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EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley
Overview of Our Utilities and How They Relate to Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Presented by

Tony Green

 

One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution. This presentation will be presented by Tony Green and will cover questions such as:

  • How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
  • How is the electric power generated?
  • What is Demand Response?
  • How is deregulation related to utility markets?
  • Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
  • What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
  • What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
  • What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward?

 

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.
 

Thursday Morning Meeting, May 07, 2015 8:00am - 9:45am

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Funding Cleantech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

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Venture Summit/West 2015 took place in Mountain View, California during February of this year. This article provides some informative insite and take aways from this conference. Join me on a discoverey of what's happening in startups and funding in areas that will become a part of our lives in the near future.

 

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AlexMednickAlex 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 EcoGreenGroup 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.

 
The Internet of Things: A System That Pays You to Reduce Your Electricity Use PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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The speaker will present a primer on smart grid demand-response and a demo of Ohmconnect.  OhmConnect is a Demand/Response web-based application that allows many people to pool their response to fluctuations in demand on the grid.  OhmConnect sells "load reductions" to the Independent System Operator by having consumers of power reduce their demand at certain times when power is expensive to produce.  Some of this is automated – Internet-connected devices in the home can be directly controlled to reduce demand.  Some is manual: a Text message or email to users prompts them to turn off some load – defer laundry, turn off lights, etc.  Participants are paid for their contribution to the aggregate reduction that can be sold to the grid, as measured by their smartmeter vs. historical use pattern.

 

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From Waste to Wealth using Green Chemistry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   
With significant amount of waste being created by an increasing population, it makes sense that we do something with that waste to offset our use of energy (carbon footprint) and chemicals. Today we will watch "From Waste to Wealth using Green Chemistry", a video lecture by James Clark, Professor of Green Chemistry at the University of York (UK). The lecture was published in February 2014. The video will be preceded by an introduction to the principles of green chemistry by Mei-Ling Shek.

 

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. 

 

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Greentech Income Generation Workshop, Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex L. Mednick   

There are many income opportunities in the areas of green technology. This workshop will focus on how to generate income from a Green Tech Project. We will explore various ideas and perform some online research to investigate what it takes to implement a project. 

 

This workshop will continue with examining 1 or 2 Green Tech Projects in detail to identify:

 

1. What is the local Problem - scope, severity, factors, causes?

2. What are possible solutions?

3. Who is involved in the solutions - organizations, customers, partners, government bodies?

4. What funding is available?

 

Again, bring your laptops and any relevant news  articles, brochures, links, etc. and be ready to dive in deep.

 

Here is an article on the Water Project we discussed as an example, 

Let's Filter Seawater

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, April 30

8:15am - 9:45am

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).

 

Alex MednickAlex 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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