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Your Water Heater will Save the World: Paul Hines

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Wind and solar are now the fastest growing sources of electric energy worldwide. This is great for the climate, but a challenge for the grid since wind and solar come and go with the wind and the sun. Keeping the grid reliable when the weather is changing rapidly is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge. Batteries could help with this, but batteries are expensive. In this talk we will talk about how ordinary energy appliances, like your water heater, can be transformed into valuable energy storage resources that make it possible to keep electricity reliable with enormous amounts of wind and solar energy. ABOUT PAUL HINES Paul Hines is co-founder and CEO of Packetized Energy, a clean tech startup located in Burlington, Vermont. He is also Professor and the L. Richard Fisher chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont, where he co-directs The Energy Systems Laboratory at UVM (TESL@UVM). He is an External Faculty Member at the Santa Fe Institute, and a member of the adjunct research faculty at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. He has worked to solve energy problems in industry and government, including at the US National Energy Technology Laboratory, at the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at Alstom ESCA, and at Black and Veatch. Paul earned a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, respectively.

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

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Monday, December 9, 2019

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