10/26/16 DC Microgrids

Join us October 26, 2016 for a dynamic presentation and discussion on:
DC Microgrids

Speaker: Sharmila Ravula, Bosch

Location: On Semiconductor, 3001 Stender Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Note new location, between Central and Scott. Note “On” logo in front, plenty of parking in back.
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016: 6:00 pm Dinner and Networking, 7:00 PM Presentation
Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/
RSVP: http://dcmicrogrids.eventbrite.com
Cost: $10 members, $15 non members
About the talk:
Advantages of DC power distribution in C&I buildings: Ms. Ravula’s presentation will discuss the benefits of using 380 VDC power distribution architecture for commercial and industrial buildings to maximize the utilization of on-site solar photovoltaics by directly powering DC loads. DC power minimizes the dependence on grid-based electricity while providing improved reliability and resiliency. This system cost effectively eliminates wasteful AC/DC power conversions while reusing the current AC wiring infrastructure to operate DC loads.
Benefits include 7-10% higher utilization of on-site generation, smoothing of PV output, lower energy losses, no re-wiring requirements, higher reliability, simplified islanding strategies, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
About the Speaker:
As the Director of Business Development for the Building Grid Technologies group at Bosch North America, Sharmila Ravula leads the efforts to bring to market new power distribution technology developed by Bosch, for the C&I segment. In this role, she leads the strategic marketing, sales and business development activities for the Americas. Prior to joining the Bosch Corporate Business Development group, she led the strategy and business development activities at Bosch Energy Storage Solutions group and Bosch Solar Energy North America. She was instrumental in developing project financing solutions (Bosch PPA), project development and sales operations for the Solar Energy team. Prior to moving into the renewable energy space, Sharmila led the software research activities for wireless sensor networks and internet of things topics at Bosch Research and Technology Center. Sharmila has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Operation Research from the University of Delaware.

We look forward to having you join us.

Steve Jordan

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July 28: Understanding the Business Need for a Power Monitoring System

IEEE Members and Friends, please join us Thursday July 28th for a lunch and learn at Santa Clara Valley Water District, courtesy of the Association for Facilities Engineering, APT, and SCVWD.

Location: Santa Clara Valley Water District – 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 – View Map

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Subject: Understanding the Business Need for a Power Monitoring System

John Brosnan, Engineering Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Arvind Tailor, Senior Engineer, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Ian Linayao, Technical Sales Engineer, APT

RSVP: Advance Registration required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-business-need-for-a-power-monitoring-system-tickets-26579542126?ref=ebtnebregn

Cost: No charge for IEEE members

About the talk:
Santa Clara Valley Water District installed an advanced power quality monitoring system after the 1999 CA rolling outages and western grid energy crisis. The system gathers power and energy data from the water utility’s various treatment plants and pumping stations. Utility staff use the power monitoring system to verify utility bills, respond and diagnose power interruptions, and plan for capacity upgrades and designs. The system has maintained historical data to compare load levels, voltage levels, power factors, and harmonic quality as the district has made electrical improvements. SCVWD and APT work together to maintain the overall system’s 90 plus power quality monitoring devices and to plan improvements and upgrades.

See you there!
Steve Jordan

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PES/IAS June 15: Peak Power Tracking for Solar Arrays

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies
is proud to cosponsor a talk hosted by the

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Control Systems Society

Speaker: Dr. Ping Hsu, Professor, San Jose State

Location: Qualcomm Building B – Café, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 6:30 pm
Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/
RSVP: Registration required at Eventbrite
Cost: Free with advance registration
About the talk:

This presentation introduces the basic theory and implementation methods of peak power tracking of photo-voltaic (PV) systems.   An overview of major components of such a system and their characteristics and functionality is introduced first.  Different PV loading and power conversion methods and a Perturb-and-Observe peak power tracking scheme is discussed.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Hsu graduated from St. Johns and St. Mary’s Institute of Technology, Taiwan (presently, St. John’s University) in 1978. In 1980, he graduated from Southern Methodist University with MSEE degree and, in 1988, from University of California, Berkeley with Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering. He joined the faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign after graduation from Berkeley. In 1990, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at San Jose State University. At SJSU, he served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2007, Interim Dean from 2012 to 2013, and is presently a professor in the EE department. His research interests includes: control theory, robotics, embedded systems, power electronics, and power systems. His recent research work is in the area of wind turbine control.


