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.


Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy: Overview of early markets and perspective on alternative transportation energy solutions. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mathieu Gardette   


  • What is the current status of fuel cell technologies?
  • What is the value proposition of H2-energy and fuel cells with regard to global energy economic challenges?
  • Which are the early markets?
  • How will those markets get the industry and general public ready for H2 mobility?
  • How soon to come?


Mathieu GardetteThese questions naturally lead to a deeper look at the latest developments on the California roadmap for H2 fuel infrastructure as well as a discussion as to why the introduction of FCEVs in the automotive market is still controversial and whether FCEVs and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) complement one another or are competitors.


Mathieu Gardette earned a MSc. in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris (France).  As a project engineer for TRIGEN ENERGY Corp. (NY), he worked on combined heat & power industrial projects.  He then worked for 6 years at CRYOSPACE in France overseeing the functional analysis and managing the thermal insulation design and qualification work for the cryogenic hydrogen fuel tank of the upper stage of Ariane 5 launcher.  In 2006, he joined AIR LIQUIDE Engineering as project manager and led several EPC projects in Europe for the installation of standard oxygen and nitrogen production units. In 2009, he transitioned to the Hydrogen Energy business unit within AIR LIQUIDE as technical product manager for fuel cell based power solutions.  Currently, Mr. Gardette provides clean transportation research and analysis for the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.



Writing a Business Plan - An Example: the E-Trike PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alberto Sanchez-Chew   

Al_Sanchez-ChewThe E-Trike is a novel yet amazingly practical personal transportation vehicle that promotes health and mobility. The E-Trike is a human powered recumbent tricycle with an electric motor assist.


  • Who are the Potential Customers?
  • What is the Future for our product and for individual transportation?
  • Presenting the E-Trike Short Business Plan


Al is a Cal Poly Pomona graduate in Mechanical Engineering. A majority of Al’s engineering experience is in aerospace. Al has worked at Lockheed Martin where he worked at both the Lockheed Aeronautics (Skunk Works) division and Missiles and Space division. His aeronautics work included working on: the F-117 Night Hawk, U2 THAAD, FBM NWS, Milstar communication Satellite, and SBIRS programs.


Al also worked a number of years at the NASA Ames Research Center (VMS and LADEE program) and in traditional and alternative energy companies.  His experience includes: Varco International, SolarCity and Adaptive Arc.


Writing a Business Plan - An Example (pdf)


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.


Jim-CastelazJim Castelaz, Motiv Power Systems CEO and founder, sets the vision and strategy for the future of electric trucks. Prior to founding Motiv in 2009, Jim was Chief Architect at an EV start-up focused on designing electric buses for the Chinese market. Previously, Jim worked on MEMS for power electronics and solar applications at Stanford.  He also developed an electric motorcycle, solid state transformers for the power distribution grid with Southern California Edison, and various other embedded systems.  Jim holds an MSEE from Stanford University, is on sabbatical from his PhD program and has a BS in Engineering and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.


Global Climate Change: What Can You Do? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Lemons   



Sven-ThesenPublic awareness of Global Climate Change was jolted to life by the 2006 release of the Al Gore movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.  Global Climate Change became a common theme on the evening news. A media-fueled debate raged with Climate Change skeptics.  What is the state of Global Climate Change 8 years later? Is there an Action Plan?  Do you have an Action Plan?  Should you have one? Sven Thesen will share his thoughts on Climate Change, patriotism, honor and duty. Come decide what you can personally do to impact global climate change.


Sven is a dynamic speaker; electric car and energy consultant; and resident docent at Project Green Home, one of the most energy efficient homes in the nation. Prior activities include leading business-development efforts for Better Place where he landed a $7M grant for a large-scale switchable battery taxi project for the Bay Area.  Sven managed PG&E’s electric vehicle (EV) group.  Under his direction, PG&E was the first utility to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and the secondary use of transportation batteries in the stationary sector.  He also led PG&E’s sulfur hexafluoride emission reduction team.  Sven assisted the United Nations in revising the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. As a result of his contributions, he along with the other IPCC engineers and scientists was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


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