2011 Events

Tour of Sustainability Base at NASA Ames Research Center (limited attendance)

November 9th, 2011:  6:00 PM

Speaker:   Rich Ross, Construction Manager, AECOM Design

The tour will introduce you to the low energy, conservation and recycling design concepts of renowned Architect William McDonough.  This net-zero energy building utilizes LED lighting, optimized day-lighting controls, passive lighting enhancement with low work space walls and glass full walls, skylights, geothermal heating and cooling optimized with automatic natural ventilation, sun shades on exterior windows, recycled waste water, native low water plants, wood floors recycled from demolished wind tunnels, solar panels and fuel cells.  Coupled with NASA control systems developed to minimize energy and fuel use for human habitation in outer space, this facility is expected to produce more energy than it uses.


  About the Speaker:  Rich Ross, Construction Manager, AECOM Design

Rich has more than 20 years experience managing the construction of commercial, industrial and research facilities.  Rich has served as the Construction Manager for Sustainability Base from the submittal reviews through foundation pour and steel top out to today when the interior is being fitted out with work space walls, furniture and task lighting.

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All you need to know about Lead Acid Batteries

When: October 19th, 2011:  

Speaker:   John Kim, Director, Energy & Infrastructure, C&D Technologies


                John's presentation will focus on battery basics, sizing, maintenance, and operations. It will describe battery selection choices to include factors such as: gassing, capacity testing, alloy choices, jar materials, acid specific gravities, and standby versus cycling batteries. The presentation will also cover important maintenance issues in order to properly operate battery systems and to extend battery reliability and life.

  About the Speaker:  

 John Kim, Director, Energy & Infrastructure / C&D Technologies, received BS in Materials Engineering and MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University. He has been employed by C&D Technologies for 19 years. His current assignment is as a technical trainer for its corporation wide technical battery training program as well as being responsible for the Utility market in US and Canada. John has served as R&D engineer, Manufacturing engineer, Product Manager, and Manager of Technical Support. He has authored several papers and presented at numerous industry seminars and conferences in his 25+ years in the battery industry.

  About the Company:  

 C&D Technologies, Inc. is a technology company that produces and markets systems for the power conversion and storage of electrical power, including industrial batteries and electronics. This specialized focus has established the company as a leading and valued supplier of products for reserve power systems and electronic power supplies. C&D's success in these key markets has been supported by dedication to customer service. The company's core business focuses on reserve power systems supplied to leading operators of telecommunications, data transmission, infrastructure computer systems and utilities to enable them to maintain critical operations during power outages.


Tour of KLEENSPEED Technologies

Wednesday September 21st, 2011  

Subject:  Electric Vehicle (EV) Technology

Speaker:   Dante Zeviar, Executive Vice President and Chief technology Officer, KLEENSPEED


 Abstract:   EV Technology Today 

                The Electric Vehicle has been in existence since the dawn of the automotive age at the turn of the 20th century, Yet, despite the considerable potential and environmental advantages of this technology, all EVs to date have had limited functionality and viability in the consumer marketplace. KLEENSPEED is focused on the development of innovative and advanced technologies that will revolutionize the industry and create systems and vehicles that truly realize the full potential of electric vehicles. Founded by Tim Collins, a technology visionary with a career of success in technology businesses and investment banking, and driven by an R&D team led by Dante Zeviar, a brilliant young engineer, KLEENSPEED is already a proven leader in EV technology. The company's agenda is clearly drawn to tackle and resolve the challenging issues regarding the development of breakthrough solutions to EV systems design and development. Their EV-X11 race car and the EIATA sports car will be at the site.

  About the Speaker:  

  Dante Zeviar, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkley, M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering from Technical University of Munich in Germany, Professional Automotive Technician from Universal Technical Institute, developed formula style race cars, worked in R&D at BMW and developed an aluminum electrical connector for high current application in hybrid and electric vehicles.

  About the Company:  

 KLEENSPEED is an R&D Company focused on the development of innovative, advanced technologies and intellectual properties that will revolutionize the EV industry and create systems and vehicles that truly realize the full potential of electric vehicles. The company’s agenda is to tackle and resolve the challenging issues regarding the development of breakthrough solutions to EV systems design and development.


