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September 24-27, 2018

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, CA

Technical Symposium Committee


Meet the Committee Chairs

Prof. Rajendra Singh, Professor at Clemson University
Sector: Photovoltaic

Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Automotive Engineering at Clemson University (USA). With proven success in operations, project/program leadership, R&D, product/process commercialization, and start-ups, Dr. Singh is a leading photovoltaic (PV) expert with over 42 years of industrial and academic experience. From solar cells to low power electronics, he has led the work on semiconductor and photovoltaic device materials and processing by manufacturable innovation and defining critical path. His current research and policy interest is to lead the growth of photovoltaic industry by using local direct current power network based on PV and battery in place of conventional alternating current based grid for global electricity infrastructure. He is fellow of IEEE, SPIE, ASM and AAAS. Dr. Singh has received a number of international awards. On April 17, 2014 he was honored by US President Barack Obama as a White House “Champion of Change for Solar Deployment” for his leadership in advancing solar energy with PV technology.

Prof. Jianhui Wang, Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Southern Methodist University/Argonne National Laboratory
Sector: Smart Technologies

Dr. Jianhui Wang is the Section Manager for Advanced Power Grid Modeling in the Energy Systems division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also on the faculty of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Wang has authored and/or co-authored more than 250 journal and conference publications. Dr. Wang also serves as the secretary of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Planning, Operations & Economics committee. Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. His research interests include smart grid and renewable integration.

Dr. Z. Gary Yang, Chief Executive Officer at UniEnergy Technologies (UET)
Sector: Energy Storage

Dr. Yang is a leading scientist and now an entrepreneur in the field of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Gary serves as CEO of UET, which he co-founded in March, 2012. UET is a leader in developing and delivering electrical energy storage solutions that are built upon innovative industrial-grade Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VFRB) systems. UET’ VRFBs use next generation electrolytes, a new approach to container base system design, and highly optimized power electronics and controls, demonstrating long life with practically unlimited cycle life, an inherent safety, high-performance flexibility and competitive value propositions. With the team Gary has assembled, UET has delivered two industry changing products including the Uni.System TM and the Reflex TM that have found applications in the US and internationally at Megawatt (MW) scales with utility, microgrid, commercial and industrial customers.
Prior to 2012, Dr. Yang was a Lab Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the US Department of Energy, where he led the Grid Energy Storage Program in RD&D of varied batteries, including advanced Li-ion, Na-salt, redox flow, etc. Under his leadership, Gary formed and created a multidisciplinary research team, which made significant breakthroughs including the development of a next generation VFRB. Previously, Gary was a Senior Scientist and later a Chief Scientist leading efforts in R&D of planar SOFC, high temperature materials and nanostructured hydrogen storage materials. Gary joined PNNL in early 2001, after 5 years of experience as a materials engineer in the automobile industry.
Gary had extensive education and training from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Connecticut and Jilin University. He is a Fellow of ASM International in recognition of his outstanding contribution to advanced materials and electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Dr. Yang has published over 200 research articles and is an inventor over 50 patents.

Meet the Committee Members

Bill Brooks, Principal at Brooks Engineering
Sector: Photovoltaic

Bill Brooks, PE, is Principal of Brooks Engineering and has over 25 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. He has written numerous technical manuals and articles for the PV industry that are widely used throughout the United States and beyond. He was the lead technical advisor developing the IAEI PV Online Training for Code Officials (PVOT). His publications include the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, and Understanding the CalFire Solar PV Installation Guidelines. Mr. Brooks is an active participant on many national and international codes and standards panels including UL1703 (PV Modules), UL1741 (Inverters), and UL2703 (Mounting Systems) Standards Technical Panels. He represents the Photovoltaic Industry Code Council on Code Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). He recently chaired the NFPA Article 690 Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Article 691-Large-Scale PV Electric Supply Stations, and Firefighter Safety Task Groups for the NEC.

Seth Frader-Thompson, President at Energy Hub
Sector: Smart Technologies

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat® demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.
Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Matthias Heinze, Director Global Division Solar at TUV Rheinland
Sector: Photovoltaic

For 5 years, Matthias has been working in a leading position with the world’s largest Independent Engineering PV business. With major investigative laboratories in the United States, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, India, Hungary. TUV has played a dominant role in this sector of the PV industry. Mr. Heinze has actively engaged with organizations such as the IEC, IEC RE, CEC and CPUC to shape regulations governing the deployment of renewables in general and PV and energy storage technologies in California and worked with various other regulatory bodies (e.g. NYSERDA, SRCC, NREL, OSHA, IECEE, IECRE) in individual states as well as the federal government.
Prior to his involvement with Solar Matthias lead the concept development and implementation of global wireless capabilities at TUV Rheinland, culminating in WiFi, ZigBee, PAN/Smart Grid interoperability services leadership of the company.
Matthias previously held the position of VP Engineering at TUV and Director Technology at TUV Rheinland of North America. The company gained FDA, OSHA and Standards Council of Canada accreditation of TUV RNA (TUV Rheinland is one of the first National Recognized Laboratories).
Matthias is a holder of the IECRE 1906 award.

