• Silicon Valley China-US Energy Association

    Bridge clean-tech professionals in China and the U.S.

  • About us

    Silicon Valley China-US Energy Association (SCEA) was founded at Stanford in early 2015. We are located in Silicon Valley, where the high-tech industry and the energy industry are developing rapidly together. Our vision is to strengthen the exchange of science and technology, business and policy between China and the United States in the energy industry. Our focus areas include smart grid, energy big data, energy Internet of things, energy efficiency, solar and energy storage, electric vehicles, oil and gas, environmental policy and other aspects of energy-related fields. SCEA brings together experts, scholars and business elites in all fields of the energy industry and hopes to promote the common development and progress of the industry in the future through cross-border collaborations. We are young professionals eager to create a green planet.

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  • US-China Energy & Climate + Artificial Intelligence Summits


    February 23-24, 2019

  • Past Events

    Challenges to meet 100% Clean energy goal by 2045 in CA?

    Date & Time: December 4, 2018, 6:30 – 9:00 PM PST

    Address:Sunrun Office

    595 Market St., 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA

    Guest:Amul Sathe, Director, Navigant Consulting;

    Audrey Lee, Vice President, Sunrun;

    James Fine, Director, Environmental Defense Fund;

    Katie Ryan, Director of Partnerships, WattTime;

    James Hansell, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting


    More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/challenges-to-meet-100-clean-energy-goal-by-2045-in-ca-tickets-52815700181#

    CA Cleantech to China Round Table

    Date & Time: November 7, 2018, 5:30pm-9:00pm

    Address:4500 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054


    More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ca-cleantech-to-china-round-table-117-tickets-51641667618#

    Grid Edge Innovation Summit

    Grid Edge Innovation Summit is the leading future energy conference that will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging.

    Date & Time: June 20-21, 2018

    Address: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (San Francisco, CA)


    More information:https://goo.gl/HYiNY2

    From Scientist Become Entrepreneur

    Date & Time: June 9, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Address: 19 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002

    Guest: Dr. Carl Wang


    More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-scientist-become-entrepreneur-tickets-46741228272#


    SCEA/CalCEF [second issue] 2018 Clean Tech Investor Night

    Date & Time: May 15, 2018 5:00pm-8:00pm

    Address: 1 Market Street, Spear Tower, Suite 1900, San Francisc, CA 94105

    Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall


    More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connex-investor-night-spring-2018-tickets-45451116513

    Real Time Focus - Energy Storage Policy and Market Model

    Date & Time: In April 28, 2018 12:00pm-4:00pm

    Address: 250 West Tasman Dr, San Jose, CA95134

    Guest: Fan Dai, Ph.D.,VIC shao,Mizhi Zhang


    More information: https://eng2018_2.eventbrite.com

    Data & Analytics Technology (DT)-The New Normal for the Power Industry

    Date & Time: April 21, 2018 3:00pm-4:30pm

    Address: Green Earth Sciences Building,

    Room 104, Stanford University

    Guest: Professor Le Xie

    Energy Internet of Things Application Exchange

    Date & Time:February 24, 2018 2:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:Green Earth Sciences Building,

    Room 104, Stanford University

    Guest:Eva Diess,Dr. Zhao Peng,Dr. Tao Ye

    Electricity Market and Demand Response

    Date & Time:Dec 17, 2017 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:Green Earth Sciences Building,

    Room104, Stanford University

    Guest:Zhang Nan, Tang Lei, Hu Yang

    Energy Internet in China - Meeting with Meinergy

    Date & Time:Aug 1st, 2017 6:30pm-9:00pm

    Address:Green Earth Sciences Building,

    Room 104, Stanford University

    Guest:Liao Yu (CEO of Meinergy)

    US clean-tech trek for Chinese entrepreneurs & executives

    Date:February 20 to March 3, 2017

    Introduction: More than 20 executives from China visited 15 prominent clean-tech firms and research institutes in Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston within two weeks, including companies such as Chargepoint, GridX, C3 LoT, Autogrid, and research institutions such as Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and MIT.

    US-China Green Energy Summit

    Date & Time:July 15, 2016 8:00am-6:00pm

    Address:2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

    Introduction: Chinese and U.S. government officials will have discussions with leaders from the power industry, the renewable energy industry, the information technology industry and the Internet industry to seek for cross-industry collaborations on combating climate change.

