Show Floor Education

Solar, Storage, and Smart Energy Expo: Northern California features a variety of education sessions and technical training options. Full Conference and Exhibit Hall attendees receive access to attend these sessions located inside the Exhibit Hall. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

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12:10 pm - 12:25 pm

The PSPS Predicament - Can Microgrids help?

Speaker:

Tom Osterman, President of EMerge Alliance, Radium Engineering

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  An opening keynote intended as a "call-to-action' regarding the resiliency of power distribution in California and other areas with unique challenges to power surety.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Technical Training

Flexible Backup Solutions (1 NABCEP Credit)

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Technical Training

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  Prepare for the next grid outage using one of SolarEdge’s flexible backup solutions.  Installation methods and best practices for StorEdge, and how to integrate the new Backup Interface for full home back up. This training will earn you ONE NABCEP Continuing Education Credit.
1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

Streamlining Energy Data, Software Tools for Accelerating Decarbonization

Speaker:

Devin Hampton, CEO, UtilityAPI

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  Solar, Storage, and Smart Energy service providers need energy data to size and monitor their projects, and prove cost savings to their customers. This data is frequently hard to obtain, but UtilityAPI makes accessing the data easy, accelerating the deployment of the clean energy technologies needed for a decarbonized future.
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Automated Clean Energy Development to Enable a Carbon Neutral Future
Speaker:

Kevin Berkemeyer, Co-Founder and CEO, Station AMore Info

 
  Station A automates clean energy development to enable a carbon-neutral future. The platform provides clean energy developers and energy users the insight they need to take any building to zero carbon emissions. This discussion with highlight how leveraging machine learning, providing data and insight at scale, and automating routine tasks shortens the development timeline and drives down soft costs to make clean distributed energy solutions cost-competitive all across the U.S.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Technical Training

Adding Batteries for Savings and Resilience  (1 NABCEP Credit)

Instructor: Paul Dailey

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Technical Training

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  This session outlines the installer and consumer benefits of solar + storage and illustrates appropriate paths for combining backup with ToU or demand charge reduction for residential-scale systems, including how to retrofit existing solar PV systems with an energy storage system. This training will earn you ONE NABCEP Continuing Education Credit.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Doing for Electricity What the Internet Did for Information

Speaker:

Tom Osterman, President of EMerge Alliance, Radium Engineering 

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  Describing the future of distributed energy resources and the use of microgrids in a tiered topology from homes to utility grids and everything in-between.
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Multi-level Mesh Networked Grid of Grids

Speaker:

Gary Oppendahl, Vice President, Emera Technologies

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  The use of local microgrids at the neighborhood and community level in a true dc-coupled mesh network.

Friday, January 17, 2020

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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Technical Training

PV Mounting in Asphalt and Metal Roofs: Code and Best Practices with Roof Tech's self-flashing mounting systems (1 NABCEP Credit)

Instructor:

Mike Dunlap, Sales Director, RoofTech

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Technical Training

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  This session covers Roof Tech's background, product design (RT MINI and APEX), code and best practices. You will learn about a proven system that reduces installation time while keeping the integrity of the roofing system. This training will earn you ONE NABCEP Continuing Education Credit.
11:10 am - 11:30 am

Fleet electrification: growing infrastructure needs and the role of solar and storage

Speaker:

Sila Kiliccote, CEO & Founder, eIQ

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  In this presentation, the vehicle fleet market will be described; and a summary of electrification roadblocks will be provided. Finally, we will focus on a discussion of how large deployments can benefit from solar and storage deployments for charging.
11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Decarbonizing Industrial Processes Beyond Clean Power: Case Study of “Solar Powered Hydrogen” for Ammonia Production

Speaker:

Dan Cohen, EVP, Technology & Operations, Terabase

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  This session reviews the findings of a recent feasibility study co-authored by Terabase Energy, a California-based company digitalizing the solar power plant, and ANT Energy Solutions, an Australian hydrogen engineering firm, for a large scale solar to hydrogen project in Queensland, Australia. This first-of-its kind project aims to produce 24 tons a day of 100% solar-powered hydrogen for Dyno Nobel’s Ammonia Nitrate manufacturing facility. The scope of the study included 1) determination of the necessary solar generation and hydrogen storage capacity required for the hydrogen plant to operate off-grid year-round, 2) pros and cons of centralized vs. distributed DC collection system, and 3) optimal design and technology options to minimize the plant’s Levelized Cost of Hydrogen. The study concluded that a 220 MWp solar facility, paired with hydrogen electrolyzers, could support the Dyno Nobel Ammonia Nitrate manufacturing facility year-round. The proposed solar and hydrogen facility is now slated for a 2021 COD.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Practical Expectations for DERs/Microgrids on Both Sides of the Meter
Moderator:

Tom Osterman, Predsident of EMerge Alliance, Radium Engineering

Panelists: 

Gary Oppendahl, Vice President, Emera Technologies

Wade Hughes, Greenergy and Carbon Offset Program Manager, SMUD

Sara Kayal, Head of Engineering, Shell New Energies

Sharmila Ravula, EMerge Alliance Board Advisor, Consultant

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  Extensible Energy discusses how software is overcoming technical and economic barriers to widespread adoption of renewable energy. Specifically, we will share case studies about how advanced forecasting and controls software makes commercial solar installations more cost effective.
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Inspiring Every Home To Electrify with Clean Energy

Speaker:

Vishwas Ganesan, Yellow Tin

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  Engage and electrify your residential customers. Discover a platform that credibly educates homeowners on solar, storage, heat pumps and EVs while enabling them to combine and compare savings using their personal data. Whether you are an installer, utility or just curious, YellowTin provides a dynamic tool for your residential customers to plan for electrification, creating business opportunities and pathways to reducing their carbon footprints.
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Solar + Storage for Resilience and Reliability during Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Speaker:

Rachel Goldstein, Solar & Storage Analyst, SEIA

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Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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2:05 pm - 2:25 pm How Software is Accelerating the Adoption of Renewable Energy
Speaker: Raine Scott, Product Manager, Extensible Energy
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  Extensible Energy discusses how software is overcoming technical and economic barriers to widespread adoption of renewable energy. Specifically, we will share case studies about how advanced forecasting and controls software makes commercial solar installations more cost effective.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Prospects for Microgrids in California
Speaker: Sharmila Ravula, EMerge Alliance Board Advisor, Consultant
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  An overview of microgrids for the California market, including the latest Title 24, CPUC and CEC considerations.