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October 29, 2007

Mtg: Consulting in the Solar Power Age

by @ 3:01 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY November 13
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Miguel Gomez, ActSolar
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Miguel Gomez will review the different segments of the solar power industry, and will then outline the technology challenges that enhance or limit the market growth of each segment. As cost, efficiency and reliability are the most important considerations for creating a successful product, Miguel will look at how trade-offs are made regarding the following technologies:
* Thin film technology vs. mono and poly-silicon
* Solar concentrators
* Inverters for power conversion
Miguel will then discuss how technology consultants can participate in the following aspects of the solar power industry:
* Inverter design and development
* Solar panel design
* Product certification
* Trends in system management
* New regulations for power generation and accounting

About the Speaker
Miguel Gomez has 23 years of experience in hardware and software design in the networking and storage industries. He is also highly skilled in the use of microelectronics simulation software and Verilog coding for digital switching, optical encoder and semiconductor memory systems.
Miguel started consulting in 1989 as a technical writer, and this work evolved into an engineering specialty in FPGA prototyping and FPGA-to-ASIC conversion. It also led to his co-founding three start-up companies (including ActSolar), as well as work as an expert witness in seven patent cases. Miguel was well received as one of the panelists in our October Networking for Consultants panel discussion.

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