Bronzeville in Green


A new study confirms and highlights the need for Bronzeville becoming  a smart community. The authors of the new study point to a fundamental fact: America cities that engage smart technologies will greatly benefit its citizens.


An article written in the Curbed New Design states that U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design. “A financial case for green roofs, solar panels, and permeable pavement” – By Patrick Sisson

According to Sisson’s  article, the study  attest that changes that come from city-wide smart green technologies adoption would also provide more proportional benefits to citizens living in low-income areas.” The article outlines that “due to lack of trees and greenery, and the higher likelihood of living in or near areas covered in dark, impervious surfaces, these residents suffer more from summer heat, air pollution, respiratory illness, heat stress, and high health costs than the population at large. 

A previous study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that, in U.S. cities, African Americans and Hispanics are 51 percent and 21 percent more likely, respectively, to live in high heat risk urban areas than non-Hispanic white Americans.”

Read the full article:  “U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design, says report.”



Creating Clean Energy, Technology Jobs in Bronzeville

A group of Bronzeville tech savvy investors, businessmen, professors and researchers are bent on creating thousands of technology jobs in Bronzeville, as well as in the surrounding Southside area. The group intends to create, not Silicon Valley, but Lithium Valley, in the heart of the Southside. Ellington Ellis, one of the founding members of the Bronzeville Energy  Collaborative (BEC), says the area is ripe for energy storage (Battery) research and development. With the great institutions being just a stone’s throw away, U of Chicago, IIT, Argonne National Laboratory, the local talent and the great entrepreneurship spirit, that has always been a part of Bronzeville since the great Migration, the area is prime to create advance manufacturing, and technology components.

We will create thousands of jobs over the next 5-10 years. In 2018 alone, we plan to locate a lithium-ion battery research and repurposing facility, creating over 300 jobs, says Ellis.

Along with the planned lithium facility, BEC is discussing with city and private citizens in exploring the creation of a smart city that will have, wireless electric vehicle charging stations, traffic sensors, Vehicle to infrastructure capabilities. The group sees Bronzeville as an epicenter of energy storage innovation. But more than creating and delivering smart products and service to Bronzeville, Ellis states that emphasis will be placed upon Biomimicry. Biomimicry is the belief that behind smart products and cities are smart people. It is not enough to have smart products and infrastructure, but the intelligent devices must mimic life, all life. No longer will Bronzeville be an extractive district where people come in to benefit from and not benefit for. We are a Citizenry of the present, developing the future for all its citizens. When Bronzeville slumbers, Chicago sleeps. Bronzeville has awaken, and Chicago is roaring. Here comes Bronzeville.

Smart Technology

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Qi Technology inventor and GBS – Co-owner Dave Baarman at CES

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Bronzeville Energy Storage Technology (BEST)

Bronzeville Energy Collaborative (BEC) will be a private/public collaborative focused on elevating technology development in the community of Bronzeville. The project is aimed at turning thousands of homes, business and schools in the Bronzeville neighborhood as virtual power plants, able to reduce the amount of energy they draw from the existing power grid.

The collaborative founding members are from area technology companies, universities and community groups.  The members are founded on the belief that renewable energy sources, and electrification can only be successful and gain worldwide acceptance as Battery Energy Storage Systems accelerate in growth to store intermittent renewable generation

The immediate goals of the group is to locate a lithium-ion Lab and repurposing facility that will develop Battery Storage Systems (BESS)

In partnership with the wider strategic plan of Bronzeville its public leaders, citizens and customers the collaborative intends to aid and assist in revolutionizing the Bronzeville electric system to one that is more cost effective, renewable and reliable.

The main goal according to Ellington Ellis, a founding member, is to move Bronzeville toward electricity self generation and community wealth creation.

Ellington Ellis, a founding member of the collaborative, stated that many proposed collaboratives goals are never realized because community and collaborative members are looking for alignments. “Alignment is not what should be sought, says, Ellis, whether it be politics, business, religion or economics. Alignment is parallelism, and parallel lines never meet. Intersecting lines meet and at that intersection is where amazing events, innovation and success happens. “Our collaborative is not seeking alignment, but rather intersections that produce natural alignments. This is how we will be successful where others have failed.”

