1/17/18 Solar MicroGrid Battery Showdown: New Location

Join us January 17th 2018 for a presentation & discussion on

Solar and Storage for Off Grid applications

Speaker: Joe O’Connor, Mercedes Benz Energy and Author of Off Grid Solar

Excellent practical discussion on battery costs in a solar MicroGrid

Location:  Mercedes-Benz Research & Development

309 N. Pastoria Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Click here for picture of the main entrance on Hermosa Ave near Pastoria; the event will be in the cafeteria to the right of the spinning Mercedes logo

 When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/

RSVP:  Registration required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-microgrid-battery-showdown-tickets-41665994110

Cost:  Registration through 01/15/2018:  $20.00 for IEEE members, $25.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $25 members/$30 non-members

In his talk, Joe O’Connor will discuss the importance of solar microgrids in the future, particularly focusing on the technology of solar photovoltaics (PV) and Lithium-Ion battery storage. The solar energy industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade. In the past few years, the cost of Energy Storage has decreased significantly helping with the intermittency of renewable energy. Paired together, solar and energy storage create the opportunity to have self-sustaining solar microgrids, which are proving to be extremely cost effective in many regions. Places that lack nearby abundant fuel sources for power plants, such as islands, are prime markets for solar microgrids. As part of the discussion on the importance of microgrids in a clean energy future, Joe will also share a case study on solar microgrids in Virunga National Park in the Congo.

Biography:  Joe O’Connor is Senior Application Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Energy and author of Off Grid Solar: A handbook for Photovoltaics with Lead-Acid or Lithium-Ion batteries. Seeking to amplify his impact after over a decade of traveling to remote places to install solar, Joe decided to share his knowledge and experience in solar energy systems by writing a book. Joe has built off grid solar energy systems in the U.S., Haiti, Nepal, Portugal, Guatemala, and most recently in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. To learn more about his work in Congo, click here to read SolarCity, Tesla, and Virunga, Building Solar Micro Grids for the guardians of Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse national park.

Joe has over 15 years of product design and engineering experience and has worked in the renewable energy industry in San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. His consulting background includes solar system design, energy efficiency, and product development.

Joe has a master’s in Manufacturing Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and was selected as a recipient of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship.

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See you there!

Steve Jordan


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