Steve Jordan
Chairman, IEEE, SCV, IAS/PES

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June 23, FINsix: The Challenges of VHF Power Conversion

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Hosted by SCV Power Electronics Society

The Challenges of VHF Power Conversion

Speaker:  Tony Sagneri, Cofounder and CTO, FINsix


Location:  Texas Instruments
Building E Conference Center
2900 Semiconductor Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95051


Thursday, June 23, 2016:

6:30pm-7pm: Dinner and Networking

7pm-8pm: Talk and Questions

RSVP and event details:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pels/

Cost:  $3 to $5 depending on IEEE membership

About the talk:
How much could power supply density increase if operating frequency was substantially increased? Not just by a factor of 5 or 10, but into the 10’s of MHz, the frequency band known as Very High Frequency (VHF) in the radio world. Making very high density, high frequency power supplies with sufficient energy efficiency to meet thermal requirements is a significant challenge.

In this presentation, resonant power converter topologies based on class-E inverters will be reviewed. The design challenges of tuning the resonant elements, control, magnetic design, meeting EMI and safety requirements, and packaging for high density will be discussed, along with a vision of the future of high frequency power conversion.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Anthony Sagneri (AKA Tony) is Co-Founder and CTO of FINsix corp, a Menlo Park based startup with the goal of using our technology to build the smallest, lightest, and highest-performing power electronics. Dr. Sagneri also co-founded OnChip Power Corporation and served as its Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Sagneri helped establish the fundamental network principles behind VHF power conversion and designed and built over a dozen high-performance converters. In addition, he established and validated device optimization and transformer synthesis techniques enabling higher efficiency and access to a broader applications space.

Before MIT, he served for five years in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. As a Mission Operations Commander at DGS-2, Beale AFB, he led a team of 70 intelligence operators to 169 collection missions over a number of locations worldwide. He served as a Director of OnChip Power Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer Course. He completed a Ph.D. with the RLE/LEES laboratory at MIT in VHF power.

 We look forward to having you join us. 

 Steve Jordan

Chairman, IEEE, SCV, IAS/PES

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June 9, China’s Energy Future: How Clean, How Fast?

Valerie J. Karplus

MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor of Global Economics & Management

Courtesy of MIT Club of Northern California, Co-sponsored by IEEE PES/IAS of Santa Clara Valley

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Dinner 6:30-7:30pm

Program 7:30-9:30pm

3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304



$45 General Admission                                  

Enter Promotion Code IEEE609 to get $10 discount

Will solar, wind, and nuclear replace coal electricity in China?

Will energy demand continue to grow as China’s economic structure shifts?

What will these dynamics mean for the global energy system and CO2 emissions?

China’s energy system is changing rapidly on many fronts. Slower economic growth is calling into question the need for sustained expansion of the energy supply. At the same time, the structure of the economy is shifting away from energy-intensive, export-led growth in favor of domestic consumption. Severe local air pollution and its public health consequences are creating pressure to reduce reliance on coal, especially in the populous eastern coastal provinces. China has also pledged to mitigate global climate change by reaching peak CO2 emissions by 2030, by reducing CO2 intensity by 60-65% by 2030, relative to 2005, and raising the contribution of non-fossil energy to 20% of the nation’s primary energy mix by the same year.

What do these developments mean for China’s energy system over the next 15 years? Prof. Karplus will discuss what it will take to reach peak CO2 emissions in China by 2030—and why there is a good chance that this peak will arrive early. The presentation will begin with an overview of China’s energy system and the policies and institutions that will influence the nature and pace of a clean energy transition. She will then discuss analysis by the MIT-Tsinghua China Energy and Climate Project on what China’s climate pledge, economic growth and structure transition, and ongoing energy system reforms will mean for the pace and difficulty of achieving a transition to cleaner forms of energy. She will also elaborate on what climate policies focused on CO2 will mean for air pollution and efforts to meet near-term air quality improvement goals.

The presentation will conclude with a discussion of why a clean energy transition will not be quick or easy. Using examples from China’s experience in recent years, she will discuss the on-the-ground implementation challenges that advocates of transition face, including monitoring, reporting, and verification of CO2 emissions data, conflicting incentives, and the need for greater policy coordination. A discussion of the main uncertainties involved will complete this tour de force of China’s energy future

Valerie Karplus is an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She studies resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with a focus on the role of institutions and management practices in explaining performance.

She is an expert on China’s energy system, including technology and business model innovation, energy system governance, and the management of air pollution and climate change. From 2011 to 2015, she directed the MIT-Tsinghua China Energy and Climate Project, a five-year research effort focused on analyzing the design of energy and climate change policy in China, and its domestic and global impacts. Through continuing collaboration with Tsinghua University, she studies the technological and organizational challenges of managing energy and its environmental impacts in China.

She is a faculty affiliate of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Energy Initiative. She teaches Entrepreneurship without BordersNew Models for Global Business, and is currently developing a new course on Global Energy Markets and Policy.  She holds a BS in biochemistry and political science from Yale University and a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.

Questions?  Please contact Douglas Spreng at dougspreng@alum.mit.edu )

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