9.08.2017

183 EVs at Grapevine Mills Mall today (Sep 9, Sat 10am - 12pm)


183 Electric Vehicles of 20 different models - ranging from Tesla to Zero Motorcycle - will be at Grapevine Mills Malls today between 10am to noon.

Proud owners of these EVs volunteer to bring their vehicles, share their EV stories, answer questions, and may let you test drive!


I drive Prius C - hybrid, which is not an EV, because it is one of the most fuel efficient, reasonably priced, dependable car that let me have the mobility I want / need in Dallas area.

But, I've been wanted to switch to clean energy vehicle for years. 

Like many others, I stood in line on the first day Tesla opened Model 3 reservation to put my deposit down. I also have been waiting for autonomous driving capabilities for ages. (Did I tell you I don't enjoy driving, but I happen to love going places.)  
I will likely get a Model Y, the compact SUV, I've been wanted, as Tesla had decided to speed up their production. 

As more auto makers will bring clean energy vehicles into the market in coming years, we want to learn more about EV. 
Learning from the current owners, at the event like tomorrow's, is one of the best opportunity to do so.

Hope many of you can join!

1.15.2017

SpaceX launch, IKEA visit, and my contribution


Yesterday was a good day. 
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched and returned beautifully. 
NTREG's sustainability field trip to IKEA I planned and lead went well.


Watching SpaceX's launch event live makes me giddy, every time. When they were developing Grasshopper (reusable rocket testing vehicle), I went to SXSW 2013 just to listen to Elon's keynote. He treated us by showing the first ever video footage...a rocket shot up, and stopped midair, then came down to land softly straight back on the launchpad intact.



I rarely miss their launch livestreams. They excite me. Watching them makes me glad and proud that I am alive here and now. I thank for all those super smart and dedicated people at SpaceX and NASA. Yes, I love rockets and SpaceX's mission, but there is really nothing I can contribute other than cheering and thanking.


On the other hand, there is something I can do to promote clean technology and sustainability. As a co-program chair at NTREG (North Texas Renewable Energy Group), I reach out to experts in the field and put together programs for our monthly meetings to educate the masses.


A few months ago, we had an energy storage expert as our speaker. Next month, we will welcome a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) finance specialist. Each meeting attracts roughly 50 to 70 participants, many of them are experts in the fields themselves, some are passionate about energy and others are just curious.


Yesterday, we visited with IKEA's sustainability team and toured their facility. Their Frisco store has 3,780 solar panels on top of their roof, which produce roughly 35% of their annual electricity usage. Their PV system had been installed several years after the store opened. However, IKEA is now committed to cover every roof of their new stores with solar PVs. They also own wind farms. Store's lightings are all LED. Along with many other energy efficient measures IKEA has been taking, they aim to be carbon neutral by 2020.


Becoming energy and resource efficient is great for business. They reduce cost, improve productivity and revenue.


In my household, I have been learning and implementing small scale energy efficient measures for years. Results have been good and I'm happy with them. But, one household makes just a tiny difference. I started to share the knowledge to my clients at the time. The effects were small. To make bigger impact, I started to work with groups like Plano Solar Advocates and NTREG. We made slightly bigger impact. But, it quickly dawned on me that the real big difference comes when businesses take on it either by changing their business practices and/or creating sustainable products we can use.


Many large corporations, including IKEA, have been aggressively working on this and have witnessed their bottom line improved. I will continue to volunteer when time/energy allows, however my top priority for this year is to improve my work and career. If any sustainability and efficiency improvement tasks can be incorporated into my role, that would be a great first step for me to start contributing in a larger scale.


11.06.2016

Advanced Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage - Speech by Dr. H. Frank Gibbard, Ph.D.



I have been waiting for this coming Saturday, the 12th.

NTREG (North Texas Renewable Energy Group) will host an incredible speaker, a battery and energy storage expert, Dr. H. Frank Gibbard, Ph.D., at our November meeting.

Ever since becoming a co-program manager of NTREG, I've been dreaming to have energy storage experts at our program. I was super thrilled that Dr. Gibbard had agreed to speak for us. 

 
Our meetings are free and open to public. Bring your family and friends and join us this coming Saturday morning.


Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Details: NTREG Events


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North Texas Renewable Energy Group
November 12, 2016
Advanced Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage”
Presented by:
H. Frank Gibbard, CEO
Devens, MA
ABSTRACT
In the past few years the demand for large-scale energy storage has increased for several applications, including renewables integration, ancillary services, arbitrage, grid asset optimization and T&D deferral.

