I hope you enjoyed the last episode with James Pagonis, the Head of Product at PowerHub.

This week on SunCast, I am resurrecting a conversation I had with Brian Patterson, President of the Emerge Alliance, An open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution in commercial buildings.

I met Brian at SPI 2017 after asking around a bit about the microgrid they had built to power an entire section of this enormous tradeshow.  Brian gave me a clinic on the history of microgrids, and if you're at all interested in the evolution and indeed renaissance of DC-powered systems, stick around for today's discussion.

This poster was presented by Brian and Emerge Alliance at Solar Power Int'l 2017

Tune In Today As We Discuss Topics Such As:

  • Why Charles Kettering is actually the father of microgrids 
  • Early microgrids in rural America are a template for the modern era 
  • The work Emerge Alliance is doing to address energy access globally 
  • Creating the "Enernet" - aggregating personal and enterprise-level power networks until we have a "world network" 
  • The DC microgrid Emerge created to power an entire area of SPI 2017 



Links & Resources:

Emerge Alliance

Follow Brian on LinkedIn

Emerge Alliance on Youtube

Presentation by Brian Patterson on "The Enernet"

A great Ted Talk by Paul Savage, one of the Emerge Alliance founders

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