Lane Garrett, PE, CEM is the Chief Engineering Executive at World Energy Services LLC and ULG Energy Solutions, focused on designing and manufacturing solar power and renewable energy products and systems. Previously, he was the CEO at ETA Engineering Inc. Lane has over 40 years of experience in the Photovoltaic and Energy Industries. He has experience in avionics, designing and testing products at the Naval Air Development Center. He also has experience in multi-Department IC applications manufacturing, sales training, and marketing at Motorola Semiconductor and Government Electronics.
Lane has designed a 320 MW photovoltaic power plant. He holds a BS Electrical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, an MS in Engineering from Arizona State University and taught the MBA (8.5 yrs.) in Technology Management Programs at the University of Phoenix.
He is a registered PE in Arizona, a Technologist with numerous innovations and frequently evaluates tradeoffs in Renewable Energy options.
He has traveled to Ethiopia to evaluate RE options and has been invited back for updating administrators.
Lane also has developed and taught a 4 week curriculum in Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy for inmates to prepare them to enter the industry after release.
He recently traveled to SE Asia to evaluate numerous PV opportunities from housing to large Power Plants and frequently consults in the Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, micro grid and Solar Energy fields.
He evaluates both business and market tradeoffs with Technology options including battery storage.
He has been active in multiple RE organizations and often presents at policy meetings and has given many presentations, papers, seminars throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, Belize, Viet Nam and Ethiopia.
As a Certified Energy Manager, he can give options on Utility Rates vs. Energy usage and management vs. Self-generation. This also applies to micro-grid applications.
Lane S. Garrett, P.E. Solar and Renewable Energy related firsts:
- 1978 – First AC proportional control for domestic Solar Hot water Systems.
- 1979 – Patent on Linear Differential Temperature Sensor Controller and Meter for Thermal system control.
- 1980 – DC-to-DC Photovoltaic Down converter for Cathodic Protection that typically doubles efficiency making PV power cost effective in many cases
- 1980 – The first high efficiency PV swimming pool pumping system with High efficiency DC drive.
- 1980 – Developed the first PV to battery charging controls to continuously survive high incident lightning environments.
- 1981 – The first lighting controller/timers/regulators that use the PV modules for dawn/dusk detection.
- 1981 – The first Maximum Power Tracking Controls and Down Converters for driving DC motors for Water Pumping
- 1982 – The first PV/AC Combiner boxes for driving evaporative coolers from either AC or DC Power sources
- 1982 – The first 20 kW PV line-tie system (Dickson, CA) using an electrically floating array design that detects a ground fault from either positive or negative inputs.
The design also isolates a fault to within any two modules, the same basic approach is now used throughout Europe.
- 1983 – Patent on a Switching-Shunt, Pulse Width Modulated (PWM), continuous stage, self-equalizing, PV to battery charge regulator that still gives the best battery life achievable.
- 1985 – The first practical yard light (7 watts of PV power with an 8 year life battery)
- 1994 – The first dual mode lighting controller that turns lights back on for a pre-settable time before dawn.
- 1982 – Designed the first workable high efficiency PV powered Progressive Cavity PV pumping systems with the needed high starting torque.
1984 Designed the first PV or AC powered Evaporative Cooler Systems with variable speed control.
- 1990 – Designed the high accuracy Battery Capacity Meter (BCM) that accurately shows percentage of battery capacity remaining at rest voltage.
- 1991 – Designed 180VDC to 40VDC input high compliance control for charging 24VDC (or other) Battery systems from a widely varying input voltage source.
- 2000 – Developed very high compliance input (260 VDC to 40VDC) DC-to-DC converter for charging 24VDC batteries at 3+ Amps of current for Rail Road applications.
- 2003 – High afternoon output, PV high efficiency power plant design using amorphous transformers and wide angle trackers with seasonable adjustment with all components designed to minimize cost per kWh, providing $0.11/kwh into utility lines with no support or incentives from the state.
- 2006 – Designed the world’s largest PV power plant using innovative tandom – amorphous Silicon technology in 5 ft. X 10 ft. modules, innovative Power Inverters that he helped design, using twice normal input operating voltage. 320 MW on 4 square miles in SW NM. Costs were under $0.10 per kWh.
- 2009 – Developed PV Power Plant Pipeline of over 30 potential power plants with the capacity of over 2GW total.
- 2012 – Developed 60 and 120-class-hour training course in PV design and installation taught at the prison level to reduce recidivism.
- 2012 – Current shares his expertise as a consultant to several new startup companies in the PV Industry.