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CEE Seminar: Liam Weaver

Title: Renewables, Energy Storage, and Electric Vehicles: The Grid of the Future 

Abstract

The energy landscape is rapidly shifting towards renewable resources, including solar and wind, co-optimized with technologies like energy storage, energy efficiency, smart electric vehicle (EV) charging, and demand response. 

Additionally, as EV adoption and fleet infrastructure development rapidly advances, electricity demand is beginning to look very differently from what we have seen in the past. 

By integrating solar + battery storage with managed EV charging, large commercial and industrial energy consumers in particular can reap significant energy savings, further decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and increase facility resiliency. 

In this presentation, we focus on storage-enabled smart EV charging, co-optimized with solar generation to drive sustainability and economic value to large-scale energy consumers. You will learn about:  

  • A case study in project modeling, showing key considerations for transport electrification 
  • The energy costs associated with EV chargers, and how battery-enabled energy flexibility can mitigate these increased energy costs 
  • Applications of these solutions, including some with added islanding capabilities (+ resiliency) 
  • Alternative career pathways post-graduation, including Cleantech, the energy industry, and technical sales 

Biography

Liam Weaver is a proud 2016 alum of the University of Tennessee and holds an Honors BS in civil & environmental engineering. While at UT he founded the UTK chapter of Students Helping Honduras and served many leadership roles in ASCE, including Chapter President and Concrete Canoe Captain. He then went on to earn an MS in energy, infrastructure, and climate engineering from UC Berkeley and began transitioning into the clean energy sector.

He now directs the Solutions Engineering team at Enel North America. Enel is one of the world’s most successful utilities and largest private renewable developers with over 53 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity with an expected 154 GW by 2030, as well as a multitude of other innovative energy technologies. Weaver and his team specialize in collaborating with clients to analyze and develop on-site distributed energy resources (DERs), designing around value streams for renewables like solar photovoltaics, as well as battery energy storage and electric vehicle charging systems. Liam has extensive energy industry experience including previous collaborative work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Knoxville Utilities Board, Greensparc Inc., the California Public Utilities Commission, and the New Zealand Green Building Council. 

Weaver’s mission is to accelerate the energy transition to sustainable and renewable energy.

You can also stream this seminar via Zoom. 

Thursday, September 29 at 4:05pm to 5:20pm

John D. Tickle Engineering Building, 405
851 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Topic

Engineering

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff

Tags

CEE Seminar, CEE Fall 2022

Department
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact Name

Timothy Truster

Contact Email

ttruster@utk.edu

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