0828: IEEE Milestone Award Ceremony on the Invention of the Conductive Polymer Self Regulation Heater

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Cosponsored by nVent, IEEE Foundation, and OEB IAS

Please join us August 28, 2019 for special award:

IEEE Milestone Award Ceremony for the Invention of the Conductive Polymer Self Regulation Heater

Milestone Presentation by Mr. Jim Jeffries, 2018 IEEE President

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Brad Faulkner, President, nVent

IEEE Sponsor:  Mr. Chet Sandberg, inventor

Location:  nVent, 2501 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 (formerly Raychem)

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 1:00 to 2:00.  Please arrive early to allow time for parking in the Bay Road parking lot.

Advance Registration requiredTo attend, please fill out the registration form at the Eventbrite link above.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis due to limited space, but please register ONLY if you indeed plan to attend.  Please cancel by 8/21 if you find you cannot attend.

More information here

Cost:  Free for IEEE members

Invention of the Conductive Polymer Self-Regulation Heater – 1972

IEEE milestones are sponsored by IEEE History Center and the local section to recognize major inventions or breakthroughs across the globe and across the profession.  The Conductive Polymer Self Regulation Heater was a key invention used to regulate temperature of remote installations with compelling significance to the petroleum industry.  Here is a description of how the Self Regulation Heater works:

How Self Regulating Heating Cable Works This video, courtesy of Raychem, provides a short but informative understanding of how self regulating heat tracing cable (sometimes referred to as “heat tape”) works. Self regulating heating cable is used in industrial processes for pipe and tank temperature maintenance and freeze protection. For more information, contact: Instrument … www.youtube.com

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Mr. Jim Jeffries, 2018 IEEE President

Mr. Brad Faulkner, President, nVent

Mr. Chet Sandberg, inventor

See you there! Steve Jordan

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0918 Bloom Energy: Resilient MicroGrid Architectures for Mission Critical Facilities

Speakers: Rajesh Gopinath, P.E., Slavko Vasilic, and Niru Kumar of Bloom Energy

Location:  Google, Mountain View.  SB65 Border to Border Conference Room

US-MTV-SB65

1365 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94043

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details   or http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/  RSVP:Registration

Cost:  Registration through 9/16/2019:  $15.00 for IEEE members, $20.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $20 members/$25 non-members

Advance description:

Severe weather events such as hurricanes, torrential rains, snowstorms and wildfires are becoming the norm around the world.  The most significant of those risks for a business that relies on electricity to keep its operations running is one that pertains to the availability and quality of power from the utility electricity grid.  At the same time, electricity is a large and growing component of operation costs for many businesses, especially for data centers, hospitals, military establishments, manufacturing plants, office buildings and other facilities. Many of these facilities are choosing to build MicroGrids incorporating on-site power generation technologies and sophisticated load management to achieve resiliency of their power supply as well as advancing corporate goals around sustainability and operational cost reduction.

Topics will include:

  • Advanced MicroGrid architectures and trade-offs in design choices using distributed generation
  • Recent examples of MicroGrid deployments in the data center, healthcare, retail, manufacturing industry
  • Nano Technology used in the solid oxide fuel cell and its reliability

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Steve Jordan

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0710: Surge Suppression Presentation on Updated Reliability and Protection

Please join us July 10, 2019 for: Surge Suppression Presentation on Updated Reliability and Protection

Speaker: Kenneth Pitt, P.E., Siemens TPS3 and FirstSurge Account Manager

Location:  Google, Mountain View. 

