Maxwell Employees Look to the Sky for Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017 | Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
At 10:20 this morning, employees at Maxwell Technologies stepped outside to view the much-anticipated solar eclipse. Though San Diego is not in the path of totality, employees experienced an impressive partial solar eclipse in which 57 percent of the sun was covered by the moon. As the first eclipse visible in the United States since 1979, it was a spectacular event employees didn’t want to miss.
"The eclipse was exciting,” said Steve Watts, lead product development engineer. "We gathered outside the building and took turns viewing the eclipse through ISO certified glasses. The temperature was noticeably cooler and the parking lot was not as bright as it had been before the eclipse started.”
Jeff Venegas, senior technical marketing and business development manager for the wind segment, was impressed with the celestial event. "Absolutely breathtaking! An amazing display of the solar system at ‘work’—no pun intended!”
Employees Kathy White and Travis Emmel made pinhole projectors to view the solar eclipse at Maxwell Technologies’ headquarters in San Diego.
How does an event like the solar eclipse affect the grid, and how do ultracapacitors play a role in this type of dip in solar energy? David Lentsch, senior technical marketing and business development manager responsible for Maxwell’s grid segment, provided his thoughts.
"The solar eclipse is a rare moment,” said Lentsch, "and even though the solar eclipse duration is several minutes dependent upon your location in North America, utilities will lose untold gigawatts of solar generated power during this event. Global utilities take extraordinary efforts to bridge power fluctuations caused by cloud cover and atmospheric conditions with advanced energy storage including ultracapacitor and ultracapacitor-battery systems. Forward thinking utilities that have buffered their systems with these fast and rapid response utility storage technologies will not have to balance their available energy supply by spinning up or importing fossil fuel generation to bridge this grid power event.”
To learn more about how ultracapacitors contribute to energy efficiency in the grid and a variety of other applications, visit our Where Ultracapacitors Work page.
View Maxwell’s solar eclipse photo slide show below. We hope you had the chance to see it, too!
Communications Specialist and Copywriter
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Jessica A. Baris is communications specialist and copywriter at Maxwell Technologies and enjoys telling a good story. Her background includes writing and editing for the high-tech, construction, and meetings and conventions industries. A San Diego native, Jessica earned a Master of Arts in rhetoric and writing from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego.
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