I hope you enjoyed my last episode with Mark McLanahan where we discussed Asset Management + O&M.

Today on SunCast, we continue our Solar + Storage series with an industry executive who has spent quite a bit of time running power conditioning companies - names you've heard of like Xantrex, AE, First Solar and Eaton.

Chris Thompson has seen it all when it comes to power control systems being implemented in today's advanced energy architecture.
He's here today to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.


Tune in Today as we Discuss Topics Such As:

  • How Xantrex pivoted their power business post-Enron.
  • Key Differences between the solar and storage markets.
  • How companies can achieve what Chris has coined "Free Charging" with storage.
  • How solar will benefit from the electrification of the automobile industry.

We get deep, we even get a little nerdy, but I learned a lot about Chris and his work to bring storage and power electronics innovations to market and to scale.

Links & Resources:

Is the Sun Setting on Gas Peaker Plants? 10 Reasons Why Battery-based Energy Storage is Better Than A Peaker Plant

Another great article on the "end" of Natural Gas, by Danny Kennedy of CalCEF

Blockchain Is Reimagining the Rules of the Game in the Energy Sector

Books Mentioned:

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business - Clayton Christensen

About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets. The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

or by email nico@mysuncast.com

Thanks again for setting aside THIS time in your day. Enjoy this week’s episode of SunCast, with Chris Thompson.