Various members of the EcoGreen group are taking a break this week and will be on a field trip to a location to learn and witness sustainability ideas in progress. There will be no EGG meeting at the Federated Church in Saratoga on May, 2017. We will resume our scheduled activities on June 1, 2017. See you then!
Thursday Morning "Free For All"
Today's meeting will be an opportunity for members and visitors to bring to our attention any interesting sustainability happenings that they have uncovered. There are alot of sustainability efforts going on out there and by having everybody's eyes and ears investigating we can become aware of some really incredible things that people are doing. I will be bringing to the meeting some of my findings and sharing it with the group. Bring some new sustainability things and help advance our effort! Please join us! Read More
Introduction To The Tesla Inc. Powerwall
The Powerwall is a Tesla Inc. product that provides Lithium battery energy storage for homes. Unused solar generated energy can be stored for later use after the sun sets. It is also used for time of use load shifting, backup power, and as an off grid energy source. For our May 11, 2017 meeting, Mike Mueller from Tesla inc. will give us a close look at this product and go over details of its usage. Please join us at this informative meeting and join the discussion and learn more about this product.
Review & Discussion Of The Zanker Recycling Center Tour For EGG On April 27, 2017
You may have heard about the field trip that EGG members went on April 27, 2017. We toured the Zanker Recycling Center. If you missed the tour, be sure to attend our May 4, 2017 EGG meeting to see pictures of the facility and to take part in a discussion about what we saw. Mwi-Ling Shek, the host, will also be talking about Anaerobic Digestion which takes place at Zero Waste which is next door to the Zanker Recycling Center. This event will be well worth your time! Read More
Our investment choices can have a broad impact socially and environmentally. Financial Advisor Toby Cooper will explore the origins, development, and benefits of “socially responsible” (aka, sustainable, ethical, or green) investing, including a nod to 18th Century Quakers, Dr. Martin Luther King, and anti-war activists of the Vietnam war era. He will discuss how investors can achieve their financial goals while aligning their invested dollars with their inner values. He will demonstrate how sustainable investing has found its place in the mainstream investor landscape today. Finally, he will discuss how sustainable investment decisions will interface with “2015 Year-Ahead” investment forecasts from leading Wall Street analysts.
Come join us for an interesting evening and explore how your investment choices can make a difference.
The advent of motor vehicles ushered in a new wave of productivity for humankind. It created economics of scale never or known seen before. Unfortunately, it also silently started to hurt the very environment that we live in. Increasing carbon emissions around the world have created irrecoverable damage on Mother Earth. New inventions like the electric cars are slowly but steadily helping stop and in some cases, reverse the damage being done but still a lot more still needs to be done.
We have to change and optimize the way we drive, lower the number of miles driven on a daily basis and adopt technologies to develop efficient least travel patterns, improve gas mileage, and predict breakdowns. The connected cars of today can help us achieve these goals – by the simple OBDII diagnostic outlet. Big Data technologies can help us take all these data and churn it into information that can be used by individuals and businesses alike. This talk will showcase with a live demo of how today’s connected cars are driving humankind towards greener pastures. General aspects of Big Data and way and means by which it can be harnessed for various applications in the Energy domain will be covered.
Please join us for this special EcoGreen Group presentation event.
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.
One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
How is the electric power generated?
What is Demand Response?
How is deregulation related to utility markets?
Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward? Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.
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.
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