The goal is to create an on-demand energy distribution system that will eliminate energy loss, increase energy renewal, and cut costs related to energy. system is quite primitive,” says Reyes. Most energy systems throughout the world operate on the “traditional” style in which power is generated at a central location and then pushed out through a power grid to whomever needs it. “We are moving into a time when energy systems are much more dynamic,” Reyes says, “and there’s no coherent way to manage it all—right now.” A Prospect SV project tackling this issue is the College of San Mateo Internet of Energy project. The project uses advanced systems to generate, store, and distribute energy to CSM’s energy grid, beginning sometime later this year. The goal is to create an on-demand energy distribution system that will eliminate energy loss, increase energy renewal, and cut costs related to energy. “We need to have certain kinds of energy resources. We should be able to easily call on the best one to serve that energy need and be able to manage that in a smart way,” Reyes says. “We should take the concepts of the internet and how that’s managed and bring that to energy.” Reyes, who earned a master’s degree in cultural
anthropology from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from UC Santa Cruz, is the living embodiment of Prospect SV: high tech for the betterment of society. “My interest in doing social good, if you will, has now come back into contact with my technology side, because so much that’s happening in energy and transportation connects to my technology background,” Reyes says. “High tech is at the center of so many of those solutions.” Automobile giants and tech companies alike are realizing that investing in the Internet of Energy and clean technology is not only good for society and the Earth, but good for business as well. Now the major players in the auto industry have research and development facilities in Silicon Valley. “This is the space where a lot of the solutions are not just better from a climate standpoint—they’re better for the economy, better for health,” says Reyes. The Internet of Energy is the next big thing, and innovation hubs such as Prospect SV are where these innovations are nurtured.
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