Plain Talk About the Electric Power Industry

Hosted by Santa Clara University School of Engineering


When: June 21, 22, or 23, 2011  



                IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses for the power industry professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the electric power industry, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today's electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for new engineers to the industry, or for engineers in other fields who are transitioning to the electric power industry. These courses aim to increase your understanding of the electric power system by providing you with practical knowledge that you can use as you work in or with this important industry.

June 21   Power System Basics - Understanding the Electric Utility Operation Inside and Out,   A brief history

June 22  Distribution System - Delivering Power to the Customer

June 23  Transmission System - The Interconnected Bulk Electric System


Primus Power - Why Grid Frequency is like Golf: everything’s fine until the swing

Subject:  Why Grid Storage

Speaker:   Dr. Gerardo Jose la O', Director of Electrochemistry, Primus Power


                The development of distributed, grid-scale energy storage systems offers great promise for improving the reliability, safety and cost of the electrical grid. The need for utility-scale grid storage is being driven by rapid growth of intermittent renewable energy, such as wind power, as well as load growth and under investment in transmission & distribution assets. A significant number of new energy storage technologies are being developed which could offer solutions to these and other issues facing the grid. GJ will discuss the recent advances in energy storage and its benefits, such as frequency regulation (one of the most deployed applications to date), as well as enhanced system reliability, and increased penetration of renewable energy:

1.  Introduction to Grid Storage and Primus Power,   A brief history

2.  Technology Overview

3.  Current benefits and deployment examples

4.  Future/potential benefits

  About the Speaker:  

  Dr. GJ la O’ is the Director of Electrochemistry at Primus Power. GJ has been working in the electrochemical engineering and design of batteries and fuel cells for over 10 years. He completed his PhD in Materials Science at MIT where he performed fundamental research in the reaction pathways of oxide-based catalysts for high temperature fuel cells and utilized micro-fabrication techniques in growing epitaxial thin-films. At Primus Power, GJ directs the battery electrochemical engineering and materials development of the their novel flow-battery system. GJ received his BS in Materials Science from UC Berkeley.

  About the Company:  

 Founded in 2009, Primus Power has developed a low cost, versatile and power dense battery system that economically addresses a wide range of energy storage applications. Primus technology will significantly improve the cost, reliability, environmental footprint & security of the electric grid, and accelerate adoption of intermittent renewable energy sources. In November 2009 Primus Power was one of sixteen companies selected by the Department of Energy to receive a Smart Grid Demonstration Program grant, receiving one of the largest awards to commercialize, deploy and monitor a 25 MW / 75 MWh energy storage system for a major California utility.



APT - Smart Metering for Commercial Customers

Wednesday April 20th, 2011    Transforming Distributed Generation

Speaker:   Richard Celio CTO, Founder Applied Power Technologies


                Applied Power Technologies provides high quality management solutions for power systems. Our approach permanently solves quality of service issues by identifying incident location, date & time, magnitude and duration and then correlating customer impact. Our customized solutions help customers with critical reliability and high energy costs improve their delivered performance.

1.  Introduction to Applied Power Technologies,   A brief history

2.  Technology Overview

3.  Value Proposition for Customers

4.  Deployment Examples

  About the Speaker :  Mr. Celio is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of California. He is a member of IEEE, AFE and AEE and is the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He has over 25 years experience in helping industrial/commercial customers solve difficult electrical systems problems. He graduated from San Jose State University with a BSME. He performed graduate work and taught as lecturer at SJSU. With Pacific Gas & Electric he worked with large industrial and commercial customer electrical systems, evaluating control strategies and design changes to optimize efficiency including implementing advanced metering and monitoring for load studies and demand sided management.

  Founded in 1994, Applied Power Technologies, Inc. helps customers with critical reliability and high energy costs improve their delivered performance. APT s vendor neutral systems integrator approach minimizes capital investment and maximizes usability. APT leads the way in energy management system integration techniques and expertise. APT s unique reporting tools easily prove the value of reliability and green initiatives while providing utility rebate incentives to conserve. APT products and services give customers the tools to be more efficient, more reliable and more aware of their costs. APT s customer base of nearly twenty years share delivered energy and power quality management systems for over 800 MWs of power throughout the western US..



