Tag Archives: Eric Wesoff of GreenTech Media

Dec. 3, 2013 SVForum PWC Electric Cars

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On December 3, 2013 in Palo Alto At Pillsbury Winthrop, SVForum and PWC held a breakfast discussion on the rise of electric vehicles. Alison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury moderated panelists Mark Platshon of Birchmere Ventures, John Suh of Hyundai Ventures, and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media. Some unmanned electric vehicles may fly while many ground vehicles will be self driving. While most will use lithium ion batteries, there are new materials that may be cheaper with more capacity.

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Dec. 4, 2012 SVForum Cleantech 2.0

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum presented “Energy Innovation: Cleantech 2.0 – New Shade of Green.” Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media moderated panelists Drew Clark of IBM, Jai Das of SAP Ventures, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures. They discussed the possible revival of cleantech. Venture capital is declining due to capital-intensive investments, distant ROIs, fading public interest and shifting government policies. New plays are in low hanging fruit like building energy efficiency and cheaper lighting. One Israeli startup is developing smart grid resilience ideas like organizing lithium batteries into Wide Area Network Storage (WANS) in a sort of power cloud ™. Building a power system that recover from any disaster could be attractive to businesses, governments and individuals.

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Dec. 6, 2011 SVForum Solar Trade War China

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Solar Energy: Competition from China and the Solyndra Aftermath.” Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Troy Dalbey of Upsolar, Mark Domine of Enfinity , Kevin Gibson of Solaria, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media.

China now controls two thirds of the $39 billion photovoltaic (PV) solar production global market. China’s flood of cheap subsidized solar materials is at the expense of US manufacturers like Solyndra, despite substantial federal, state and local support. People in the solar industry are now worried that a trade war may break out just as the industry becomes competitive with old energy. Experts think that the money can be made in adding value to the basic systems with installation, monitoring and service. In other words, don’t try to make money from making an iPhone but from the apps.

Greg Smestad Ph.D., Associate Editor of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells was on hand with a number of links to detailed stories on the state of the solar industry. There was so much information it will have to be a separate posting.

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Sept. 21, 2010 WCA Smart Grid Demand Response

On September 21, 2010 in Palo Alto at PARC, WCA Smart Grid SIG presented “Demand Response in the Residential Market.” Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media moderated Aloke Gupta of CPUC, Marcel Hawiger of TURN, Scott Hublou of EcoFactor, Jim Nichols of EnerNOC and Mary Ann Piette of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Demand response is a way to shave off peaks in energy demand. Big and small companies are selling sensors, control systems, and services for intelligent energy systems. The low hanging fruit is in industrial and commercial spaces while costs have not come down for the residential market yet. The big question is whether a system that was originally designed as a one-to-many network can be adapted to a many-to-many network.

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