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Student Meeting w/REIL Members and REIL Members Public Presentations

March 29, 2013 | 10:00AM
Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven

10:00-11:30 a.m.        Workshops for the Yale Community

11:30-12:30 p.m.        Lunch

12:30-2:00 p.m.          Public talks on Innovation and Energy, Direct Current Microgrids and  Linking Energy, Climate, Water and Land Each talk will be 20 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Workshops -- 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Innovation and Energy – Kroon 319

Tens of billions have been invested in global cleantech industries, yet the world still waits for emerging energy technologies to take hold at scale, providing a clear signal that a new energy era is viable, much less in our near future. This open workshop will explore the challenges to, and opportunities for, innovation in our global energy systems; with specific emphasis on the institutional barriers to change and the role customers andchanging customer behaviors may have on inspiring transformation in how we produce and consume energy.  

The session will be moderated by Ned Harvey of the Rocky Mountain Institute andwill refer to the institute's recently published book Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era.  For background on Reinventing Fire please visit

Where They Are, and Where They are Going: Direct Current (DC) Microgrids – Kroon 321

DC Microgrids are a foundation for opportunity in the poorest nations; a better renewable power integration platform in growing economies; and, they provide better power utilization overall for Big Data.  This global trend was foreshadowed by the work of Thomas Edison and the historical of successes of NASA's satellites and the Bell System.  This open presentation explores the current momentum in DC power systems' adoption moderated by the co-founders of the EMergeAlliance, the first effort to advance DC power standards globally, and a representative from Intel's Energy Lab.