System Solutions that Enable Ubiquitous Adoption of Solar Energy

Topic: 
System Solutions that Enable Ubiquitous Adoption of Solar Energy
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Venue: 
540-108, Blume Earthquake Center
Speaker: 
Nagendra Cherukupalli (SunEdison)
Abstract / Description: 

The talk focuses on system solutions that are beginning to transform the solar industry. In particular, I would like to highlight a number of system level solutions my group was responsible for at SunEdison. These solutions touch all the key segments of the solar market.

  • In the utility space, it is all about mitigating intermittency and improving generation efficiency
  • For the commercial market it is about deployment efficiency and monitoring the production
  • For the residential market the need is for efficient integration of PV and energy storage
  • In the case of off-grid systems to serve the rural and remote populations with limited or no access to electricity, providing low cost firm power solutions become necessary

I will review some of these solutions and the engineering challenges we face to make solar adoption ubiquitous as well as point out opportunities for innovation.

Bio:

Nagendra Cherukupalli is the Vice President and CTO at SunEdison. His responsibility includes envisioning new energy products and delivering them to the solar industry. At SunEdison, under his stewardship, the R&D team delivered a cost-efficient single-axis-tracker, solar water pump portfolio, hybrid controller for fuel abatement, 24x7 monitoring and management software, design automation software for roof-top and ground mount solar systems, and micro-inverter technology. With a broad skillset in battery technologies, power electronics, structures, trackers, software and systems, he is excited about creating new energy products and solutions for the renewable energy industry.

Nagendra holds a Master's and Ph.D., degrees in Computer Science from IIT, Chicago and attended the Stanford Executive Program in 2010.