TAG Smart Energy Goes Back to the Future: Society Luncheon to present the Extraordinary Promise of DC Microgrids

ATLANTA (October 21, 2014) –The Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society will host a luncheon focused on DC Microgrids at Club e in College Park on October 30th.  Speakers will include Guerry Waters, Vice President, Oracle Utilities; Sol Haroon, Director of Energy Services, IP Utilinet; and Clemson University Professor Rajendra Singh, a 2014 White House Solar Energy “Champion of Change.”

Direct Current (DC) microgrids are a system of local power generation using solar, wind or other renewable sources with transmission through an individual’s own micro or nanogrid.  This concept was originally promoted by Thomas Edison when he commented to Henry Ford, “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide.”

Today an individual DC microgrid can run in parallel with the traditional AC (alternating current) grid or in isolation from it.

Club e, a business incubator, is completing the installation of their DC microgrid and will be ready to show it off following the luncheon.  IP Utilinet helped Famous Joe’s of Buford, GA install a DC microgrid.

DC microgrids avoid most transmission and distribution losses associated with the AC long-distance transmission system and eliminate the waste associated with conversion from AC to DC.  DC power runs many of today’s essentials:  LED lights, computers, televisions, variable-speed motors and countless other consumer electronics.  Some estimate that most of the electricity used in commercial buildings is DC.

Attendees of the luncheon will hear experts tell boots-on-the-ground stories about installations in Georgia schools, businesses and homes, hear the electric utility perspective on DC microgrids, understand the policy challenges to widespread adoption and have your questions answered.

Club e, 3707 Main Street, College Park, GA  30337 on Thursday, October 30 from 11:30-1:30.  A catered lunch is included in the $30 registration.  Check-in starts at 11:15.  Lunch will be served at 11:30.  The presentation will start at noon.

Registration at http://bit.ly/SmartEnergyEvent or visit our TAG Smart Energy website.

The Smart Energy Society is sponsored by Oglethorpe Power and Deloitte.  This event is sponsored by IP Utilinet.

For more information, please contact: Joseph Santoro at Joseph@tagonline.org 

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 24,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.


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