July 10, 2006
Not Too Late (or too soon) for Solar Power
Technologies and Accelerating Market Acceptance Reach a Tipping
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will it take for solar power to make a serious dent in our greenhouse
gas emissions? Does it have the potential? The "inconvenient
truth" of our careless use of petroleum is beginning to come
home, thanks to the efforts of Al Gore and many, many others.
Join us for this exciting update on the state of the solar industry.
What's happening in Germany and elsewhere that is creating such
market demand and widespread acceptance for solar energy? New,
innovative technologies that have reached a hungry market, incentives
and rebate programs to make it more affordable than ever ...
How can we "afford" not to?
We Will Address
Technologies * PV (solar) systems components * Grid Tie/Net
Metering vs. Off Grid/Battery backed up * Architecture of residential
and commercial systems * Financial case for both * Rebates &
tax credits * Much, much more
Tersol, Applied Solar Energy (www.appliedsolarenergy.com)
Nick Gralenski, Chief Scientist, Soleicx (www.solaicx.com);
Sharon Sarris: example of thin-film solar project at Chartwell
Daniel Robin, C3SN Co-founder and managing director, In3 (www.in3inc.com)
us if you wish to present or know someone that should
will feature slide show presentations followed by further examples,
questions and discussion.
Questions and Themes
1. What's new here? What new technologies are bringing solar back
into the competitive energy marketplace?
2. What is the current state of the energy market?
What effect has Germany had on world solar markets?
Here in California, What kind of incentives and rebates exist
for using solar?
Is it possible to profit by selling energy back to PG&E?
Is energy storage a barrier or limitation to solar success on
a massive scale?
3. Are conversion efficiencies improving? Will they ever get better
than 25%? What's happening at NREL's high-performance photovoltaic
project? Are CIGS solar cells the answer? What the heck is a "multi-junction
concentrator" and why should we care?
4. Are there any other emerging technologies in solar that could
revolutionize the industry? What about thin-film?
5. How does utility regulation affect the price consumers pay
for energy? How can we price carbon dioxide and methane into the
market so that the externality is "paid for" as well?
6. Realistically, can solar make a real difference in the current
energy market, or are the high upfront costs too high to reach
widespread acceptance and mainstream markets? What role does government
have? See links below for Disruptive Technologies.
Links, Articles, Resources:
- On Disruptive Technologies: Prof. emeritus, Martin Hoffert,
physics, New York University:
Article on Solar Investing: "Has the solar photovoltaic
market finally reached the tipping point?" See www.in3inc.com/SolarPowerInvesting.pdf
- Article: NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory:
ASES - American Solar Energy Society: http://www.ases.org
- US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alternative
Fuels Data Center (http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc)
- SEIA - The Solar Energy Industries Association: http://www.seia.org
AND PRESENTING COMPANY BACKGROUNDS
Tersol, is a designer/sales engineer for Applied Solar Energy
in Pacific Grove, California, as well as a part-time instructor
at Monterey Peninsula College, teaching physics, oceanography
and programming. He brings with him over 30 years of experience
in the applied sciences. He has worked in an eclectic variety
of researcher/technician positions, consultancy positions, as
well as in multi-media production studios. Tony has been designing
solar systems for more than X years.
Wadsworth, Solar Energy Consultant, adds sales experience
and environmental expertise to REC Solar (www.recsolar.com). With
a degree in Communication and Resource Management from Cal State
Chico, Stewart is passionate about the environmental benefits
of renewable energy.
Stewart has worked for a variety of successful companies such
as Odwalla Juice Company and Webvan as a business manager for
transportation and expansion. As a resident of Santa Cruz, he
takes personal pride and care for the local mountains and shares
his love for natural resource preservation with his family and
friends. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 408-515-1034.
Gralenski, Chief Scientist, Solaicx (http://www.solaicx.com),
is considered one of the worlds leading authorities in the fields
of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) application and high-temperature
furnace technology. He has over 35 years of experience in the
field, has authored numerous publications and has been a featured
speaker at a numerous industry and scientific symposiums. Mr.
Gralenski holds over 35 patents.
Mr. Gralenski was a staff scientist at Watkins Johnson for over
30 years. The company was acquired by Silicon Valley Group, and
subsequently acquired by ASML. He designed, developed and brought
into production a number of fully conveyor-fed, chemical vapor
deposition furnaces, used for the manufacture of digital displays
and other thin-film devices. The Watkins Johnson CVD furnaces
proved to be the company's most profitable product line.
Mr. Gralenski's education was oriented toward physics, mechanics,
chemistry and material sciences. He has strong experience and
skills in developing technology produces products that become
a practical, profitable reality.
Robin, C3SN co-founder, brings more than 20 years executive/board,
financial and venture development experience to clients. Daniel
is principal of Daniel Robin & Associates (ABetterWorkplace.com),
a leadership development, process improvement and training firm
now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Daniel is also founder and
managing director of Integrated Investments International (www.in3inc.com),
a "venture catalyst network," specializing in clean
and sustainable technology, product and service commercialization.
specialty within the cleantech arena has become renewable energy and advanced, renewable
Daniel currently serves on the Board of several In3-funded "cleantech"
ventures and acts as Board secretary for the Sustainability Academy
(sustainabilityacdemy.org), an experience-based educational non-profit
"do, teach, think-tank" accelerating mainstream practice
of innovative solutions for economic success, ecological health
and community benefit.
Daniel received his bachelors in Computer & Information Science
from University of California at Santa Cruz, completed advanced
studies in Marketing and International Business (UC Berkeley),
and earned certificates in coaching and conflict resolution, with
master's level/trainer certificates in NeuroLinguistic Programming
(NLP), ISO 14001 certification, and public speaking. In his spare
time, Daniel and his wife Karin Leonard, write film reviews for
Bay Area Connection Magazine.
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