    Roundtable discussion on Energy Big Data

    Date & Time:July 14, 2016 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:Stanford University

    Guest:China and US energy big data business executives

    Energy storage in China and the United States

    Date & Time:July 13, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm

    Address:Thornton Center 110,379 Santa Teresa St, Stanford

    Guests:Michael Liu (Director of Energy Storage Business Development, BYD); Leon Zhang (Managing Director, Clou Energy); Jason Yan (Business Development Manager, Gotion)

    Silicon Valley Innovation Research and Enlightenment

    Date & Time:June 3rd, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm

    Address:Green Earth Sciences Building 104, 367 Panama St, Stanford, CA 94305

    Guest:An Ma

    Renewable energy and energy revolution

    Date & Time:April 23, 2016 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:E102, Stanford Business School (655 Knight Way, Stanford,CA)

    Guest:Xuhui Zhou

    Learning from the California carbon market

    Date & Time:April 6, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm(PDT)

    Address:Haas School of Business - 2220 Piedmont Avenue Room S480, Berkeley, CA

    Guests: Bo Shen, Bin Ye

    Grid Modernization for the Increased Penetration of DERs

    Date & Time:March 17th, 2016

    Address: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Courtyard 1B,
    650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

    Guest: Frances Bell;Dr. Jeffrey Chapman;Dr. George Zhou;Xiaofeng Zhang

    Opportunities in energy entrepreneurship

    Date & Time:March 5th, 2016 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:E102, Stanford Business School

    (655 Knight Way, Stanford,CA)

    Guest:Yin Cao, Kai Owen

    Sino-US Power Market and Demand Side Management Symposium

    Date & Time:Feb 22, 2016 7:00pm–9:00pm

    Address:Stanford GSB P107, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

    Guests: Representatives of China Electricity Council

    Discussion on China-US corporation in the electricity market

    Date & Time:Dec 10, 2015 2:00pm-6:00pm

    Address:2330 Central Expy, Santa Clara, CA 95050

    Guests:Representatives from China Southern Power Grid International Company, China Southern Power Grid peak frequency FM Company, China National Energy Construction Group Guangdong Electric Power Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd., Guangdong Provincial Water Conservancy and Electric Power Survey and Design Institute

    Energy Internet: China's Energy Revolution

    Date & Time: July 19, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Address:E102, Stanford Business School (655 Knight Way, Stanford,CA)

    Guest:Professor Zeng Rong, Qinghua University Institute of Energy Internet

  • News

    Electricity market and demand response in CA

    On December 17, 2017, the discussion on electricity market and demand response in California hosted by the Silicon Valley Chinese Energy Association (SCEA) was successfully held at the Green Earth Sciences Building at Stanford University. The three keynote speakers at the conference were Dr. Zhang Nan, an expert on the U.S. electricity market, Tang Lei, a senior trader with Tommy Energy Corp. in the United States, and Dr. Hu Yang from the United States on the DSM. Dr. Hu Yang presided over the conference.


    First, Dr. Zhang Nan introduced North American electricity market and transaction overview. Dr. Zhang Nan explains LMP (locational marginal price), which is the composition of node electricity price and the core algorithm of electricity market. It also introduces the sources of open market data related to electricity market and related software and services.


    The second guest speaker, Lei Tang, outlined the virtual transaction in the California electricity market from three aspects: the virtual trading in power market, the basic parameters of California power system and the technology that affects the price of nodes. Tang Lei first explained the three terms of the electricity market, namely, what is the current market, real-time market and virtual trading, and introduced the reason of introducing the virtual market.


    Finally, Dr. Hu Yang brought "California load response to participate in the power market," the introduction. Power user-side energy management is mainly divided into energy-saving and load response in two ways. He shows us through the chart the difference between the two and the difference between the beneficiary payers.

    US clean-tech company visits

    From February 20 to March 3, 2017, the Chinese Energy Association of Silicon Valley (SCEA) has partnered with NengApp, a leading energy consulting platform in China, to design a two-week exchange program for Chinese energy companies . More than 20 Chinese energy company executives visited 15 prominent energy companies and research institutes in Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston within two weeks, including companies such as Chargepoint, an electric car charging company, GridX, a pioneer in power marketing big data analytics, Energy Internet companies such as C3 LoT and Autogrid visited research institutes including Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and MIT.


    There are three major types of questions the executives are looking to answer from the visits:


    First, the power market transactions. What is the composition of the U.S. electricity market? Futures Market and the spot market and the auxiliary market is how to coordinate? Each type of market to solve those problems? Market efficiency how? What are the rules of operation in the spot market? Quotation should have what quality, knowledge and experience, quotes how to quote?


    The second type of problem is the design of financial instruments. What are the financial derivatives behind the spot market conditions? How does a financial instrument counter the risk of a sales company? What is the design principle of financial instruments? How does a sales company buy financial instruments to maximize profits?


    The third type of problem is the issue of integrated energy services. What are the modes of integrated energy services related to the electricity market? What are the methods of power forecasting?

    Big Data & Energy Panel Discussion

    On November 18, 2015, the Silicon Valley Chinese Energy Association (SCEA), in conjunction with the Stanford University School of Business Energy Association, conducted an open seminar on energy big data and energy Internet at Stanford Business School and invited C3 Energy Opower, PG & E and Vision Energy Investment executives conducted a discussion on the transformation of the energy industry in the Internet age.

    C3 Energy is a rising star in Silicon Valley energy big data in recent years who use big data to power grid companies with asset management software;


    Opower focuses on big data analytics and changes in user behavior, mitigating the grid by encouraging users to conserve power;


    PG&E is the largest power grid company in Northern California;


    Vision Energy is a leader in China's energy Internet sector with offices in Silicon Valley and a visionary investment firm focusing on the Internet, Big Data, IoT Investment in the field.


