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Internet of Energy: Workshop and discussion at GRID Alternatives

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GRID Alternatives

1171 Ocean Avenue


Oakland, CA 94608

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Enter the Internet of Energy! Energy storage technology has evolved to become way more than backup power. Combining rapidly evolving battery (energy storage) technology with contemporary software intelligence has opened new opportunities in networked energy services for both residential and commercial utility customers.

Participants should come with a basic understanding or interest in learning energy storage. We will discuss a variety of aspects of the emerging Internet of Energy including:

  • Basics of Energy Storage: the relationship between power and energy, how storage relates to renewable energy, buildings, the grid, electric vehicles, and everything as an energy asset

  • The "Big Build": show various ways networked energy storage can support all sides of the grid including Mega-Charger infrastructure for electric cars, trucks, and ships

  • Blockchain Financing & Operations: explore new business models for energy storage enabled by blockchain and smart contracts

  • From Savings to Makings: learn about the prosumer benefits of using solar + storage to become both a producer and consumer of energy


Check in and networking 5:30pm - 6pm
Discussion 6 - 7:30pm
Optional Happy Hour at Rotten City Pizza 7:30pm

About the Presenter

Ryan Wartena
Founder and President, Geli

Dr. Ryan Wartena is a Co-Founder and President of Growing Energy Labs, Inc (Geli). Dr. Wartena directs the Vision, Strategy, and Articulation of GELI’s business and products including the Geli EOS (Energy Operating System) to deploy an Internet of Energy. Prior experience includes developing Li-ion battery architectures and materials, designing and patenting novel energy systems, and integrating energy storage systems into the grid. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC, he set up a battery development and testing laboratory and worked on energy harvesting and micro battery technologies. His development of micro- and nano-batteries continued at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he helped drive the scientific team that introduced the world’s first self-assembled battery. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2001.


What is GRID Alternatives?

GRID Alternatives (GRID) is the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, serving exclusively low-income communities. GRID also partners with job training organizations and individual job seekers to provide training in installing solar both in a real-world setting and in the classroom under the leadership of knowledgeable GRID staff.

What are Thursday Nights like at GRID Alternatives Bay Area?

Starting in January of this year we've started offering Workshops and Discussions on the same nights that we host Volunteer Orientations. This allows for more of our participants to get to network and meet each other, as well as open up additional ways to get involved with GRID. If you'd like to participate in a real-world GRID Alternatives Solar PV installation, attending an Orientation is a requirement.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age requirement to enter the event. The post-workshop happy hour is open to all participants, though only those 21 and over may purchase alcoholic beverages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Location: GRID Alternatives (1171 Ocean Ave, Oakland, CA 94608). We will be using the entrance via our Ocean Avenue doorway. There is an entrance on Marshall Ave that is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if stairs are a barrier so we can accomodate training space accordingly.

Parking: You can park in our warehouse lot or find street parking.

Public Transportation: The closest BART is MacArthur. From MacArthur you can take the Emery-Go-Round (free shuttle) to Hollis and 64th. You can also take the 57 Bus towards 40th St, get off at 40th and San Pablo Ave, and take the 72 Bus towards Hilltop Mall and get off at Alcatraz and San Pablo Ave. The closest BART (walking distance) is Ashby.

What can I bring into the event?

Pen, note pad, and reusable water bottle.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at trainingba@gridalternatives.org

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