Third Industrial Revolution and Implications for the Energy Markets

8th to 9th DECEMEBER, 2016, SINGAPORE

About The Course

This course will explore the theory and practices involved in the transition that is occurring known as the “Third Industrial Revolution”. An overview of the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will lead into a detailed analysis of each pillar. The course will focus on the benefits and challenges this revolution presents to Businesses, Administrators, Government agencies, Policy makers, Utilities, and other players in the energy and industry fields. Issues to be covered include: Accelerating the transition to Renewable Energy, transitioning the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants, Deploying storage technologies throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies, Using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing inter-grid, Transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity, and the widespread ramifications of how these changes will affect your work, business, and lives. Additional topics may include (as time allows): the importance of collaborative behavior, Social networks aiding boutique professional and technical workforces, Moving from centralized business models to lateral distributed models, Replacing traditional, hierarchical organization of economic and political power with lateral power organized more democratically across society, and additional material. The presentation is by a Renewable Energy expert with over 25 years of personal experience with training administrators, contractors and other instructors on topics of energy and its impacts on Business, society, and culture.

Learning Outcomes

This course will allow participants to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about “Third Industrial Revolution” with a focus on real-world applications and examples of the five pillars of the revolution. Participants in this course will upon completion, be able to:

  • Define & explain “Third Industrial Revolution”
  • Describe and identify the Five Pillars of the “Third Industrial Revolution” (TIR)
  • Describe financial benefits engaging in the transitions of the revolution
  • Correctly understand the affects of the transition on Business and Society
  • Recommend a path of participation in the transition to meet a business owner’s administrators goals
  • Provide clients with the tools for adapting to and participating in the TIR
  • Identify and describe different effects of the TIR on Businesses and Society at large
  • Explain best practices for successful transition of various players during the TIR
  • Demonstrate the positive benefits of the TIR to various stake holders
  • Present cogent discussions and effective presentations on the TIR and its coming effects

Who Should Attend

  • Administrators for stakeholders in the Energy and other industrial fields
  • Investors
  • Project managers
  • Designers
  • Government policy makers
  • Business leaders
  • Creative individuals interested in societal change

Course Faculty - Christopher LaForge

IREC Certified Master Trainer
– Photovoltaic Technologies

Christopher LaForge

Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation and is an IREC Certified Master Trainer (TM) in Photovoltaic Technologies. Christopher was the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses at the Institutes inception.


A strong advocate for clean energy production Christopher volunteers with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (board of directors member 2004-2014, Chair of the Nominations Committee-current) and with the Northern Futures Foundation.

Christopher LaForge has been designing, specifying, installing and operating Battery based Solar Electric systems (PV) for over 30 years.  LaForge has lived “off-Grid” for over 26 years where he runs his business Great Northern Solar.


LaForge has been training contractors, administrators and officials in the operation of PV systems including those employing storage for over 26 years.  In the last 5 years LaForge has been investigating and developing trainings for the application of energy storage in commercial and other large applications.


With the development of Lithium Ion and other advanced battery technologies LaForge has begun to consult and present trainings in battery design and deployment for the commercial market.


In 2016 LaForge developed a hands-on seminar for retrofitting a LiOn storage and energy arbitrage system for a commercial building in Duluth Minnesota.  The Hartley Solar Storage Retrofit Seminar walked participants through the design and implementation of the advanced storage system to provide for building resiliency and peak demand load shaving as well and potential other ancillary services for the Hartley Nature Center and Minnesota Power – the site Utility.


This small prototype is beta-testing Energy Arbitrage software that allows the client to choose several operational modes for cost reduction and resiliency.


Most recently LaForge presented “Energy Storage into Renewable Energy Systems” for the North Central Electrical League in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area of Minnesota.

Learning Outcome

  • Defining the Third Industrial Revolution and outlining its’ Implications for the Energy Markets
  • The five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution
  • The big shift – accelerating the transition to Renewable Energy
  • Transitioning the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants
  • Deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies
  • Using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energysharing inter-grid that acts just like the Internet
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan