Micro Grids: Prototypes for the Smart Grid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Silicon Valley Clean Tech Speaker Series


Micro Grids:
Prototypes for the Smart Grid


By Craig Lewis 


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)
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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:40
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.


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 Monday, 20 October 2014 16:17
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
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