1365 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94043

SB65 Border to Border Conference Room

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details   or http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/  RSVP:  Registration

Cost:  Registration through 7/8/2019:  $15.00 for IEEE members, $20.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $20 members/$25 non-members

Description

This presentation is a technical overview providing the attendees with an understanding on why surge protection is a mandatory component of today’s electrical systems power the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. New code changes are now mandating SPDs be included as a standard electrical system component to ensure reliability of electrical distribution equipment and operation.  CEC credits are available for this presentation.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding surges and their mitigation
    • What is a ‘Surge’?
    • How a SPD operates?
  • Standards review and NEC update
    • UL 1449 4th Edition
    • NEC 285
    • NEC 2011, article 708
    • NEC 2014, 700.8
    • NEC 2017, 620.51(E), 645.18, 670.6, and 695.15
    • NFPA 72, 12.2.4.2
    • Florida Building Code – AHCA Requirements (Could impact your area)
  • Surge Protecting Electrical Systems
    • Where to place SPDs
    • Sizing SPDs
    • “True 10” vs. 7 modes of protection

Presenter:

Kenneth Pitt, is a Professional Engineer with over 21 years of experience in providing solutions for power quality related problems, specifically pertaining to electrical surges. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991 from the University of South Florida and is currently the Siemens SPD account manager.  He frequently lectures and teaches courses in identifying, solving, and mitigating surge related power problems.  He is an active IEEE IAS member from Tampa, Florida. 

See you there!

James Alvers

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0602: SILICON VALLEY SMART ENERGY WORKSHOP

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Please join us for: SILICON VALLEY SMART ENERGY WORKSHOP

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessica Bian, IEEE PES Secretary

Location: 250 W Tasman Dr, STE 100, San Jose, CA, 95134

When: 06/ 02/ 2019 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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

RSVP:  Registration

Backup links: greenenergy.eventbrite.com or

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ieee-pes-silicon-valley-smart-energy-workshop-tickets-62023385616

Cost:  No cost for IEEE members

Agenda

12:00 PM-1:30PM Lunch (FREE for registered IEEE members!)

1:30PM -1:40PM Welcome remark by Xiaofeng Zhang, Chair, IEEE PES

China Smart Village Committee

1:40 PM – 2:30 PM Keynote speech by Jessica Bian

TITLE: Regulatory Aspects of Implementing Advanced Technology

2:30PM-2:40PM Tea Break

2:40PM-3:30PM Talk by Di Shi

TITLE: loT and Edge Computing for Power Systems

3:30PM-4:00PM Networking

See you there!

Steve Jordan

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04/17: Energetic Value of Solar PV

Speaker: Eric Mannarino, Arup

Location:  Google, Mountain View.  SB65 Border to Border Conference Room

US-MTV-SB65

1365 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94043

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

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

Cost:  Registration through 4/14/2019:  $15.00 for IEEE members, $20.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $20 members/$25 non-members

RSVP:  Register here

Description

Government incentives and the policies of net energy metering have led to an explosion of solar PV systems throughout the United States over the last couple decades. At its advent, net energy metering marked the pivot point in the adoption of solar PV systems. The large-scale adoption of solar energy has led to the well-known duck curve; excess energy and low energy prices at midday with cost spikes and large ramps in necessary energy production moving into the evening.

Utilities have long complained that solar PV would cause harm to low income customers that could not afford installing PV systems and would be shouldered with the burden of increased rates to pay for utilities’ fixed costs. These factors have caused states such as Hawaii and Arizona to either rescind net metering or impose fixed charges on owners of solar PV systems. These changes to payback incentives for solar are leading to an enhanced marketspace for battery storage systems, especially as an energy arbitrage measure.

The recent uptick of fires, storms, and other disasters has begun to shine a light on the economic importance of resilience for building owners. People who live in recent disaster areas, whether those affected by the fires in northern California, or the hurricanes that have ravaged Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, have had to endure days or months without power in the wake of their respective disasters. Placing a dollar value on a client’s energy resilience is a difficult task but can lead to a better understanding of the true value of solar PV and Energy Storage.

Presenter: Eric Mannarino, Arup

Eric is a registered electrical engineer (CA) working at Arup’s San Francisco Office. His expertise in the field of efficient and resilient energy systems was built through the conception, design, and construction of distributed energy systems, microgrids, and critical power systems for a variety of clients. His project work includes the design of campus scale microgrids, building integrated DER systems, electric vehicle networks, and hyperscale data centers. Eric’s recent research topics include DC microgrids and the application of microgrids to critical infrastructure facilities. He holds an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering as well as a BA in Business Economics, all from the University of California, Irvine.

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Steve Jordan

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