Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

September 10th, 2017 No Comments   Posted in solar energy storage

Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

I am sharing this earth-shaking article from ENERGY CENTRAL.

The Saharan Desert is poised to provide limitless power to the whole of EUROPE.

Here in the Philippines, the local pioneer is SOLAR PHILIPPINES headed by the young and energetic Mr. Leandro Leviste.

Likewise, electric vehicles (EVs) will dominate the global market by 2030-2040 as more global car manufacturers shift completely from petrol to petrol-electric hybrid to pure electric vehicles with grid electricity coming from renewable energy and off-peak solar photo voltaic (solar PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) that will provide base-load generation thru large scale storage batteries (lithium ion, vanadium). Electric vehicles can now travel from 200-400 km per charge and is expected to rise as battery technology improves further.

It looks now that solar energy is poised to replace the sunset fossil oil and coal-fired power generation in many places of the world such as USA, China and Europe.

The growth trend in both the energy storage market and the solar market puts solar-plus-storage in a market sweet spot. IMS Research indicates that the market for storing power from solar panels will grow to $19 billion by the end of this year.

Energy storage installation is expected to expand rapidly from 6 gigawatts in 2017 to more than 40 gigawatts by 2022 according to the Energy Storage Association, and the industry is expected to be worth nearly $11 billion by 2022. The solar industry has also experienced a boom as the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017.

More and more solar-plus-storage projects are starting all over the U.S., largely due to the fact that lithium-ion prices are dropping and customers now feel more comfortable with the technology. Thus, according to GreenTech Media, energy storage has become the “Darling of the Solar Industry.” The main benefit of solar-plus-storage is its ability to maximize the benefits of intermittent resources such as solar and wind power.

Residential + Solar + Storage

Homeowners benefit from solar-plus-storage because it saves them more money than either system can by themselves, and it reduces their carbon footprint that much more as well. As prices drop, more residential customers will install solar-plus-storage systems in their homes to take advantage of these benefits. Residential energy storage is expected to growth exponentially from 95 megawatts in 2016 to 3,773 megawatts by 2025.

The installed price of residential solar-plus-storage systems has already dropped 25 to 30 percent over the last two to three years, according to Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage for GTM Research. In addition, he says that consumers can realize additional cost reductions when they take advantage of state and federal incentives.

Utilities + Solar + Storage

Solar-plus-storage can make utilities more productive and help them maximize revenues. For example, demand for electricity can increase when consumers utilize solar-plus-storage technology. This demand reduces the need for new fossil fuel facilities, leading to an environmental benefit as well.

In addition, utilities can contract with their customers to draw power from their batteries when the grid needs it, thus lowering energy costs for all stakeholders and protecting against the environmental consequences of burning more fossil fuels to generate energy. More utilities will start to take advantage of solar-plus-storage as prices for utility-scale systems decrease. In fact, one manufacturer says that solar paired with energy storage can be supplied to utilities at a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Kevin Williams is a native of Kansas City, MO with a history of entrepreneurship. He has been a principal in several start-ups and consulted with business owners at many levels.


Career History of Marcial T. Ocampo

September 8th, 2017 No Comments   Posted in career history

Career History of Marcial T. Ocampo

Areas of Interest:

Energy & Power Generation

Linear Programming Optimization (Real and Mixed Integer LP)

Monte Carlo Simulation and Project Risk

Energy, Power and Fuel Supply & Demand Forecasting

Project Finance and Financial Modeling

Econometric Modeling (GDP, Price, Inflation, Employment)

Technical, Economic and Financial Feasibility Studies

Power Plant Management, Planning, Finance, Operations, Technical Services

WB and UNDP Renewable Energy, Barrier Removal and Project Evaluation


Elementary – Grade 6 – Valedictorian

High School – Year 4 – Salutatorian

College – B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines

2nd Place – Chemical Engineering Board Exam – 87.75%

Masters – M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines

Masters – M.S. Combustion & Energy, Leeds University, United Kingdom

Work Experience:

Jun 2014 – Present

Independent Advisor (see above expertise)

Jun 2014 – Present

Energy Technology Selection Expert, Project Finance Modeling, Optimization, Monte  Carlo Simulation at OMT Energy Enterprises

Oct 2014 – Present


Mar 2013 – Sep 2017

Senior Power Generation Engineer at Sinclair Knight Mertz (SKM)

Sep 2012 – Nov 2012

Comprehensive Feasibility Study for Coal-Fired CFB Power Plant Project at Test Consultants, Inc.

Aug 2012 – Sep 2012

International Energy Consultant for Final Review of ENERGY CONSERVATION at UNDP-India

Feb 2012 – Sep 2012

Technical Working Group (TWG) Member, Independent Oil Industry Pricing Review Committee (IOPRC) at Philippine Department of Energy (Pump Price Calculation Model)

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012

CDM Consultancy to Wind Energy Farms of PhilCarbon at PhilCarbon Inc.

