Energy Storage: Key to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and getting to 100% renewable energy.

March 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Knobbe Martens
12790 El Camino Real #100
San Diego, CA 92130
Anita Rusch
858-771-MIT1 (858-771-6481)

As California pursues its goal of 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045, capturing and storing renewable energy resources will be critical in ending the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and meeting ambitious climate change goals.  In the San Diego region, cities are adopting climate action plans calling for 100% renewable energy by as soon as 2035.  Rapidly accelerating progress in energy storage is bringing us closer than ever to achieving a cleaner, more resilient grid and pollution-free transportation.  Join us as we explore a variety of the most innovative storage developments and deployments including:

  • Materials science research in the lab
  • Spin-off startup companies
  • SDG&E utility deployments
  • Large commercial and industrial customer deployments
  • Major investors and developers

We’ve partnered with Cleantech San Diego to provide an overview on energy innovation and storage, and to moderate the panel.


  1. Stephen T. Johnston, Growth Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
  2. Mike Ferry, Director of Energy Storage and Systems, Center for Energy Research, UC, San Diego
  3. Josh Gerber, Founder & Principal, 33 North Energy
  4. Russell Vare, Director, Business Development, Nuvve Corporation
  5. Cyrus Rustomji, CEO & Founder, South 8 Technologies

MODERATOR:  Marty Turock, Strategic Projects Consultant, Cleantech San Diego

Upon graduation from Princeton University with a BSE in chemical engineering, Marty joined a General Electric, Management Training Program and over his 20+ year career at GE rose to become one of the top Global Operating Managers in the Engineered Materials Businesses including P&L leadership roles in Canada and Hong Kong.

In San Diego, Marty Turock has established a sustainability consulting practice including Cleantech San Diego, SDG&E, and a number of high tech and cleantech startup companies as his primary clients.  Marty currently leads the CEC EPIC-funded Southern California Energy Innovation Network in helping entrepreneurs accelerate commercial traction for their breakthrough energy innovations.

Stephen T. Johnston is the Growth Development Manager at SDG&E.  He creates and develops new revenue opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional utility activities, connecting the dots between market opportunities and the engineering, regulatory, operations, and strategy.  Prior to SDG&E, Stephen worked at multiple high-tech and semiconductor companies creating new product lines and revenue streams.  He has a Master’s degree in Physics, an MBA from London Business School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife and three sons.

 Cyrus Rustomji obtained his Ph.D. in Material Science in 2015 from UC San Diego and his B.S. in Physics from UC Los Angeles in 2007. He is currently founder and CTO of South 8 Technologies, working to commercialize next-generation battery devices using novel electrolyte materials. He has over 12 years experience in research, development and commercialization of energy storage and conversion materials and devices. He has also held development and technical positions in the battery, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. He has 14 issued and pending patents and several publications in peer reviewed journals.

 Mike Ferry is the Director of Energy Storage & Systems at the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research (, overseeing campus research on the development and deployment of advanced energy storage technologies and the integration of renewable generation, including technical and commercial demonstration projects to improve the performance of renewable energy systems and microgrid operations, cost-benefit and market analysis, and the promotion of multi-disciplinary frameworks to enable large-scale storage and renewable energy adoption. Mike holds a Master of Science degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

 Josh Gerber is the Founder and Principal at 33 North Energy LLC, an energy storage & DER consulting firm. He is an expert on cutting-edge energy policy, business and technology issues, and works with companies to grow California’s electric transportation and energy storage sectors.

Prior to founding 33 North Energy, Josh spent 15 years at San Diego Gas & Electric, working on smart grid, energy storage, and other advanced technologies. While at SDG&E, he led the commercial and regulatory efforts for 430 megawatt hours (MWh) of utility-scale energy storage projects, and the installation of 150 MWh in 2016-17 – including the largest lithium-ion battery project in North America in Escondido, CA.

 Russell Vare is Director of U.S. Business Development for Nuvve and is leading vehicle to grid (V2G) business opportunities in North America.  He has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, including Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. He’s led strategy, sales and marketing for the cross-over between EV and energy storage and has been successful in bringing new technologies to market


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  You may register at the door for $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after March 18.

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