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.


Renewables Meet the New Wave of Energy Storage
A Panel Discussion

San Francisco Bay Area PELS Chapter
and the
Silicon Valley Photovoltaics Society (SVPVS)

Aloke Gupta, Andy Skumanich, and Ejan Petrie

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Dinner and networking
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Talks and Panel Discussion

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

Registration Required!

Admission: $5 (everyone pays at the door). Students and TI'ers: Free

Special thanks to Venue Sponsor Texas Instruments

About the panel discussion:
The incorporation of energy storage into the grid has begun. Various technologies and systems are in place to store the variable electricity provided by solar and wind and allow for a stable distribution to reach the end point. Like many emerging technologies, batteries and energy storage are in the early stages of implementation. The business models are robust and the technology is ready to scale. This discussion will focus on the challenges the industry will face as it grows from a novel technology to a standard practice on the electrical grid. We will focus on the engineering, business and policy concerns related to the growth of storage.

About the Speakers:

  • Aloke Gupta: Aloke Gupta is currently an independent consultant focused on energy storage/cleantech and smart grid spaces. Previously, he was Senior Director of Market Development & Policy at Imergy Power Systems, a developer of turnkey energy storage solutions. Prior to Imergy, he was a regulator at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and focused on developing regulatory policies related to Energy Storage, DSM/DER, Smart Grid, AMI and other areas. While at the CPUC, he was instrumental in key statewide policy initiatives, including the California Energy Storage 1.3 GW deployment target, industry leading statewide rollout of 17M smart meters, landmark customer data privacy and access rules, and innovations in DSM/DER programs. Prior to moving into the energy sector, Aloke's career included developing new product lines and businesses in networking and electronics industries. He holds MSEE/MBA degrees from Stanford and Lehigh Universities, and a BS-Engineering Physics degree from Lehigh.
  • Andy Skumanich, PhD.: Dr. Andy Skumanich is a successful Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur. He is currently CEO and founder of SolarVision Co, which is a technology business development company focused on alternative energy with a core team of technologists. He is a global expert on micro-grids and has participated as part of a team installing greater than 1MW of micro-grids in developing countries. He has been working in the battery and storage sector, both with several battery companies providing strategic business development guidance, as well as exploring potential start-up concepts with some leaders in this sector. Before that he was a staff scientist at IBM Research Labs. He got his PhD from UC Berkeley in Physics with a thesis on thin films for PV and electronics. He is a Hertz Foundation fellow, and is a member of the global renewable energy community, often presenting at international conferences. His peer-reviewed papers include topics on Micro-grids as well as other key technology trends. He is sought after for presentations on micro-grids, and is an on-line instructor for several micro-grid courses.
  • Ejan Petrie: My regulatory experience started in 2005 with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda, CA; where I enforced the IMDG Code and HMR in vessel transportation, performed duties as an explosive handling supervisor, and investigated oil and hazardous materials spills. I left the Coast Guard in 2010 to attain a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Environmental Science. Upon completion, I accepted a position as an Environmental Inspector at the City of San Jose, CA; where I worked until 2014 before accepting a position with the FAA, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety as a Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. I’m currently working for AXH-200, the Standards and Stakeholders Division. My role in AXH-200 is to influence the development of safety policies and international standards that complement U.S. regulations and/or support U.S. aviation programs and initiatives.

  • Congratulations to the SFBAC-PELS Chapter!

    2017 Worldwide PELS Best Chapter Award

    2017 Region 6 Outstanding Chapter

    2017 SCV Section Outstanding Chapter