Innovations In Battery Technology

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lico tech logoThe potential of many clean technologies is dependent on energy storage.  Batteries enable electric vehicles.  Stationary energy storage can both smooth the intermittency of solar and wind energy and store energy for when it is needed. Electric automobiles are the primary alternative to gasoline burning cars today. Road vehicles consume 27.4 Quadrillion BTUs annually (2005) or about 23% of all US energy consumption, driving our dependence on oil and contributing to global climate change. Advances in Lithium Ion technology have had a major impact in portable electronic devices.  Lithium ion batteries are now being used to provide solutions to some of the challenges in the automotive world. Michael Buckner will look at battery technology past, present and in the future and how it relates to the automotive world.  He will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of stationary storage for renewable energy.

Michael BucknerMichael Buckner is the Director of Business Development for Lico Technologies, a global company manufacturing lithium ion materials, battery cells and packs for mobile devices, electric vehicles and stationary storage. Prior to joining Lico, Michael managed Panasonic’s Energy Solutions Laboratory and held various engineering and management positions at Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Brigham Young University and a certificate of Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage from Stanford University.

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Energy From Waste Water


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stanford logoNitrogen pollution is a major environmental threat that depletes oxygen in aquatic ecosystems that leads to "dead zones". The number of "dead zones" worldwide has nearly doubled every decade since 1960; many are so big they can be seen from space. Wastewater treatment facilities are facing increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen discharge, yet manage rising energy costs. The conventional method for reducing nitrogen is effective but imposes major costs and consumes energy. Yaniv will present a new wastewater treatment process that removes and recovers energy from nitrogen waste - something that has not been done before.



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IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol on the Smart Grid

Rod Kirk 2Behind 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.

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Thursday Morning Meeting, Feb. 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required.

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.

Energy Data: Big Decisions

~ Video & Discussion ~

Today we will a video and address some of the issues. What energy challenges are best served with data, and what data sets are available for these applications?


Dr. Carrie Armel, Research Associate, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University
Ian Kalin, Director of Open Data, Socrata
Adam Rein, Principal, Mission Point Capital Partners

Thursday Morning Meeting, Jan 9, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am Free, No reservations required.

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).

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Renewable Energy

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A Presentation on Renewable Energy

by Dr. Bryan Hannegan
Vice President of Environment & Renewables at EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute)

epri logo 1Come join us for an insightful evening with Dr. Bryan Hannegan. Dr. Hannegan, Vice President, Environment and Renewables for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research into technologies and practices that enable cleaner and more efficient renewable power generation, and reduce the environmental footprint associated with electric power generation, delivery and use. In addition to his work leading Environment and Renewables, Dr. Hannegan also served as Vice President, Generation for EPRI during 2008-2009 with a focus on enabling technologies for reliable and sustainable fossil generation.

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Photovoltaic Technologies and the Solar Efficiency Race

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circle arrow graphicThe Solar industry is engaged in an intense technology race to produce the most efficient solar cells. This solar efficiency race has intensified as a response to the declining price of crystalline silicon modules and panels from China. More efficient solar cells justify a higher panel price. 



  • How does efficiency affect the ROI over the life of the panel for the solar consumer?  
  • Are the solar manufacturers investing in the right technology to win the race? 
  • Does the winner in this efficiency race win the competition for consumer dollars?
  • Are there other winning strategies and approaches?

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