4/4/16 – Monthly Meeting: Norbert Klebl, Petroleum Engineer and Columbia MBA Grad

When: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 220

Why: learn about the impact of buildings and local communities on our carbon footprint  – and enjoy FREE pizza!

Speaker topic:  How communities of the future can be inclusive and cut their carbon footprint by 75%.

A model is in creation nearby. Mixed use zoning will reduce car travel, facilitate community. Well built homes will improve comfort and cut energy,  and ground source heat pumps with PV systems will easily produce all electricity needs.

Speaker bio:

Norbert Klebl is a petroleum engineer with an MBA from Columbia and extensive experience in manufacturing and real estate development. He is convinced that the era of dependence on fossil fuels is over. Insulating and tightening up buildings make it economical to switch from natural gas to PV powered heating, cooling and ventilation. Norbert has designed and is currently building GEOS an energy plus community in Arvada and equipped a dozen homes with ground source based heating and cooling system in Boulder and surroundings. All these homes are fossil free and several are powering an electric car.

2/1/16 – Monthly Meeting: Charlie Bloch from Vision Fleet

When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 220

It’s the beginning of a new semester and a new series of monthly meetings from the CU Energy Club! Please notice the change in room to Koelbel 220.

Our speaker for this meeting will be Charlie Bloch, Business Development and Operations Manager at Vision Fleet. He will discuss and answer questions about the electric vehicle (EV) market, with a focus on the potential role (and challenges) for EVs in fleet applications and the growing car-share and on-demand transportation economies (e.g., Uber and Lyft). See below for a speaker bio.

Charlie Bloch, Business Development and Operations Manager at Vision Fleet

Charlie Bloch, MBA, MS, is an experienced consulting, business development and operations professional with diverse clean energy sector expertise. In his role as Business Development and Operations Manager, Charlie works with Vision Fleet’s partners to develop and deliver vehicle fleet improvement and optimization projects. This includes fleet opportunity assessment, partner relationship management, management of fleet metrics and ongoing operational support.

Prior to joining Vision Fleet, Charlie was an Associate Director in the Energy practice at Navigant Consulting, a global management and technical consulting firm, where he managed consulting engagements focused on market and policy assessment, regulatory issues, program measurement and evaluation, opportunity and decision analysis, and strategic planning. Previously, he’s supported technology commercialization at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, business development and operations at MWH Global, and strategic marketing and public relations consulting at EnviroMedia.

His underlying interest is to increase the deployment of renewable energy and other clean technologies through innovative finance, partnership and business models.

12/7/15 – Monthly Meeting: Charles P. (Sandy) Butterfield from Boulder Wind Consulting

When: Monday, December 7, 2015, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Koelbel 255

Our speaker for this meeting will be Charles P. (Sandy) Butterfield, the President of Boulder Wind Consulting. He will provide an overview of the wind industry with a focus on technology evolution. In addition, he is going to provide some thoughts on founding/running his own business, which should be of particular interest to our business students. As always, free Cosmo’s pizza will be provided! See below for a speaker bio.

Charles P. (Sandy) Butterfield, President Boulder Wind Consulting

Sandy has been an innovator and leader in the field of wind energy his entire career. Prior to founding Boulder Wind Consulting, Sandy co-founded Boulder Wind Power, a venture funded startup focused on developing an innovative megawatt scale direct drive generator. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), most recently as Chief Engineer at NREL’s National Wind Test Center and leader of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative. His work at NREL included aerodynamics research, testing, design reviews, contract management, manager of the applied research program and leader of the certification/standards program. He led Boulder Wind Power through its formative stages as CEO, helping to raise $48 million, forming a world class team and stimulating customer interest in BWP’s direct drive technology.

Sandy was a wind energy entrepreneur prior to NREL. He co-founded ESI, a wind turbine manufacturing company in 1980 where he was Vice President of Engineering responsible for all aspects of design and manufacturing. Sandy is currently Chairman of IEC TC88 Technical Committee which is responsible for international wind turbine standards. He also chairs the IECRE Wind System Certification. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers. Sandy graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 where he studied under Bill Heronemous, famous for his floating offshore wind farm proposals in the early 1970s.

