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"The Future of Energy is 'Net Zero Energy'
'Way Beyond Solar!'"

"Net Zero Energy" to Reach Revenues of $690 Billion / year by 2020
and $1.3 Trillion / year Industry by 2035


Austin, Texas


"Changing the Way the World Makes and Uses Energy"

Thanks electric utilities and electric grid,
we'll take it from here!

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What are
Electric Drive Systems?

Electric drive systems are the very "heart" of every electric vehicle and what makes EV's "go!"


What is Battery Energy Storage?

Battery Energy Storage, and Battery Energy Storage systems (BESS) use stored electrical power in batteries, and feed this energy to the electric grid (building, or facility) at times when it makes economic sense. 

For a "Net Zero Energy" building or facility, a Solar Cogeneration, or Solar Trigeneration energy system is used that stores excess solar power in the Battery Energy Storage system during the daytime, for use when the sun goes down, and during inclement weather.

Battery Energy Storage is an ideal solution for utility-scale wind farms, particularly in Texas, when most of the renewable energy is generated at night when the power isn't needed. 

Battery Energy Storage is a leading "dispatchable wind" solution making wind power available 24 x 7.  

And, Battery Energy Storage is an ideal demand side management, peak shifting or load leveling solution as well as reducing emissions

According to Sandia Labs in their report titled; "Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid; Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide" (February 2010), the market for energy storage exceeds $100 billion during the next ten years.


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Bidirectional Inverters  *  Bidirectional Power  *  EcoGeneration  *  Energy Efficiency Measures

Energy Master Planning  *  Energy Storage  *  Flywheel Energy Storage  *  Frequency Regulation

Net Energy Metering  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Net Zero Energy Systems  *  Solar Trigeneration

"Changing the Way the World Makes and Uses Energy"

Austin, Texas



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Buildings of the Future  *  EcoGeneration  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Solar Cogeneration  Trigeneration

"Changing the Way the World Makes and Uses Energy"

Austin, Texas



What is a Bidirectional Inverter?

To answer the question, what is a bi-directional inverter, you must first understand what an inverter is. Inverters invert or convert the DC ("direct current") power that is generated from your solar energy PV panels, into AC (alternating current)   power. AC power is the kind of electrical power that your house receives from the electric grid, which is used in your home to power your home and its' appliances, such as computers, washing machines, dishwasher, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner as well as any other appliance that you may plug into your electrical outlets.  Your home's heating and air-conditioning system also runs on AC power.

The vast majority of inverters only work "one-way" and that is DC power (from your rooftop PV system) to AC power. Bidirectional inverters allows owners of solar energy systems more flexibility and options.

Bidirectional inverters not only convert DC to AC power but also from AC to DC power - this then permits the electric grid to charge a battery energy storage system. When the electric grid goes down, solar energy systems that have bidirectional inverters (with a battery management system) can "drop" the electric grid and go into "island mode" which then keeps the home or business running as if the electric grid were still operating.  Bidirectional inverters and battery energy storage systems provides business owners and homeowners the added flexibility of THEIR ability to choose when to buy power from the electric utility or to sell their own power to the electric grid, and take advantage of time of use pricing or the electric utility's "tiered" electric rates.


“spending hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year for oil, much of it from the Middle East, is just about the single stupidest thing that modern society could possibly do. It’s very difficult to think of anything more idiotic than that.” 
~ R. James Woolsey, Jr., former Director of the CIA

Price of Addiction
to Foreign Oil

According to R. James Woolsey, for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, “The basic insight is to realize that global warming, the geopolitics of oil, and warfare in the Persian Gulf are not separate problems — they are aspects of a single problem, the West’s dependence on oil."


About us:

The founder of the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) was first involved in Net Zero Energy buildings and Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems in 2001 - 2002.  This started with family-owned real estate developments in Northern and Southern California.  This interest was accelerated when REI's founder was introduced to the President of a solar company in Los Angeles and their client, the Audubon Nature Center at Deb's Park (Los Angeles) that was planning to build a new 5,000 sf office and conference center. Except, the new building for the Audubon Nature Center was about 1/2 mile from the end of the power lines and a very costly extension of the power lines to their new facility forced them to consider a solar solution. When the Audubon Nature Center's new 5,000 sf office and conference center was completed in 2003, the facility not only featured the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - they were awarded one of the first Platinum LEED Awards by the USGBC - and the powerlines were still 1/2 mile away! To this day, 100% of the power and energy for the Audubon Nature Center's building is supplied by the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - whether at 12 noon, or 12 midnite.  (The Audubon's facility also includes a battery energy storage system for back-up power generated by the Rooftop PV panels as well as a thermal energy storage system that stores the excess hot water generated by the evacuated tube collectors).

These early projects led to more client inquiries and engagements with real estate developers, architects and building owners in Southern California, Louisiana and Texas and the advent of a growing Net Zero Energy industry along with Solar Cogeneration sm & Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems. This culminated in a family-owned 200 (Net Zero Energy) home real estate development in Desert Hot Springs which has been approved but not yet constructed. 

During this time, the REI's Founder became a volunteer and Advisor to the University of Texas' Solar Decathlon Competition. He coordinated the donation of the same solar thermal system used at the Audubon Nature Center's facility in Los Angeles, for UT's entry in the 2002 Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington, D.C.  UT's entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition placed 1st in the domestic hot water competition that year (2002) and 4th overall, out of 20 universities that had entered. 

In 2006, after Hurricane Kattrina devastated New Orleans, the REI was formed and several of the REI's board members and a Professor from the University of Texas School of Architecture formed a design team to enter the Brad Pitt/Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition.  Our entry also focused on sustainable building solutions and materials as well as the Net Zero Energy concepts, incorporating once again, a Solar Trigeneration sm energy system. 

Today, the REI "Flagship" has chartered the Renewable Energy Institute in Florida, with discussions to open REI state chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon. 

The REI supports greater use of Net Zero Energy systems by architects, builders, homeowners and owners of commercial buildings. This includes "upgrading" homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy.  The REI provides Net Zero Energy; advertising, business development, conferences, e-commerce, education, marketing, online marketing, public relations, renewable energy, sales and strategic marketing solutions for architects, builders, cities, colleges, HVAC contractors, Net Zero Energy developers, real estate developers and universities.


Revenues from Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035


Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Coming - What About The Buildings Already Standing?



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