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The BS* + Beer Show: Solar Power Storage and Backup

A technical dive into products, systems, and applications for storing solar energy

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features John Semmelhack of Think Little and Comparetto Solutions and Alex Lepore from Fortress Power discussing “Solar Power Storage and Backup.” Topics include battery management systems, the chemical makeup of different battery types, the potential of leasing battery storage, smart electrical panels, large-scale integration of solar panels and battery storage, ways to create redundancy, off-grid solutions, and much more. (Tech nerds will love this one.)

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Join us on December 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET for a conversation about “Foamed Glass Aggregate” with Archie Filshill and Theresa Loux of AeroAggregates and Glavel’s Ken Mincar and Rob Conboy. The ultra-lightweight material is made from 100% recycled container glass and is valued for its low unit weight, inertness, high permeability, and insulating properties. We will learn about the types of products on the market and their various applications.

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Archie Filshill is the founder and CEO of Aero Aggregates and manages the daily operations for the company. He has over 25 years of international experience in the geotechnical market, encompassing a vast range of experience in executive management, engineering, project management, construction, and manufacturing. He started his career as a regional manager for an environmental products company and went on to become managing director of European operations for a global manufacturing company. After returning to the states, he started an international contracting company focused on solid waste and industrial landfills, soft soil stabilization, coal ash, shale gas development, sediment remediation, reinforced earth structures and lightweight fill. This experience guided him to establish Aero Aggregates. Archie is also an adjunct professor at Temple University in the Graduate Engineering School and vice chair of the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute. Archie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Theresa Loux is the technical director for Aero Aggregates of North America, where her primary responsibilities include overseeing Aero’s research and development activities, technical documentation, engineering support, quality control program, and education and outreach efforts. Theresa brings to Aero over ten years of combined industry and academic experience. In the past, Theresa has been involved in and managed a variety of civil, geotechnical, and geoenvironmental consulting and construction projects. She has completed design and management tasks for projects that involve data collection, interpretation, and analysis; geosynthetic design; slope stability analyses; mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) design; subsurface investigation programs; geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring; stormwater and erosion control design; environmental site remediation; cost estimating; construction quality assurance; and constructability evaluations. Theresa has taught geotechnical and other civil engineering courses at Rowan, Drexel, Temple, and Bucknell Universities and is an active board member of the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute.

Ken Mincar is COO of Glavel. He has a diverse background in manufacturing operations and engineering. As a senior leader at IBM Microelectronics and Keurig Green Mountain, he has driven facility and production startups, scaling, ramp and expansion of new and mature products. He brings a focus on continuous improvement and optimization of product quality, cost and throughput.

Rob Conboy is CEO of Glavel and a certified Passive House Consultant. He has over 25 years of sales and strategic planning experience, all of which have been with highly entrepreneurial companies. For the past ten years, Rob has focused on renewable energy start-ups, bringing leading edge technologies to market at Draker Laboratories as chief operating officer and at Thermal Storage Solutions as VP of finance and marketing. Rob has a deep understanding of how to expedite the acceptance of new technologies and building practices.


Kiley Jacques is senior editor at Green Building Advisor. She can be reached at [email protected]. Photo by author.


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