For Sandy Butterfield’s LinkedIn profile, please visit HERE.

Fuels Institute Case Competition – EXCITING OPPORTUNITY!

The CU Energy Club has recently been invited to submit abstracts for the 2nd Annual Future of Transportation case competition, hosted by the Fuels Institute, a multi-industry think tank. The challenge of this competition is comprised of two parts: (1) “to envision and create an ideal future transportation (mass transit and consumer vehicles) sector,” and (2) “take that vision and [explain how to] make it a reality within the next 30 years based on the current infrastructure of America.” Last year, 12 universities were asked to submit proposals after their abstracts were accepted. This year, we would like to pursue CU Boulder sending a team! This effort will likely involve collaboration with other clubs and be quite the challenge. If we get substantial support from CU Energy Club members, we can support the organization of a team. Please note that the statements of intent (i.e. abstracts, up to 3 per team) must be submitted by MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015. If an abstract is accepted, teams must submit their final proposals by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016.

Please fill out this GOOGLE FORM by MONDAY, 11/9 if you are interested (note that this interest is non-binding).

Find out more info about the competition, including rules and a more detailed timeline, HERE.

11/5 – City of Boulder Climate Action Plan Presentation

When: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Where: Engineering Center, ECCR 151

Boulder has long been recognized as a leader in local climate action and clean energy development. Boulder residents have consistently invested in a sustainable future. Now  the community is considering a commitment to reduce Boulder’s greenhouse gas  emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. The best chance at addressing climate change is to focus our action on the areas where we can have the biggest impact: energy, resources, and ecosystems. The proposed plan is to transition to clean renewable energy systems, conserve natural resources, and buffer important ecosystems.

Join us for a presentation on the overview of the action plan with a Q&A session afterwards!

11/13-11/15 – Startup Weekend Boulder (Paid event, but great for entrepreneurs!)

When: Friday, 11/13/15, 6:30 pm – Sunday, 11/15/15, 9:00 pm
Where: Spark Boulder, 1310 E College Ave #100, Boulder, CO

See below for a great opportunity for entrepreneurs! Note this event is paid and stretches over 3 days (Friday, 11/13 – Sunday, 11/15).

From event page:

“On November 13-15, in just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST. It’s a hackathon meets business plan competition and this time you’ll be a part of Global Startup Battlefield. So not only will you be competing with the teams at your event, but also against the over 300+ events happening around the world!

Many ideas built during Startup Weekend have gone on to become real companies, raise funding, and have really successful Kickstarter campaigns. Startup Weekend is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, meet great people, and even build a real company!

For this event, Boomtown (An accelerator here in Boulder) has agreed to let hardware teams work out of their really awesome and brand new IOT lab. So if you are in, want to be, or interested in being in the hardware space, we have a place for you to build your idea! Be part of a global event, register today.”

Purchase tickets HERE.

Also consult the organizers’ Meetup page. For the organizers’ Meetup members, use promo code: ilooklikeanengineer for a 20% discount on your ticket.

11/2/15 – Monthly Meeting: ProvidIce

Join us for in Koelbel 255 for another of CU Energy Club’s monthly meetings! The meetings take place on the first Monday of each month from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Free Cosmo’s Pizza will be provided!

The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot at Bergen, Norway. ProvidIce intends to identify, capture, tow, deliver and process large free floating tabular Antarctic icebergs in order to harvest and sell their high quality potable water and energy content. They believe this new water and energy resource technology can be a major contributor in the support of more efficient use of the earth’s resources systems and be a noticeable contributor in controlling global warming.

Join us and Uli Kappas from ProvidIce for a discussion on climate change, water crisis, and how they are solving the problem.

Hope to see you there!

Leedsapalooza – learn more about CU Energy! – 8/21, 2-5pm

Stop by Leedsapalooza, a new student event for those involved and wish to be involved with the Leeds School of Business, from 2-5pm on Friday, August 21 on Engebretson Quad! You can get to know Leeds staff, faculty, and student leaders, as well as meet with representatives of student organizations, including the CU Energy Club. Swing by to meet some of the CU Energy officers for the coming school year and learn more about the club.

Hope to see you there!