Microgrids – The Future of Energy?

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Virtual

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Free to Attend


Temperatures on our planet are rising. According to the EPA human activities are connected to the increase in greenhouse gases with the largest source in the United States being burning fossil fuels for transportation (28%), electricity (27%), and heat (12.3%). We need to change the way electricity is generated and distributed. Renewable energy is cleaner and cheaper than coal and is paving the way for smart electric microgrids. Join our experts as they discuss why traditional grids are no longer sustainable, how microgrids can help localize power generation and distribution, and how “off-grid” microgrids as standalone systems can assist in bringing electricity to rural areas and regions lacking basic infrastructure or those whose infrastructure was catastrophically damaged.


Our Speakers


Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer
AutoGrid, Inc.

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets. Prior to founding AutoGrid, Amit was the Vice President of Products at the publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma’s flagship product in the design implementation area.


Mark Feasel

Smart Grid

Mark Feasel is responsible for the Electric Utility segment, Smart Grid, and Microgrid for Schneider Electric in North America. Throughout his career at Schneider Electric he has held leadership roles in Energy Management, Power Quality, Utility Solutions, Oil & Gas Solutions, Electrical Distribution Protection and Automation, and Microgrids.

Mark joined Schneider Electric in 2005 through the company’s acquisition of Power Measurement, Inc., and began his career with the United States Navy serving in the Electrical Division of ballistic missile nuclear submarine. Mark is a graduate of the University of Toledo.


Our Moderator


Florian Kolb

Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager, Energy

Florian Kolb joined Intertrust as Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager, Energy, in January 2020 after a 15-year career in a series of business leadership roles within the European energy industry. He is responsible for all of Intertrust’s product sales and business development activities, as well as the company’s initiatives in the energy and related industries. Intertrust is a Silicon Valley-based global leader in data collaboration, digital rights management and security technologies. Shareholders of Intertrust are WiL (large SV/Japan-based venture fund), Sony, Phillips, Origin Energy, E.ON and Panasonic. Intertrust is present globally with 150 experts, serving industry leaders as well as attackers from a broad range of industries such as energy, technology, media, entertainment, automotive, insurance, healthcare and others.

Before joining Intertrust, Florian spent five years as CEO/Managing Director of innogy’s (now E.ON) Silicon Valley innovation group. In that role, he led U.S. strategic investments and innovation activities, including building and managing a strategic investment portfolio aimed at assembling technology assets for data-driven business models for the energy industry. He also helped incubate internal start-ups at innogy, which led to the creation of DigiKoo and Livisi. Prior to taking on his role in Silicon Valley, he worked for RWE AG in operations, restructuring as well as M&A, driving large-scale mergers and acquisitions in the European energy sector.

In 2016, Florian founded Free Electrons, a global accelerator program now operated by a consortium of ten leading international utilities. Florian has acted as mentor for various additional start-up programs and he is a regular speaker at key industry and innovation events and conferences. Florian holds a Master’s degree in political economics from the University of Passau, Germany, and has participated in executive programs at INSEAD and IMD Lausanne.