    The event invited C3 Energy's CTO, Mr. Ed Abbo, to give a keynote speech on the event.


    The panel invited Tom Mercer, Product Director of Opower, Nikhil Krishnan, Vice President of Products of C3 Energy, Co-founder Dan Mr. Ahn and Timotej Gavrilovic, PG & E Demand Side Data Analysis Manager.

    In his keynote speech, Mr. Ed Abbo introduced C3 Energy's big data analysis technology. After the wonderful opening of the seminar, the event officially entered the panel discussions.

    Energy Internet: China's Energy Revolution

    On July 19, 2015, SCEA was honored to have invited Professor Zeng Rong, Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University and Dean of Energy Internet Innovation Institute of Tsinghua University, to share the changes in the domestic energy industry and the energy Internet s future. Key topics include:


    (1) The dual pressures of energy environment and economic development: Environmentally, air pollution in China caused 3.8% of GDP loss in 2012, and per capita energy resources in China are less than half of the world average in energy production. China's energy consumption is the world average for energy consumption 2.5 times.


    (2) New energy technology development tends to inflection point: The wind power in China is developing rapidly. The installed capacity of wind power in China is much larger than that of other countries. The cost of photovoltaics has dropped rapidly. The development of electric vehicles has been rapid. In 2014, the number of electric vehicles in China reached 74,800 units, ranking the second in the world with the number of passenger cars in Beijing being 120,000. New energy vehicles 30,000, electric car charging power over the sum of household electricity.


    (3) China's new round of market-oriented electricity reform started with the co-existence of strategies and opportunities:

    The sixth meeting of the Central Financial Leading Group in 2014 emphasized the promotion of energy system reform. In 2015, the concept of smart energy was put forward to promote energy production and consumption intelligence, establish a distributed energy network, and develop grid-based communication facilities and new businesses.

  • Introduction to Online Pitching Platform:

    SCEA’s Online Pitching Platform helps to connect Silicon Valley energy innovations and Chinese investors/China market. The online nature of this platform solves a major pain point of physical presence for cross-border deals. Unlike other platforms, our service is free and high-quality with our teams consisting of VC professionals, energy gurus, and entrepreneurs.


    We connect cleantech investors to cross-border startups and the most up-to-date market state.


    We organize online pitching for startups and expose them to SCEA exclusive media partners domestic and oversea.


    We partner with incubators on global exposure and market entry.

    Media Partners

    We work with media partners to enhance their impacts by collaborating and spreading cleantech-related contents across SCEA ecosystem.

  • Current Investors From

  • Team

    Yang Hu

    Co-founder and President

    Energy & Utilities Consultant at Cognizant

    Previous: APTIM, Nexant, Ph.D. graduate at Carnegie Mellon University

    Jing Ge


    UC Berkeley CITRIS - Incubation, technology partnership, entrepreneurship, investment. Prev. LBNL China-US building Energy Policy research

    Yirong Zhang


    M.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford
    Previous: Bosch, Cyclone Energy Group

    Na Yu

     Program Director - Energy Efficiency

    Na Yu is a Senior Consultant in Energy Practice in Navigant Consulting. She has abundant backgrounds in energy modeling and data analytics and her work focus on energy efficiency impact evaluation, process evaluation, demand response projection, and potential study. Her current work primarily is in applying statistical and machine learning method to analyze billing data and metered data to predict usage. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master in Mechanical Engineering at University of Notre Dame.

    Zetian (Tim) Zhang

    Program Assistant – Energy Efficiency

    M.Eng. Candidate in Environmental Engineering at Duke University

    Previous: Bloom Energy (student consultant), WaterFX (engineering intern)

    Yuqiao Liang

    Business Development Director

    Yuqiao is responsible for developing and expanding SCEA’s community partnership ecosystem. He has an interdisciplinary background and has worked across public sector, energy, tech, finance, etc. In the past, he had worked for Tsing Capital, SAP, Global Footprint Network, Sonen Capital, primarily focusing on energy innovations. Currently, he is an associate at Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group, where he specializes in venture debt. Yuqiao holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Peilun Sun

    Event Director

    Peilun Sun is responsible for coordinating and organizing events for SCEA, including but not limited to Clean-tech Road show, Annual Conference, Speaker Series and etc. With a keen interest in investment, clean energy, and entrepreneurship, he is currently a business associate at Gulf Capital Management with a focus on sourcing deal and evaluating investment opportunities. Peilun holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Health & Engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Environmental Science.

    Summer Jiakun Zhao

    Conference Chair

    Summer leads the development and organization of the annual SCEA conferences focused on US-China relationship & clean energy. Summer has been working at Tesla for a few years, with the roles of associate product manager and sales engineer, developing energy storage projects across the U.S. Before Tesla Summer has also worked at Navigant and EnerNOC on energy strategy consulting and demand response. Summer earned her M.S. from MIT in System Engineering, with her thesis focusing on electric vehicles and renewable energy.

    Xinyue (Luna) Li

    Program Manager - LA Chapter

    D.Env Candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering at UCLA

    Previous: WattTime, World Resources Institute

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