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Electric Grid Video & TIE Smart City Initiative Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Today we will view a video on the subject of Global Grids followed by Alex Mednick's review of the TiE Smart City Initiative. 

 

damien ernst picThe video was recorded at a TEDX event. The speaker is Damien Ernst. The title of his presentation is "The Global Grid for Empowering Renewable Energy". Damien presents an interesting twist on the problems associated with moving to renewable energy and some common economic obstacles which need to be looked at. It was well received by viewers and should provide some thought provoking insite. 

 

 

TiE logo 5Alex Mednick was involved with the TiE Smart City Initiative during January. They organized some very interesting competition to develop solutions to waste management, water management, and parking challenges. Alex will present information on the competition.  

 

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Febuary 04, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register 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).

 

About the Presenter

AlexMednick1 25 12Alex Mednick is a technology and environmental professional with an extensive background in computer science, finance, green building and environmental planning. Alex has been a leader in a number of organizations, including Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Green Building Council in Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, Acterra, and most recently the EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley. He is always looking at how best to collaborate in bringing forth innovative green technologies and concepts to the marketplace in the areas including sustainable transportation, health, cell phones,  community development, web tools, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.  

 

 

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Water Leak Detection Made Simple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Hartsoch   

A Presentation by Nancy Hartsoch

 

DSC 5813 smallAging plumbing, outdated distribution systems and equipment malfunctions cost property owners billions of dollars in water damage and loss annually. Despite the severity of the problem, available solutions, which focus primarily on spot detection, have been limited in their ability to address the problem. In addition millions of gallons of water are lost due to a variety of causes, and these losses often go undetected for months until a very large bill arrives two months later causing a shock wave and urgent investigation of the situation. 

 

The AquaSeca system, which leverages major advances in acoustic sensing, cloud based computing, machine learning and wireless communications, detects leaks throughout a building, not simply at the location of an installed sensor such as under an appliance.  The solution includes a group of low-cost, non-invasive, battery operated, wireless acoustic sensors which are strapped onto accessible pipes. The sensors “listen” to water flow and collect and transfer data to AquaSeca’s cloud-based analytics hub where the data is analyzed to create the building’s unique operational water footprint.  Thereafter, the building is monitored 24/7; when unexpected water usage patterns are identified, actionable information is sent to the property manager. Installation is done without plumbers or electricians, and the system can be tied into existing shut off valves or other building management systems. The highlights of the products includes:

* Fast Leak Detection      * Protects property

* Real Time Monitoring    * Reduces water consumption

* Low Cost                     * Lower cost than incumbent solutions

* Easy Installation          * Non-invasive install

 

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!

 

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Video Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

For our next EGG Thursday morning meeting, we will be watching a select video or two and engaging in discussion. If the current Paris Climate summit (COP21) results in something substantial to talk about or view by Thursday, we might focus on that in our meeting. Please join us and mingle with people who are committed to addressing our energy and climate issues. 

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Dec. 03, 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).

 

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Happy New Year! Wind Turbine Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Fireworks Original D Merged 2016Welcome to the start of the new year! Alot happened in 2015 and 2016 looks to be a very important year in making or breaking it when it comes to attacking our CO2 problems.

 

enercon e126 turbineWe are going to start off this year quietly with a couple of interesting videos on the topic of wind turbines. We will take a look at what makes them tick and we will spend some time checking out the worlds largest wind turbine. Discussion on this and other topics will be welcomed. Please join us!

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Jan. 07, 2016

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).

 

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Rechargable Battery Technology Overview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bert McMahon   

Bert M PhotoRechargable batteries are used in many places as the power supply of choice. In this presentation Bert McMahon will provide an overview of the technology behind rechargeable batteries as well as examples of how they are being used today. Rechargeable battery issues and opportunities will also be discussed. Please join us for this interesting presentation.  

Some key areas to be discussed are:

 

  • What is a battery?
  • How does a rechargeable battery work?
  • What are the parts in a battery?
  • How is the Tesla battery configured?
  • How is the Nissan Leaf battery configured?
  • Overview of the Battery Management System

 

Presentation Slides Available Here

  

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