Although several mechanical systems, such as flywheels, pumped hydro and compressed air, have been demonstrated for specific ranges of power and energy, battery systems offer the widest range of applications for energy storage.

Since traditional batteries such as lead acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride fail to meet the demands for cost, lifetime, reliability, efficiency or environmental suitability, advanced battery systems have been proposed, developed and demonstrated for large-scale energy storage. These include lithium ion, sodium metal and flow batteries, as well as several new systems which either are limited to niche markets or are an early stage of development.

This presentation will describe the advantages and limitations of several of the principal contenders for large-scale commercialization, with emphasis on redox flow batteries as the most likely to achieve demanding requirements for lifetime and cost.


BIO

DR. H. FRANK GIBBARD
CEO, CTO & Co-Founder

Dr. Frank Gibbard is a seasoned executive in the field of electrochemical power systems. He has managed battery and fuel cell activities at levels of responsibility ranging from senior scientist to Vice President R&D and as the Chief Executive Officer of two publicly-owned NASDAQ companies — H Power Corp, an early-stage PEM fuel cell company (now Plug Power Inc.); and Altairnano, a lithium ion battery company.

Frank holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an internationally recognized leader in energy storage and power generation. His technical experience includes directing and carrying out work on primary and rechargeable batteries, including the following: lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, alkaline manganese oxide; alkaline zinc air; high-rate and reserve lithium thionyl chloride; lithium sulfur dioxide; lead acid; flowing-electrolyte redox; zinc bromine; high-temperature molten salt rechargeables; and thermal primaries.


As CEO of H Power Corp., a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell company, Frank grew the company from 17 employees to more than 200 and led its IPO to raise more than $100 million in public equity capital. He has published and presented more than 100 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings, and battery handbooks.


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7.05.2016

Fourth, Fireworks, NASA, and Google

Today is Fourth of July.

I stepped out the door, walked multiple yards, lay flat on the grass, and watched huge fireworks right above my head. 

Walked back up and saw NASA's Juno successfully entered Jupiter's orbit after traveling 5 years from the earth.

Then, saw Google changed its doodle to this!

They all made me smile. I feel so lucky to be alive here and now. 

3.02.2016

悲しい知らせ


11年前、今の家に越して来た直後から、とっても仲良くしてもらってきたお隣さんは、ふたりとも90歳前後の素敵なご夫婦。そのおばさまが、今日亡くなった。


昨夜、私が外で友人と夕飯を食べている間に、救急車で病院に運ばれたらしい。

今朝、仕事に行く前にドアをノックしてみたけれど、誰も出なかった。

昼間に、LAにいる主人から電話が来て、家族が集まったらライフサポートを切ることになりそうだと聞いた。

夕方仕事から帰ってすぐお隣に行くと、子供たち(私と同世代)が、既にほぼ全員集まっていた。おじさまや、ご夫婦の娘や息子と抱き合ってひとしきり泣いた。

今日の午後2時位に、ライフサポートを切ったそうだ。


90歳前後とは言え、普通の一軒家に自分達で住み、食事も掃除もちゃんとやるどころか、いつ行っても、家中ピッカピカ。料理を作るお鍋やなにやら、もう50年か60年か使っているとかいうのもたくさんあり、物も人も、暖かく扱い、大切にする人達だった。

ふたりとも、サウスキャロライナ出身で、テキサスに長く住んでいるものの、まさにサザンホスピタリティを絵に描いたような。。。それに、60何年連れ添っているのに、時々、傍で見ていて微笑ましくなるような、ジョークまがいの言い合いをしたりで、ふたりとも、なにかこう、ギュッとハグしてしまいたくなるような、可愛らしい人達だ。


4人いる子供の内一人は州外にいるけれど、後は皆、車で15分以内の所に住んでいて、割と頻繁にみんなやって来るので、私たちも息子や娘たちだけでなく、孫も皆知っていて、家族全員と仲が良い。

この前のクリスマスは、私の家族は皆バラバラで、一人だけだったのを、きっと寂しいだろうと、自分たち家族(孫まで入れて総勢16人)のクリスマスに呼んでくれた。

この週末は、娘二人とショッピングに行っていたとかで、医者通いはするものの、まだまだ元気だったのに。


またひとしきり思う。
何が大事なのかな。。。自分に残された時間をどう過ごそうか。。。と。




2.29.2016

DiCaprio speaks out for climate change action at Oscar



"Be who you are and say what you believe (feel), because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

Congrats DiCaprio for the Oscar. Thank you for speaking out for us all.