Jan 2012 – Jan 2012

External Evaluation of ESMAP 2007-2011 at Baastel

Dec 2011 – Dec 2011

International Energy Consultant / Expert Evaluator at UNDP-China

Sep 2011 – Oct 2011

Project Finance & Financial Modeling Consultant at Hitachi Asia Ltd

May 2011 – Jul 2011

Technical, Market, Economic and Feasibility Study Consultant at PNOC-EC

Apr 2011 – May 2011

Biomass Power Project Mid-Term Review Consultant at UNDP-India

Mar 2011 – Apr 2011

Natural Gas and LNG Market Study Consultant at Confidential Company

Jan 2011 – Mar 2011

Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Feasibility Study of 2 Sites at Constellation Energy Corporation

Nov 2010 – Nov 2010

Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus Demonstration at UNDP-China

Aug 2010 – Sep 2010

Wind-Diesel Hybrid Power Generation at UNDP Indonesia

Jan 2010 – Jan 2010

Presentor of Feed-In Tariff Calculation Procedure at DOE-NREB

Dec 2009 – Dec 2009

Seminar Lecturer & Consultant – Biomass Feed-In Tariff at Biomass Alliance & Phil. Sugar Mfg. Ass. (PSMA)

Dec 2009 – Dec 2009

Seminar Speaker, Feed-in Tariff Calculation at Energy Practitioners Association of the Philippines

Nov 2009 – Dec 2009

Expert on Dam Operation & Safety at House of Representatives of the Philippines (Pre-emptive discharge and dam water release simulation to avoid dam spill before incoming storm)

Jul 2009 – Oct 2009

Consultant for Greenfield Natural Gas CCGT Power Plant at PNOC Exploration Corporation

Jun 2009 – Jun 2009

Consultant for Lignite Coal Fired CFB Power Plant at PNOC Exploration Corporation

Oct 2008 – Nov 2008

CME Biodiesel Technical & Economic Consultant at Rapco CME Biodiesel

Jun 2008 – Jun 2008

Oil Pricing Expert & Consultant at Philippine Department of Energy

Apr 2008 – Apr 2008

Clean Coal Technology Consultant at E-Power

Jun 2007 – Dec 2007

Qualified Third Party (QTP) Consultant for Rural Electrification at World Bank & Philippine Department of Energy (Biomass-Diesel Hybrid Power Generation and Electricity Tariff Setting)

May 2007 – Dec 2007

Liquid Fuels & Additive Consultant at Octagon Chem Oil Corporation

Aug 2007 – Sep 2007

Financial Modeling Consultant at Harty Philippines, Inc.

Feb 2001 – Nov 2006

Senior Technical Services Manager at First Gen Corporation (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine, Pulverized Coal, and Large Dam power generation)

Sep 1999 – Jan 2001

Executive Director at Philippine Council for Industry & Energy Research & Development (PCIERD) of the Department of Science & Technology (DOST)

Jun 1997 – Jan 1998

EDP, Budget & Planning Manager at Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc.

Jun 1993 – May 1997

President & General Manager at Real Time Management Systems (Crude Oil Refinery Operation and Finished Product Distribution optimization with Linear Programming)

Nov 1990 – May 1993

Petron MIS Coordinator at PNOC-Petron Corporation (Nationwide computerization)

Jun 1983 – Nov 1990

Head, Computer Systems Group at PNOC-Petron Bataan Refinery (Refinery computerization and custodian of the Refinery Linear Programming model)

Apr 1978 – Jun 1986

Section Chief for Transport, Building & Machineries at Bureau of Energy Utilization, Philippine Department of Energy

Jun 1974 – Mar 1978

Lecturer at College of Engineering, University of the Philippines


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Nano machines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

September 2nd, 2017 No Comments   Posted in cancer treatment

Nano machines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

© Provided by The Telegraph

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.

The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.

In one test conducted at Durham University the nanomachines took between one and three minutes to break through the outer membrane of prostate cancer cell, killing it instantly.

The ‘motor’ is a rotor-like chain of atoms that can be prompted to move in one direction, causing the molecule to rotate at high speed.

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Dr Robert Pal of Durham University said: “We are moving towards realising our ambition to be able to use light-activated nanomachines to target cancer cells such as those in breast tumours and skin melanomas, including those that are resistant to existing chemotherapy.

“Once developed, this approach could provide a potential step change in non-invasive cancer treatment and greatly improve survival rates and patient welfare globally.”

Motorised molecules that target diseased cells may deliver drugs or kill the cells by drilling into the cell membranes.Credit: Tour Group/Rice University

The scientists, whose work is reported in the journal Nature, created several different light-activated motorised molecules designed to home in on specific cells.

They found that the nanomachines needed to spin at two to three million times per second to overcome nearby obstacles and outpace natural Brownian motion, the erratic movement of microscopic particles suspended in fluid.

The molecules could be used either to tunnel into cells carrying therapeutic agents, or to act as killer weapons that blast open tumour membranes.

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Without an ultraviolet trigger, the motor molecules located target cells but then remained harmlessly on their surfaces.

The prostate cancer cells start to ‘bleb’ or disintegrate after just 60 seconds, as seen in the bottom image

When triggered, the molecules rapidly drilled through the cell membranes.

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Dr James Tour, a member of the international team from Rice University in Houston, US, said: “These nanomachines are so small that we could park 50,000 of them across the diameter of a human hair, yet they have the targeting and actuating components combined in that diminutive package to make molecular machines a reality for treating disease.

“In this study we have shown that we can drill into cells, animal cells, human cells using these nanomachines, they will attach to the surface and then a light will be shone upon them and they will drill right into the cell.

“For many years I never had envisioned the nanomachines being used medically, I though they were way too small, because they are much much smaller than a cell, but now this work has really changed my thoughts on this and I think therapeutically this will be a whole new way to treat patients, it’s going to be an excellent application for cancer treatment, not just for killing of cells but for the treatment of cells, interacting with the human body using molecular machines.”

The researchers are already proceeding with experiments in microorganisms and small fish and hope to move to rodents soon, ahead of clinical trials in humans if animal testing is successful.