Talks & Lectures
13 Mar 2019
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Energy Storage

Sustainability Seminar Series

Shihab Kuran

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on March 13 with the talk "Energy Storage" by Shihab Kuran of Power Edison.

Energy storage is commonly referred to as the holy grail of the energy sector. Finding ways of deploying energy storage in an economical fashion would give way to increased renewables installations and will accelerate the path towards a clean energy future. Energy storage systems are extremely versatile and can perform more than 20 services both on-grid and off-grid. Innovation in this field is still required across the value chain. From technologists to regulators the stakeholders are working on making energy storage a cornerstone of our energy future.

Kuran is an investor, serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive in the global semiconductor, power and cleantech sectors. He founded and ran several private companies and served as an executive/board member at six public companies. In the cleantech space, he founded and ran Petra Solar where he developed leading-edge technologies and launched the largest solar electric project in the world in 2009. Kuran founded and is currently the CEO of Power Edison, a mobile utility-scale energy storage system developer based in NJ. Prior to that, Kuran served as the president of strategic development at NRG. Before joining NRG, he served as the president of advanced solutions at SunEdison. He was named by Greentech Media as one of the "100 people you must know in Smart Grid in 2012." In 2011, he was named by NJBIZ as one of "The 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business," and his company, Petra Solar, was awarded the American Technology Award in both Smart Grid and Clean Tech. In 2010, E&Y recognized him as the NJ Green Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and Fortnightly Magazine named him as a "top guru" in the solar industry. He serves on the advisory boards of the Charles Edison Fund, the Edison Innovation Foundation. He served as a board member of the NJTC, advisory board member at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at FDU and an external advisory board member of Rutgers Innovation Park. Kuran holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the City University of New York and an executive management degree from Harvard Business School. He is an inventor and has published more than 40 papers.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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