Terry Jester, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Silicor Materials
Sector: Photovoltaic

Sarah Kurtz, Reliability Group Manager, NCPV Co-director, Research Fellow, PhD at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sector: Photovoltaic

Sarah Kurtz obtained her PhD in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability.
Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012. Currently, she is managing the PV Reliability Group at NREL and working to facilitate the growth of the PV industry through improved understanding of the performance and reliability of PV.

Prof. Dr. Marco Paggi, Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Sector: Photovoltaic

Marco Paggi is Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy, where he is the director of the research unit Multi-scale Analysis of Materials (MUSAM) and he serves as Director's Delegate for Research and Technology Transfer. He is the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant 2012 and an ERC Proof of Concept 2016 by the European Research Council, focusing on reliability and durability of Silicon photovoltaics.
He is member of the Task 13 Committee on Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems of the International Energy Agency, Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS) since October 2014. His research interests span various areas of continuum mechanics with special focus on computational methods for stress analysis of PV modules, fracture mechanics of Silicon, material models, multi-physics simulations and experimental techniques for polymer degradation and ageing.

Sean White, Solar Energy Professor/Consultant/Author at Routledge, IREC, Northern California Solar Energy Association
Sector: Photovoltaic

Sean White was on the NABCEP PV Installer Exam Committee and helped author the NABCEP PV Installer Task Analysis. His courses qualify for all levels of NABCEP PV credits. He is a registered NABCEP Associate exam provider.
Sean White was awarded the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Renewable Energy Trainer of the year. He has taught and certified many thousands of students throughout the world in 20 different countries.
Sean authored the books Solar Photovoltaic Basics, Solar PV Engineering and Installation and Solar PV Technical Sales for Routledge Publishing. He is also writing two other books.

Tim Zgonena, Principal Engineer at Distributed Energy Resources Equipment and Systems
Sector: Energy Storage

Timothy Zgonena - Principal Engineer for Distributed Energy Resources Equipment and Systems. Has worked for UL LLC since 1990. His responsibilities include the development, maintenance and application of UL's certification requirements and delivery of UL conformity assessment services for: Utility grid interconnection systems equipment, inverters and converters, PV BOS equipment, engine generators, wind turbines and wind turbine system components. Tim serves on several Distributed Generation IEEE, IEC and AWEA Technical Committees and he is a member of NFPA 70, NEC Code Making Panel 4. 2012 IEC 1906 Award Recipient.

Troy Chatwin, Director Regulatory Standards at GE Energy Storage
Sector: Energy Storage

Troy Chatwin is an experienced leader in the safety and compliance of stationary and motive energy storage systems sited both domestically and internationally. Bringing with him over 20 years experience in the critical power protection and data center environments, Troy has developed the GE Energy Storage strategies for product safety and compliance covering much of the world. Troy is highly active in setting industry standards and government regulations related to energy storage. He is a member of UL’s Standards Technical Panels for UL 1973 and UL 9540, a Principal on NFPA 855, as well as being a Technical Expert on several US National Committees to the IEC. He has advised AHJs and key regulators such as NYC, Department of Transportation (DOT), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as well as provided input to national policy making decisions. Having led teams to develop and deploy energy systems ranging from corporate data centers in the US to remote villages in the desert, Troy’s unique background provides insights to the world’s markets.

James Ha, Associate Director at Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
Sector: Photovoltaic

James Ha joined the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in 2016 as Head of Asia PV Quality Assurance Center. He directs and scientifically leads research collaboration projects as well as professional services for distributed and ground-mounted Photovoltaics Systems. Mr. Ha previously held several managerial and technical roles at TUV Rheinland Group in multiple locations (Japan, Australia & China). He has been involved in the field of photovoltaics for more than 16 years ranging from solar cells, PV modules and systems through his educational background as well as professional career.

