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Ross Koningstein

Ross Koningstein

Driven by learnings from his efforts on Google's RE less-than C (renewable electricity cheaper than coal), Ross started an advanced energy research group to explore what Google could do to accelerate future nuclear-derived energy, a potential solution to climate change. Examples include Google's plasma fusion collaboration with TAE Technologies (Optometrist Algorithm), sponsoring a scientific investigation into the parameter space in which Cold Fusion has been claimed ( Nature Perspective), sponsoring research into Nuclear Excitation by Electron Capture ( NEEC at EPFL), and engaging in high-level future of energy advocacy.

Ross joined Google in 2000 as its first Director of Engineering after an entrepreneurial early career. His early work at Google included contributing to the design of Google's breakthrough high-efficiency data center in The Dalles, Oregon. He was one of the early inventors of Google's AdWords, the main revenue driver for the company.

Outside of work, Ross applied his knowledge of energy systems to his home renovation and won a green building award, and gave invited talks at Stanford on his learnings. He was an executive producer of two movies “Pandora’s Promise”, and "The New Fire". Ross earned a PhD in Aerospace Robotics at Stanford University and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Carleton University, and was awarded an "honorary doctorate from Carleton University.

Selected Patents

Methods and apparatus for ordering advertisements based on performance information and price information (Google AdWords foundational patent)

Associating Features With Entities, Such As Categories Of Web Page Documents, And/Or Weighting Such Features (Google AdSense)

Determining and/or using end user local time information in an ad system

Optimal pricing and advertisement slot allocation

Method and apparatus for enabling a host to influence how a packet is routed through a network

Soliciting user input for thermostat control

Changing a rank of a document by applying a rank transition function

Electrical load management

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    How Climate Change was Won
    Communications of the ACM, vol. Vol. 66 No. 11 (2023), Pages 100-ff
    Preview abstract A short fictional piece telling the story of how climate change was won, from the perspective of a newscaster on Mars. View details
    Preview abstract Engineers: You Can Disrupt Climate Change Illustrates the scale and nature of challenges, and opportunities for engineers to tackle them. View details
    Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion
    Curtis Berlinguette
    Jeremy Munday
    Matt Trevithick
    Thomas Schenkel
    Yet-Ming Chiang
    Nature (2019)
    Preview abstract The 1989 claim of ‘cold fusion’ was publicly heralded as the future of clean energy generation. However, subsequent failures to reproduce the effect heightened scepticism of this claim in the academic community, and effectively led to the disqualification of the subject from further study. Motivated by the possibility that such judgement might have been premature, we embarked on a multi-institution programme to re-evaluate cold fusion to a high standard of scientific rigour. Here we describe our efforts, which have yet to yield any evidence of such an effect. Nonetheless, a by-product of our investigations has been to provide new insights into highly hydrided metals and low-energy nuclear reactions, and we contend that there remains much interesting science to be done in this underexplored parameter space. View details
    PowerNet for distributed Energy Resources
    Anand Ramesh
    Sangsun Kim
    Jim Schmalzried
    Jyoti Sastry
    Michael Dikovsky {{+mdikovsky
    Konstantin Bozhkov
    Eduardo Pinheiro
    Scott Collyer
    Ankit Somani
    Ram Rajagopal
    Arun Majumdar
    Junjie Qin
    Gustavo Cezar
    Juan Rivas
    Abbas El Gamal
    Dian Gruenich
    Steven Chu
    Sila Kiliccote
    Conference: 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), IEEE Power and Energy Society, Boston, MA, USA (2016)
    Preview abstract We propose Powernet as an end-to-end open source technology for economically efficient, scalable and secure coordination of grid resources. It offers integrated hardware and software solutions that are judiciously divided between local embedded sensing, computing and control, which are networked with cloud-based high-level coordination for real-time optimal operations of not only centralized but also millions of distributed resources of various types. Our goal is to enable penetration of 50% or higher of intermittent renewables while minimizing the cost and address security and economical scalability challenges. In this paper we describe the basic concept behind Powernet and illustrate some components of the solution. View details
    Optimal trajectory control for parallel single phase H-bridge inverters
    Seungil You
    Decision and Control (CDC), 2015 IEEE 54th Annual Conference on, IEEE, pp. 1983 - 1990
    Preview abstract We describe a novel inverter control method that solves an optimization problem during each switching interval to closely follow a virtual impedance control law. We report droop behavior over a wide range of applied loads and power sharing among multiple inverters. View details
    What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change
    IEEE Spectrum December 2014, IEEE, 3 Park Ave, 17th floor, New York, NY 10016-5997, pp. 30-35
    Preview abstract What two Googlers learned from a failed attempt to find the renewable energy source of tomorrow. View details
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