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JB Straubel (Tesla) Video for August 6th Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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This week we will view a very interesting video which was recorded at the 2014 Energy Storage Symposium. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla, delivered a keynote address for the symposium. It is a very interesting keynote and provides some insite into Tesla's thinking behind battery energy storage and some roadmaps for the future. Following the video we will engage in discussion.

 

Come join us for this interesting session.

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, August 06, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.

 

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). (Map)

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 15:46
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Remote Controlled Grey Water Diverters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Greene   

  A Presentation by Tony Green

“Are Remote Controlled Grey Water Diverters the Beginning of the Transition to the Sustainable Homes of the Future?”

  

Tony Green Picture 050715Gartner estimates a typical family home could contain more than 500 Smart Devices by the year 2022. These devices, which will be a major part of the Smart Homes of the future, could revolutionize the way we live in our homes. The recent drought has caused homeowners to re-evaluate the most efficient method of managing water use in their homes. The remote capability to operate a Grey Water Diverter Valve poses a glimpse into the possibility of the impact Smart Homes will have in the future as well as sustainable living practices.

  

I will cover questions such as:

 

  • What are Smart Homes and Smart Devices
  • What type of applications of Smart Devices are used in the Smart Home?
  • What are the key requirements of Smart Devices for use in the Smart Home?
  • What is the status of the implementation of Smart Devices?
  • How can water consumption be managed in the Smart Homes of the future?

 

Come join us for this special Ecogreen Group meeting!

 

Presentation Available For Download Here

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, July 23, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup Site.

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). (Map)


About the Presenter

Tony Green enjoys using his technical background to help people solve problems in fascinating applications which he hopes will make the world a better place in the long run. His career has included roles in application/project engineering and sales/marketing in the alternative energy, environmental, and utility industries. Tony has served as a Sales Application Engineer for an environmentally focused Heat Exchanger Company who worked with Engineers in Waste Water treatment plants on designing and specifying drying systems which produced Class A Bio-Solids from treated wastewater.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 16:53
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Are We Going To Cope With Ocean Acidification? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Presentation By Dr. Robert Greene

This presentation recognizes that ocean acidification is an imminent threat to sea life, and indeed, our entire lives.  If we take a ‘business as usual’ approach, we may be too late in saving the oceans for our children and grandchildren.

 

Bob Greene picFirst we will look at ocean acidification and its effects.  Then we will discuss the Carbon Cycle, i.e. how and how much generated CO2 is naturally stored in the atmosphere, gradually dissolved in the oceans, changing their chemistry (pH), and gradually sequestered on the ocean floor.  An analogy will be drawn with how the Oregon oyster farmers faced this issue but on a smaller scale.  Then, a first order estimate will be made as to how much energy will be needed to address this issue over what period of time.

Next we will posit “Where will we get this massive amount of carbon-free energy?”  To answer this, we will look at global energy demand through mid-century and what the contribution must be from each clean energy source to meet each share of this requirement.  Solar and wind alone will probably not meet this need.  Dr. Greene will review other energy sources, including ‘new nuclear’ and how they can make a major improvement in this picture.


Download Presentation Here!

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, July 09, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.
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).

 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2015 17:52
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Grey Water Systems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Green   

 Presented by Tony Green

“Grey Water Systems: What they are, why their time has come and how you can participate in conserving our most precious resource”.

 

Tony Green Picture 050715The recent drought has prompted Governor Brown to enact mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the history of the state of California. With no end to the drought in sight and the level of the state’s reservoirs being at their lowest levels in decades, everyone will need to take steps to conserve this precious resource. Grey Water systems have recently been proposed as a method where home owners can help conserve water by using reclaimed water produced by laundry, sinks and bathtubs in non-potable applications such as irrigation or flushing toilets.  

 

 

I will cover questions such as:

  • What are Grey Water Systems and what are the benefits of their use?
  • Why are Grey Water systems becoming part of the water conservation
    discussion?
  • What are the concerns of using Grey Water?
  • Will I need a permit to install a Grey Water System?
  • If I wanted to install a Grey Water System how would I go about it?
  • What products are safe to use with a Grey Water System?
  • What components comprise a Grey Water System?

 

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!

 

PRESENTATION AVAILABLE HERE

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No EGG Meeting On July 30th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2015 11:51
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Affordable Portable De-Salinization Alternatives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beverly Turner   

Presentation, Discussion, and Exploration

by Beverly Turner 

 

Current commercialized de-salinization solutions are expensive and subject to many political roadblocks slowing down implementation. Beverly will present some ideas on possible ways of creating more portable and affordable solutions using existing equipment that can be creatively modified to produce portable clean water. We will explore various possibilities and then discuss the feasability of creating working protoypes. Please bring your notebook for access to the internet.

 

Presentation Available Here

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, July 16, 2015

8:00am - 9:30am

Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup Site.

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).

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 16:51
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No EGG Meeting on July 2nd PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

We will not be having an EGG meeting on July 2nd since many folks are connecting some days off with their 4th of July weekend. See you next week on July 9th!

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:09
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