?

- What innovations can be modeled on the microgrid for grid-wide deployment?

- What are the opportunities, challenges, risks, time line, lessons learned and successes so far?

Thursday Evening, November 6, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Check-in, Networking & Light Refreshments
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Presentation and Q&A

~ VENUE ~ Merrill Lynch  333 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
From Highway US 101 Take Willow Road WEST (Exit 404B) (for questions email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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About the Presenter

craig lewisCraig Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. He has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, a solar technology company, Craig was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process. He was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly's 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies; including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from UC Berkeley. The potential of many clean technologies is dependent on energy storage.  Batteries enable electric vehicles.  Stationary energy storage can both smooth the intermittency of solar and wind energy and store energy for when it is needed. www.clean-coalition.org

The Smart Grid Keeps Getting Smarter

rod kirk pic smallerRod Kirk presented a talk entitled "The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter".  Work on the Smart Grid is accelerating. Smart Grid 3.0 is taking shape. In this talk Rod explored what Smart Grid 3.0 is all about, the driving forces, and some of the issues that need to be resolved.

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About the Speaker

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 cleantech, green, and emerging companies.

Innovations In Battery Technology

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lico tech logoThe potential of many clean technologies is dependent on energy storage.  Batteries enable electric vehicles.  Stationary energy storage can both smooth the intermittency of solar and wind energy and store energy for when it is needed. Electric automobiles are the primary alternative to gasoline burning cars today. Road vehicles consume 27.4 Quadrillion BTUs annually (2005) or about 23% of all US energy consumption, driving our dependence on oil and contributing to global climate change. Advances in Lithium Ion technology have had a major impact in portable electronic devices.  Lithium ion batteries are now being used to provide solutions to some of the challenges in the automotive world. Michael Buckner will look at battery technology past, present and in the future and how it relates to the automotive world.  He will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of stationary storage for renewable energy.

Michael BucknerMichael Buckner is the Director of Business Development for Lico Technologies, a global company manufacturing lithium ion materials, battery cells and packs for mobile devices, electric vehicles and stationary storage. Prior to joining Lico, Michael managed Panasonic’s Energy Solutions Laboratory and held various engineering and management positions at Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Brigham Young University and a certificate of Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage from Stanford University.

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Energy From Waste Water

 

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stanford logoNitrogen pollution is a major environmental threat that depletes oxygen in aquatic ecosystems that leads to "dead zones". The number of "dead zones" worldwide has nearly doubled every decade since 1960; many are so big they can be seen from space. Wastewater treatment facilities are facing increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen discharge, yet manage rising energy costs. The conventional method for reducing nitrogen is effective but imposes major costs and consumes energy. Yaniv will present a new wastewater treatment process that removes and recovers energy from nitrogen waste - something that has not been done before.

 

 

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IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol on the Smart Grid

Rod Kirk 2Behind 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.

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Thursday Morning Meeting, Feb. 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required.

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.

Energy Data: Big Decisions

~ Video & Discussion ~

Today we will a video and address some of the issues. What energy challenges are best served with data, and what data sets are available for these applications?

Speakers:

Dr. Carrie Armel, Research Associate, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University
Ian Kalin, Director of Open Data, Socrata
Adam Rein, Principal, Mission Point Capital Partners

Thursday Morning Meeting, Jan 9, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am Free, No reservations required.

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).

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