The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE SFBAC-PELS) is interested in the development of power electronics technology. This technology encompasses the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient electronic conversion, control, and conditioning of electric power.

SFBAC PELS is the winner of three awards in 2017: PELS Best Chapter, Region 6 Outstanding Chapter, and SCV Section Outstanding Chapter.


Residential Battery Storage: The Cornerstone of the Nanogrid and Distributed Power Systems
San Francisco Bay Area PELS Chapter

Dr. Antonio Ginart

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking and light dinner
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Lecture and Q&A

Texas Instruments
Building E Conference Center
2900 Semiconductor Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Registration Required!

Admission: $5 for IEEE members and the general public.
Students and TI'ers: Free

Special thanks to Venue Sponsor Texas Instruments


Renewables and its intrinsic distributed nature is reshaping our power distribution networks. "The Grid" transformation toward the "Smart Grid" implies a fundamental structural changes that faces simultaneous many challenges from environmental and regulatory groups and government agencies to name a few. Grid utilization can be significantly improved and optimized through the deployment of distributed networks of microgrids and nanogrids that include energy storage. This helps drive down the overall cost and improve the reliability of electrical power distribution systems for all of us.

This presentation will cover the definition of a residential nanogrid, its operational mode such as grid-tied and stand alone, types of Nanogrids (AC or DC) and the fundamental role that energy storage play on it. It will explain the benefits, risks, technical challenges, economic drivers, and regulatory hurdles for the broad adoption of residential nanogrids, along with a roadmap of how battery storage and power electronics will play a major role in the future.

About the Speaker:

Antonio E. Ginart received the B.Sc. and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela in 1986 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001.

He has over 30 years of experience in power electronic drives, motors and industrial controls. He was an Instructor, Assistant Professor, and later Associate Professor at Simon Bolivar University from 1989 to 2002. He was consultant for Aureal Semiconductors, Inc. in power amplification from 1999 to 2000, where he pioneered the effort to develop Class AD amplifiers. He was a senior lead engineer at Impact Technologies ( Sikorsky Innovation), where he developed intelligent automated monitoring systems for electrical and electronic equipment used for industrial and military applications. Some highlights of his efforts at Impact Technologies are the development of dynamic degradation progression models and methods for MOSFET and IGBT devices, and the development of fault tolerant techniques for extended operation of power controllers in modern power systems. At SolarMax, he was a lead R&D engineer where he developed solar inverters with innovative topologies and controls aimed to delivering reliable and economical solar energy to the smart grid. Currently, he was principal R&D engineer at Sonnen inc, working in developing residential and commercial battery storage systems to empower alternative power generation, stabilized the grid and enable energy independence. Now he is with Smartwires working in innovative solution for controlling power flow in the power transmission grid.

Dr. Ginart is a senior member of the IEEE and Affiliate Faculty Member of the College of Engineering of University of Georgia and adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University. He also has served as principal investigator for several NASA/DOD SBIR grants. His research has led to over 70 publications and Patents.

Congratulations to the SFBAC-PELS Chapter!

2017 Worldwide PELS Best Chapter Award

2017 Region 6 Outstanding Chapter

2017 SCV Section Outstanding Chapter