Prof. Stuart Irvine, Centre Director at The Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER), Swansea University
Sector: Photovoltaic

Professor Stuart Irvine is Director of the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) in the College of Engineering, Swansea University and is based in the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph, North Wales; along with the CSER team. Research interests include pioneering work on deposition of thin film materials by Metal-organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD), thin film solar cells and application of advanced thin film materials to the solar energy and opto-electronics industry. This research has led to the publication of over 200 journal and conference publications (H index 32), edited 2 books, authored 8 book chapters, and published 10 patents. The value of awarded grants to Professor Irvine’s CSER team over the past six years has been in excess of £10M.
Professor Irvine is a Chartered Physicist and received his B.Sc degree in Physics from Loughborough University of Technology in 1974, Ph.D in Physical Metallurgy and Science of Materials in 1978, and D.Sc in Physics in 1994, both from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), a member of Materials Research Society, past chairman of the British Association for Crystal Growth (BACG). Professor Irvine was chairman of the Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum (WOF), 1998-2000 and now chairs the PV special interest group. In his role as Chairman he initiated the Opto-electronics Technology and Incubation Centre (OpTIC) in St Asaph and founded the company, Optropreneurs Ltd which managed the project from 2003 to 2008. He was also a founder director of ORS Ltd 2000-2012. From 2004 to 2012 he was Executive Director for the EPSRC funded collaborative research project “PV SUPERGEN”. Current responsibilities include chair of the Institute of Materials Mineral and Mining (IOM3) Energy Materials Group.

Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, Acting Deputy Director at U.S. Department of Energy
Sector: Photovoltaic

Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus is the Acting Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and SunShot Initiative, which work to drive down the cost of solar electricity toward the SunShot 2030 goal of $0.03/kWh and enable increased solar deployment. Previously, Dr. Jones-Albertus was SunShot’s Program Manager for Photovoltaics, where she and her team managed roughly $200 million in funding to the U.S. National Laboratories, academia and industry to improve PV performance and reliability and reduce manufacturing cost.

Prof. Andrea Alberto Mammoli, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of New Mexico
Sector: Energy Storage

Andrea Mammoli is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, and Director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, an organization within the School of Engineering dedicated to research on the integration of distributed energy resources on the electricity grid through system architecture and controls. Mammoli has been active in the field of distributed energy systems since 2005, with projects including solar-assisted HVAC in commercial buildings, building-scale energy storage, distribution-level PV and battery systems, and microgrids, in the context of optimization and controls leading to better economics and enhanced resilience. He conducts research in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others. Mammoli obtained a Ph.D. in mechanical and materials engineering in 1995 from the University of Western Australia, and was Director's Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1995 and 1997 in the Energy and Process Engineering group, prior to joining UNM.

Dr. Lidija Sekaric, Former Director at Solar Energy Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Sector: Photovoltaic

Prior to joining Siemens she served in a variety of executive and advisory roles at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she managed a portfolio across all applied energy programs with recent focus on renewables (solar, wind, water, geothermal) for integrated grid approaches. Her experience also includes serving as Director of the DOE SunShot Initiative where she led the near and long-term solar program strategy.
Lidija has nearly 15 years of strategic experience, technical knowledge and high achievements in industry and government, with expertise in domestic and international energy policy. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, she is a recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy. She holds 30 U.S. patents and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President & MD at Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
Sector: Energy Storage

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar is President & MD of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He leads the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies. Rahul is Executive Director of India Energy Storage Alliance. He was a Board member for Energy Storage Association, USA during 2009-15. In 2014, he was nominated as part of Standing Committee on Energy Storage and Hybrid systems by MNRE. He served as member of national taskforce for renewable integration by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power during 2013-14. Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT and B.E. from Walchand College of Engineering.

Dr. Ajith R. Weerasinghe, Assistant Professor at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno
Sector: Photovoltaic

Dr. Ajith R. Weerasinghe is an assistant professor in mechanical engineering with engineering experience in the industry. He is specialized in solar cells, panels, and systems. He primarily teach to senior year and graduate mechanical engineers. His research includes solar energy technologies, semiconductor material, and recycling of solar modules. He enjoys working with students and collaborating with suitable partners to complement the teaching.
Dr. Ajith R. Weerasinghe also takes part in clean energy promotion activities like presentations to the schools and research groups and through the activities of the solar energy club, Sundogs. Sundogs have projects in energy application, research and community services areas. He also volunteers and promotes the participation of his students to install solar power systems to low-income families in Central Valley, CA.

About Solar Power International

Solar Power International (SPI) generates success for solar energy professionals and the global solar industry. SPI sets the standard for solar events as the fastest growing and largest solar show in North America as recognized by Trade Show Executive and Trade Show News Network. SPI has also been among the Gold 100 for seven years running and named "Stickiest Show Floor" by Trade Show Executive for the innovative ways in which attendees stay engaged. With over 600 exhibiting companies, SPI is the largest solar exhibition in North America.

About Energy Storage International

Energy Storage International, co-located Solar Power International and in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association, paves the way for synergy between energy storage and solar markets. As energy storage increases the power of solar by storing and releasing energy on-demand where it is needed on the grid, both utilities and others can take advantage of increased revenue and customer satisfaction. With over 115 exhibiting companies, ESI is the largest energy storage exhibition in North America.

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