Low Cost DC Microgrids


Today, there are still an estimated 1.2 billion people in the world who live without electricity (20% of the world’s population). Today we have technology that can deliver energy to these remoter regions by employing large central generation, HV transmission and medium voltage distribution with users operating in the 100-240 volt range depending on their geography. Solar, small wind, and LED lighting provide foundation technologies are being developed for deployment in today’s present grid, but are not optimized for low cost, simple deployment and maintainability in the developing world. Light the World plans to develop the cost optimized technology that is necessary to have a very low cost electricity deployment. Light The World’s solution is based on a DC microgrid concept, which enables each member of a community to share excess power and provide scalability.

Admission Fee: 
»IEEE Members $15 
»IEEE Non-members $25 
»Full Time Students Free



» 5:15 Registration

» 6:00 Introduction 

» 6:15 Presentation 

» 7:00 Break and a Quick Snack 

» 7:30 Presentation Resumes 

» 8:15 Q&A 

» 8:30 Networking 

» 9:00 Doors close

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  • 110 – 12 Ave SW
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada
  • Building: TransAlta
  • Room Number: Auditorium - Basement

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  • Starts 17 August 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 21 September 2017 02:00 PM
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Ken Caird, President, Caird Utility Automation Consulting

Ken Caird, President, Caird Utility Automation Consulting

Ken started his career as a Protection & Control Engineer at a major Canadian Utility, where he was responsible for the design and installation of EMS and SCADA Systems, and communication networks as well as protection automation. After 15 years at the utility Ken became Director of R&D at a substation automation start up that was acquired by General Electric. At GE Ken was responsible for the high level systems design for GE’s Smart Grid System offering, including interoperability requirements between GE’s products used in Smart Grid solutions and legacy systems used by GE’s utility clients. Ken developed standards and worked with external System Integrators to provide interoperability between utility real time network operational systems and IT based enterprise systems. Ken specializes in Substation & Distribution Automation Projects and is on the Board of Directors for Light the World, a non-profit brining energy to 3rd World and remote communities.