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Someday, an Auto Company Will Double Its Sales by Selling Electric Drivetrains to Buildings

By Paul Savage Ten years ago, hybrid automobiles hit the road. While they aren’t yet sprouting up everywhere today, their little brother start/stop is. That continuing trend will create an opportunity for an automobile manufacturer to address the new market segments that David Crane is talking about. This changing utility model includes the battery management systems, charging and solar PV interfaces that Robyn Beavers is blazing a trail for.

What’s really interesting is that these components are all strikingly similar to the electronic components now included in your Ford Fusion,  FiatUSA’s 500 or GM’s Chevy Volt or Spark. And yet there are no parts in common between the mobile and stationary worlds. It doesn’t need to be this way.

None of this is news to the EMerge Alliance members who are working towards greater interoperability and parts commonality between these markets. But a big auto manufacturer hasn’t jumped in yet. Only a smaller one, Tesla Motors, has been making progress in this area. Tesla has many of the elements in place, and the cross-holdings of Elon Musk in SolarCity suggest he’ll be hunting for the largest possible market for these electronic platforms, along with the many batteries he wants to build for them. Amory Lovins has famously said there’s an enormous oilfield under Detroit, referring to the value waiting to be unlocked through more efficient vehicle design. Maybe there’s a car in every building just itching to get out and show how it can help too.

This is dramatic cross-silo thinking. I want Ernest Moniz to have a go-to guy in charge, and the Department of Energy Press Secretary to toot the American Ingenuity Horn about how the path to our future energy grid can run right through Motown. The autos have the justified reputation for reliability and cost containment – let’s pay them back by opening up a market to their skills that’s three times the size of their addressable market today: stationary power systems in buildings.

Paul Savage is the CEO of Nextek Power Systems, located at the Next Energy Center, and a founder of the EMerge Alliance.

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Nextek CEO Paul Savage is Keynote Speaker at Microgrid Summit


Nextek Power Systems Inc. CEO Paul Savage will be a keynote speaker at Microgrid Global Summit 2014 in Newport Beach, CA on May 22. His speech, “DC Microgrids and the Internet of Things,” will address some of the business and technological challenges that face microgrid energy stakeholders. The four-day event will bring an international constituency from around the world to share insights regarding best practices and lessons learned in a truly global forum.

Event themes include:

  • What are the business models for key stakeholders?
  • What are the essential value propositions?
  • What regulatory changes will be required?
  • How can microgrids integrate with existing operations?
  • What are the latest enabling technology advances?
  • How can we best work together to move forward?

The Global Summit is intended for professionals at utility organizations of all varieties who wish to meet the microgrid opportunity head-on. This includes investor owned, municipal, and co-op energy providers in major metropolitan areas around the world as well as in rural and remote / off-grid environments.

The event is produced by the Advanced Power and Energy Program of the University of California at Irvine, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, CleanTechOC, Navigant Research, the U.S. Department of Defense, and a variety of other organizations.



CoreNet Global Features Nextek Power Systems in Newsletter

In its July issue of Michigan Memo, The Michigan Chapter of CoreNet Global featured an article about alternative energy and energy efficiency in commercial real estate written by Nextek Power CEO, Paul Savage (see page 5). CoreNet Global is the world's leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives serving leading multinational companies from the Fortune and Global 1000. More than 7,000 members manage over $1.2-trillion in real estate and workplace assets in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.