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This is the second of a series of seminars on Energy Storage. Over 60 people attended our first seminar in January 2018. In this seminar, we have three speakers. The first speaker is Dr. Fan Dai, Speical Advisor to Governmor Edmung G. Brown. Dr. Dai will talk California - China Clean Tech Partnership; The second speaker is Vic Shao, Founder and Chairman of ENGIE Storage, formerly GreenCharge. He will talk about clean energy enterpreneurship. The third speaker is Mizhi Zhang, Managing Director of North America Region at Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Suppl Co. CIE Power & Energy Technical group teams up with several other organizations to host this seminar.

In mid-May 2017, California broke a record on one day with 67% of its power being generated by renewable sources of electricity on the portion of the grid controlled by the CAISO. While this is a major achievement, sustaining this level of renewable power generation from a variety of sources is a challenge. Energy storage is now emerging as an essential electric utility resource to effectively enable higher penetration levels of variable renewable generation resources. In California, in response to RPS mandates for increased renewable penetration, Assembly Bill 2514, in conjunction with CPUC rulings, has called for 1.3 GW of flexible energy storage to be incorporated into the energy mix by the three California IOUs during the next few years.

Speakers:

Fan Dai, Ph.D., Special Advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown;

Vic Shao, Founder and CEO of ENGIE Storage, formerly GreenCharge;

Mizhi Zhang, Managing Director of North America Region at Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co, Ltd (Sungrow-Samsung SDI Joint Venture).

Date: April 28, 2018, Saturday

Time: 12pm – 1pm: registration, lunch, & networking;

1pm – 3pm: Talks from speakers;

3pm – 4pm: Panel discussion;

Venue: 250 West Tasman Dr, San Jose, CA, 95134

Host organization:

North America Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA);

US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC);

Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE)

Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE) – North American Chapter


Fan Dai, Ph.D., Special Advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown;

Talk Title: California-China Clean Tech Partnership


Fan Dai, Ph.D., has been appointed as special advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr since March 2017. Dr. Dai advises the Governor on China and overseas State of California’s China portfolio, include bilateral relationships, public policy, innovations, trade and investment.

Dr. Dai executed the Governor’s trip to China in June 2017, resulted in successful meetings with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese Senior Leaders, as well as the new era of California-China Clean Energy Partnership consists of a U.S.-China Climate Institute, a network of CA-China Clean-tech Innovation centers, and a consortium of California-China Clean Energy Funds.

Before joining the Governor’s Office, Dr. Dai was the Climate Change Adviser to Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Secretary, and the Specialist on International Relationship and Business at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development since 2014. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California, and holds a doctoral degree on Environmental Policy and Economics from State University of New York.

Vic Shao, Founder and CEO of ENGIE Storage, formerly GreenCharge

Talk Title: Clean Tech Entrepreneurship

Abstract: "Entrepreneurship is hard, and starting a clean energy business is a truly daunting undertaking. Unlike a pure-play software startup, cleantech carries inventory, cost-of-goods-sold, and even project debt. Vic will speak about his own entrepreneurial journey over 8 years leading Green Charge Networks / ENGIE Storage and the state of the energy storage business today."

Bio: Vic Shao is the founder and Chairman of ENGIE Storage formerly Green Charge. Over the course of nine years, Vic grew the company from an idea all the way to successful acquisition in April, 2016 by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world. Prior to Green Charge, Vic held management positions at various enterprise cloud computing companies, including Oracle. Vic holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an engineering degree from the University of Virginia.

Mizhi Zhang, Managing Director of North America Region at Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co, Ltd (Sungrow-Samsung SDI Joint Venture).

Mizhi Zhang, currently holds the position of Managing Director of North America Region at Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co, Ltd (Sungrow-Samsung SDI Joint Venture). Before he took the assignment to lead the energy storage business unit of Sungrow, he was the CEO of Sungrow North America from 2012-2017. Joined Sungrow in 2012 with a background in leadership in areas including R&D, product development, and project management, Mizhi successfully led Sungrow PV inverter business from a new entrant to a GW player in Norther America. Before joining Sungrow, Mizhi was the engineering manager at Satcon Technologies Corporation where he successfully helped to launch PowerGate and Equinox series products that once had the largest market share in the utility market in the US. Mizhi is a Professional Engineer and holds a M.A.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.


About North America Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA): The North American Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA) is a non-profit organization serving Chinese electric power professionals in the North America. We provide networking and professional training opportunities to power professionals in power utilities, regulators and vendors. We also bridge business entities with potential customers in industrial, academic, consulting and other organizations. NACPPA has four local chapters at Bay Area, South California, Texas and Northeast. More information can be found at NACPPA website, http://www.nacppa.org


About the US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC): UCGEC is a non-profit organization headquartered in the Silicon Valley, California. Its mission is to promote and strengthen U.S. and China collaboration in Green Energy by facilitating high impact clean-tech collaborative initiatives and projects between the U.S. and China and serving as a platform for the integration of policy, business, investment, and R&D projects for the two countries. The UCGEC includes six Task Forces such as Smart Grid, Green Building and Eco-City, Renewable Energy, Green IT, Clean Transportation,and Green Investment. Each task force is co-lead by the top business leaders and senior experts in this field in both US and China. More information about UCGEC can be found at http://www.ucgec.org/.


About Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE): CIE is the oldest and most prestigious Chinese-American engineers association in the U.S. It was founded in 1917 in New York by a group of Chinese engineers and engineering students then studying and training in the U.S. Currently CIE has 7 chapters in the US; San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is one of them. CIE/USA also sponsors two large scale engineering conferences, held bi-annually since 1966 in Taipei and 1993 in Beijing. Starting in 2002, CIE hosts the Asian-American Engineer of the Year Award as part of the National Engineering Week activity. CIE-SF chapter holds many seminars, symposium, soft skill trainings, and annual conference, each year. More information about CIE-SF and our recent events can be found at our website, http://cie-sf.org/


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