Utilizing some of the latest technology developed by some of its collaborative members the group will turn the Bronzeville neighborhood into an energy independent, wealth creation community. The comprehensive project will consist of Nano-grids, campus-grids, micro-grids, energy efficient products and services, community training programs. The project will also include the development and delivery of residential and business solar walls, utilizing second life batteries,  an ICC novel technology, wind and solar energy generation.

The project not only projects the Bronzeville neighborhood as a power and wealth generation community but anticipates, based on its study, to provide thousands of jobs for the community over the next 10 to 20 years. Employment expansion and poverty reduction will be created by transforming the energy generation and distribution system in Bronzeville. A critical outgrowth of the collaborative is the ability to raise living standards for working people and the poor as the global energy micro partners grid transformation proceeds.

The project participants are looking to engage several intersecting entities, sponsors and investors. Current participants that will brought to the table based upon the current relationship with the founding members include: Global Battery Solutions, Urban America, Navitas Systems, Department of Transportation (DOT) Argonne National Laboratories, IIT, Bronzeville Urban Development.

Bronzeville Community Revenue Models:

Energy storage projects provide a number of services and, for each service, receive a different revenue stream.

Distributed energy storage projects offer two main sources of revenue.

Capacity payments from the local utility are one. Power purchase agreements providing capacity payments for distributed energy storage systems with terms of 10 years or more are becoming customary in California. Payments for demand charge management for on-site load are another. Demand charge management occurs when electricity is drawn from the during times when grid prices are highest. By drawing on the battery for power at those times, customers avoid expensive demand response charges. Although the customer’s cost savings vary, developers can lock in a revenue stream by charging customers a fixed monthly fee based on projected cost savings.

Distributed energy storage systems that have been financed by borrowing on a non-recourse basis to date have been able to demonstrate a rate of return that is acceptable to lenders based on revenues from capacity payments from a utility and compensation for demand response management from creditworthy customers.

What many industry players find exciting about distributed energy storage is the potential to stack even more revenue streams from ancillary services, such as spinning reserves and voltage support.

As it relates to ComEd, the group firmly believes that ComEd should not take ownership of these micro grid systems. However, the collaborative is sensitive to ComEd’s business model. BEC believes that ComEd should partner with community groups in developing and owning Micro-grids. Rather than letting micro-grids invisibly appear in the marketplace it is important that ComEd work in collaborative efforts with the community for the greater good of all stakeholders. We desire to work alongside ComEd to facilitate the provision of micro-grids, marketing and branding to the renewable and emerging ESS market.

Excess power: providing to ComEd at a much lower rate than ComEd would pay on the open market

Annual Workshop Conferences and trainings on Micro-Grids

Providing power to industry and businesses

Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging

Plug-less to Plug-in

Bronzeville Wireless Project

GBS WiCharging™

The GBS WiCharging™ Technology enables all classes of electric vehicles to be charged without supervision and under all weather conditions. It is cost effective compared to plug-in charging. It helps ensure manufacturers PHEV emission test figures will be representative of what is actually achieved.

As such, it is the key enabling technology required to practice routine Opportunity Charging, which allows the driving range of all electric vehicles to be extended. Dave Baarman, the inventor of the Qi wireless charging technology, which is embedded in the Samsung phones and now the Apple phones, leads the GBS Qi EV WiCharging technology platform. As a consequence, GBS is the only company holding the Qi license operating in the EV wireless charging space.

Wireless charging is all about making the EV charging process convenient, simple and hassle free for the owner, while all at the same time extending the performance, durability and safety of charging of the charging process. Our Wireless technology and system requires no driver interaction.

GBS develops high power inductive charging technologies for the automotive and transportation industries. Our proven technology allows any type of vehicle to be connected to the electrical power grid without the use of wires or cables.

GBS WiCharging technology was developed to meet the needs of current and future generations of electrically powered vehicles. Automated wireless charging is an alternative to plug-in charging and provides the primary means of charging the batteries of these vehicles. Our technology can safely transmit electrical energy through air, water, and ice.

The GBS WiCharging™ Technology enables all classes of electric vehicles to be charged without supervision and under all weather conditions. As such, it is the key enabling technology required to practice routine Opportunity Charging, which allows the driving range of all electric vehicles to be extended.

The company’s business model of equipping top auto makers with wireless charging capabilities for their electric vehicles and licensing its technology private businesses and municipalities is speeding toward commercial deployment in the first half of 2018