Upcoming Event: Getting the Most Out of your Electrical  

Wednesday March 16th, 2011  

Speaker:   Daniel Thompson, Executive Sales Engineer, Schneider Electric


     Is your architect pushing you to size the Electrical Room without room to wiggle?  Electrical Room design starting from the basics and enough tips & tactics to satisfy the most experienced engineers. 

    Fear not as in this presentation Daniel will focus on common consultant FAQ’s about the 5 main topics of Electrical Room design:

  1. Work Clearance
  2. Equipment Sizing & Selection
    • Switchgear or Switchboards
    • Suggestions for equipment size estimation
    • How to save space with Integrated Equipment (Switchboards, Panelboards & Transformers)
    • Recommendations for device selection (Over Current Protective Devices, Meters)
  1. Utility Requirements
    • Standard Greenbook interconnection requirements
    • Updated Greenbook requirements for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE)
  1. Transformers
    • Proper Transformer Selection
    • Life cycle cost estimates of General Purpose vs. NEMA Premium 30
  1. Seismic Concerns
    • OSHPD update


  About the Speaker :  Daniel Thompson graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2000 and is currently working for Schneider Electric.  He has worked extensively with SE’s Power Division (Square D), configuring switchboards, switchgear, and other electrical distribution equipment.  Daniel has also developed resources to assist consultants and regularly fields questions from consultants ranging from code application to proper equipment configuration. Daniel has attended IAS & PES events around the Bay Area, and was on the 2004 IEEE PCIC local committee.   He was the Team Leader for Schneider Electric’s contribution to the 2010 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. 


Bloom Energy - Transforming Distributed Generation

Wednesday Feb. 16th, 2011


Speaker:   Asim Hussain Director of Product Marketing at Bloom Energy

                  Bloom Energy is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, highly-efficient power onsite from virtually any fuel source. Bloom Energy Servers are transforming distributed generation by providing clean, reliable, and affordable power onsite 24/7/365.  Our speaker will discuss the following topics:

1.  Introduction to Bloom Energy,   A brief history

2.  Technology Overview

3.  Value Proposition for Customers

4.  Deployment Examples

  About the Speaker :  Asim Hussain is the Director of Product Marketing at Bloom Energy, where he focuses on marketing, product management, and strategy.  Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, in roles focused on executive leadership, marketing and business development.  Asim previously also worked for Deloitte Consulting where he focused on strategy and systems integration engagements for electric utility and telecommunication clients.  Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

 Bloom Energy s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world.  The Bloom Energy Server is currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies.  The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.


January 19, 2011: "LED Lighting for Commercial Users" by Ward Donnelly, Director of Sales and Business Development at AxcessDataSolutions LLC

Abstract: LED’s have historically been used for display, signal and indicator lighting, however, the technology is now an attractive GREEN alternative for commercial lighting for business. Please join us for a presentation on the advantages of LED lighting. Our speaker will discuss the following topics:

  1. Introduction to LED Technology
    • A brief history and technology overview.
  2. Advantages and reasons to use LED's
    • Economic, social and environmental advantages to LED technology.
  3. LED lighting and Retrofit Applications and Approaches.
    • Direct bulb replacement using existing fixtures and ballasts.
    • Use of LED tubes with external rectifier.
    • Use of LED tubes with internal rectifier.

Bio: Ward Donnelly is Director of Sales and Business Development at AxcessDataSolutions LLC. Ward has been working in Marketing, Sales and Business Development for over 10 years and was most recently Director of Marketing and Sales at WorkSafe Technologies. Previously to that he was Director of Marketing and Sales with Thales Inc (Magellan Systems) and a Sr. Marketing Manager with Sony Electronics. Ward Donnelly initially began his career as a Design and Manufacturing Engineer and over the course of 15 years took on multiple progressive roles in engineering with companies like Seagate, Amdahl (Fujitsu) and Quantum Corporation. Ward Donnelly has a BSME from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

AccessDataSolutions is a provider of GREEN infrastructure and solutions for facilities. They address issues related to making the enterprise more Environmentally & Energy Efficient as well as Safe. These issues include Space, Power, Cooling, Lighting and Business Continuity Risks (Seismic, Security, and Fire). AxcessDataSolutions products have been deployed in a number of Fortune 500 companies including BART, Kaiser Permanente, Pixar, Netflix, Applied Materials, NCPA, etc. (