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E360: Batteries and Beyond - Energy Storage on the Grid of Tomorrow

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We’re continuing E360, our quarterly panel discussion series with a discussion on the future of energy storage. This panel thus aims to explore various storage and demand response options that policymakers and engineers can implement to truly build a sustainable, 21st century grid.

The panel will feature several experts in storage technology, the grid, and energy policy and economics, including Professor Shih Choon Fong, advisor to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and former President of the National University of Singapore and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Dr. William Golove, VP of New Business Development at Amber Kinetics; and Professor Ram Rajagopal of the Stanford CEE Department. The panel will be moderated by GSB alumnus Apoorv Bhargava. We look forward to seeing you there!

Where: Shriram 104, Shriram Center, 443 Via Ortega #129, Stanford, CA 94305

When: Wednesday, May 16th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Food: Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served from 5:30-6:00pm

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Dr. Shih Choon Fong: Dr. Choon Fong Shih is Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds advisory roles with Peking University, and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, among others. Previously, he was President of NUS (2000–2008) and subsequently Founding President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and US National Academy of Engineering, and has received numerous awards including the French decoration Chevalier in the Order of the Legion d'Honneur in 2005. Professor Shih received his MS and PhD from Harvard University, and has made significant contributions to the field of nonlinear fracture mechanics and computational methods for fracture analyses. More recently, he has been a driver of research at NUS and other institutions on energy and environment, particularly on green fuels as energy storage solutions.

Dr. William Golove: Dr. Golove is the VP of Business Development at Amber Kinetics, a flywheel storage company. Throughout his career, Dr. Golove has been responsible for the development of $2B+ of clean energy projects in operation, under construction or in late-stage financing. Before joining Amber Kinetics, Dr. Golove was chief development officer for Trianon Power; Executive Director, Project Development, for Northland Power, Inc.; and the Chief Development Officer for Tri Global Energy. He also worked as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he led development of behind-the-meter energy projects. Dr. Golove holds B.A., M.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

Professor Ram Rajagopal: Professor Rajagopal is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab (S3L), focused on large-scale monitoring, data analytics and stochastic control for infrastructure networks, in particular, power networks. His current research interests in power systems are in the integration of renewables, smart distribution systems, and demand-side data analytics. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an M.A. in Statistics, both from the University of California Berkeley, Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Powell Foundation Fellowship, Berkeley Regents Fellowship and the Makhoul Conjecture Challenge award. Additionally, he has advised or founded various companies in the fields of sensor networks, power systems, and data analytics.

Apoorv Bhargava: Apoorv Bhargava is a 2017 Stanford MS/MBA alumnus of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and will be our panel moderator. He has worked in the energy space for a number of years, first as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, and later as an analyst at OPower and a member of Capricorn Investment Group’s clean energy investment team. He is currently working on a startup and serves as one of the leaders of Stanford Professionals in Energy. In addition to his Stanford MBA/MS, Apoorv holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University.

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