The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Rod Kirk
On October 9, 2014 Rod 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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:00
GreenTech Media Presents SoftGrid 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Chu   

SoftGrid1For the third year in a row Greentech Media will present a data and analytics conference exclusive to the smart grid. This Year's confeence will be held September 10-11 at the SRI Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.


Massive data sets, real-time analytics and application-specific software platforms are unlocking opportunities for vendors, utilities, third-party service providers and energy consumers.  Explore how to effectively manage, analyze and take action on the data generated by grid networks and intelligent, energy efficient endpoints to enable an energy system of the future.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:07
Intersolar 2014 Kicks off in San Francisco PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Chu   

Intersolar North America, the most attended solar exhibition in the United States kicked off July 7 in San Francisco.


An estimated 18,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the Moscone Center  from July 7-10 to meet with over 500 manufacturers, Suppliers, Distributors, Service Providers, System Integrators, Researchers, Analysts and Policy Makers.


The exhibition, co-located with SEMICON West since its establishment in 2008, is also being held in conjunction with Solar2014 presented by The American Solar Energy Society.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:57
Redefining Transportation: Electrifying Trucks & Buses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Castelaz   


  • What are the challenges, trends and future of electric trucks and buses?
  • Why is this segment poised to make a huge impact in our global fossil fuel dependence?
  • How will this change fundamentally alter our capability to move goods and people?


Trucks and buses are critical parts of our transportation infrastructure; moving people, products, materials, and even our garbage.   Imagine a world where local delivery trucks and buses no longer spew diesel exhaust or fill their tanks with fossil fuel.  Motiv makes this possible, driving the change to electrified trucks and buses.  Come learn how this local start-up company’s innovative strategy and products make this possible.   Come meet the founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems and learn how Motiv is changing this oft-forgotten industry.

SoftGrid 2014 – Grid Data Analytics, Here We Come! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Greentech Media organized the SoftGrid 2014 conference in Menlo Park on September 10th and 11th. This conference brought together a diverse collection of companies, organizations, and interested individuals who are working to make the Smart Grid into something that not only benefits the entire energy chain from the utilities to the consumer but also addresses the numerous problems associated with making such a complex system work.  The core topic was how to manage, analyze, and take-action on the massive amounts of data generated within the Smart Grid. Not only does this availability of data present many opportunities but it also presents issues that need to be addressed. I have captured some of the ideas presented at this conference and will summarize some important “take-aways”.

The move to a Smarter Grid brings generates reactions all along the energy chain. A summary of the reactions and industry observations are summarized below.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:59
Intersolar North America 2014 Day 3 Exhibit Highlights PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Written by Rod A. Kirk - July 9, 2014


Rod Kirk
I always enjoy attending the Intersolar Exhibition. The product and technology demos on display are very diverse and there are always some good “take aways”. I will share with you some things I observed while attending Day 3.

This year, similar to past years, the three floors of the San Francisco Moscone West Hall were organized by the various areas within the Solar landscape.  On Level 1 there were PV Cells, Modules & Systems, PV Manufacturing Equipment, and PV Materials & Components. Level 2 was full of companies dealing with Energy Storage, Balance of Systems, and Solar Heating & Cooling Technologies. Level 3 topped off the exhibition with miscellaneous PV components and items related to Mounting & Tracking. This year was the seventh annual occurrence of this event. The exhibition floor space seemed to be a bit smaller than last year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:08
LED Lighting Updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick and Mei-Ling Shek   



Interested in LED lighting

or energy efficiency?




  • Quick review of previous talks in Lighting Series.
  • Title 24 Residential Lighting
  • Title 24 Commercial Lighting
  • Rebates
  • Color temperature and CRI in LED lighting


Mei-Ling Shek has worked as consultant and as scientist in both academic and industrial startup settings (telecom optoelectronics & low-power solar concentrator).  She has a background in surface science, materials & optics, and hopes to contribute to LED lighting. Her favorite environmental organizations are the Union of Concerned Scientists and Natural Resources Defense Council.


Alex  Mednick has a BS Degree in Environmental Planning from UC Davis and a BS Degree in Computer Science from Cal State University, Hayward. Alex has worked in Technical Support at several Hi Tech Companies, most notably, Sun Microsystems,  Epson,  Zoran, and Tibco. Alex recently began consulting for an LED Company, where he has a variety of Business Development and Operations roles to increase the awareness of changes in Title 24 and how it affects local businesses.


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