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Reframing Carbon Capture and Release

Friday August 21st, 2018

Part of a two-webinar series examining whether the pace of R&D funding for carbon capture, storage and reuse can be accelerated if it is framed as a social responsibility. How can government, industry and citizens contribute to the social responsibility of meeting the climate imperative by funding the underpinnings of...

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Global and Local Innovation in Clean Energy Regulation and Clean Technology

Thursday, July 19, 2018
9:00 -10:30 a.m.

Dorit Davidovich Banet

  • Co-founder and CEO of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

In an age when the world's population is growing, electricity consumption is increasing drastically, and global warming is already knocking on our doors, there is no escape from a fundamental paradigm transition in global electricity generation and Transmission.

In 2006, the Eilat Eilot region realized that the potential of the solar...

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Carbon Capture and Reliable Storage

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Jennifer Wilcox

  • Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines

The scale by which CO2 must be mitigated worldwide dwarfs the existing chemical industry, making utilization of CO2 as a chemical feedstock a minor component of the portfolio of mitigation options. Carbon capture and storage is one strategy that could potentially mitigate gigatons of CO2 emissions per year, provided geological...

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Concentrating Solar Power R&D at Sandia National Labs

Friday, May 11, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Paul Gauche

  • Manager, Concentrating Solar Technologies Department and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Labs

This seminar aims to provide an overview of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) research at Sandia National Labs in three parts. The first part will cover an overview of what Sandia National Labs does in energy. The other two parts will cover the capabilities, current research and testing done at the...

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ASU-NSF I-Corps™ Lunch + Info Session

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (register below)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 (register here)
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Brent Sebold

  • Executive Director of Venture Development, Entrepreneurship + Innovation, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

I-Corps™ Teams comprise 3 members: PIs, ELs, and Mentors. 1.) Principal Investigators (PIs) are typically ASU-affiliated faculty researchers. 2.) Entrepreneurial Leads (ELs) are typically postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, or other students, staff, or community members. 3.) Mentors are typically sourced from industry and have experience transitioning technologies from academic labs...

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Stories from Data (SFD) Workshops

Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Michael Simeone

  • Director of Data Science and Analytics, Arizona State University Library

Stories from Data (SFD) is a series of workshops aimed at connecting visual storytelling and data visualization. No previous experience with visualization programming or software is required.

Stories from Data will run from March 5-7 at the Memorial Union, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Coffee and...

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The Cultural Functions of Climate

Environmental Humanities PlanetWorks LightWorks
Thursday, January 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Environmental Humanities Initiative Lecture

Mike Hulme

  • Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge, U.K.

The idea of climate has always fulfilled important psychological, cultural and political functions. Climate may be understood according to aggregated statistics of weather or apprehended more intuitively, as a tacit idea held in social memory. However defined, “climate” establishes certain expectations about the possibility of stable and meaningful human...

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New and Innovative Policy and Business Models for Distributed Energy Resources in a Hyper-Connected World

Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (panel discussion; WGHL 481)
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (student lunch with Thomas Baker; WGHL 401; Only for current ASU and Thunderbird students)

Thomas Baker

  • Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

Kris Mayes

  • Director, Energy Policy Innovation Council

Wesley Herche

  • Moderator
  • Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University

As renewable energy takes off and moves closer to the point of consumption, generation around the world is becoming more decentralized. These distributed energy resources (DER) are transforming energy markets, but questions remain about what this new industry will look like and how DER will be managed. In this...

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An Introduction to Geospatial Analysis for Energy and Environmental Applications

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

John Cirucci

  • Principal, Spatial Analytics

"Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things." - Tobler’s Law of Geography

The concept of PLACE has never been more prominent and ubiquitous in our personal and professional lives. Maps have evolved into sophisticated, interactive, decision-support systems. The confluence of big data, remote...

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Development of All Back Contact Cells using Multilayer Foil Metallization

Friday, October 6, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

David Levy

  • Director of Research and Technology, Natcore Technology

Natcore Technology is developing a new back-contact back-junction cell metallization based upon multilayer foil laminates. Capable of being produced in low-cost roll-to-roll processes, the laminates consist of aluminum foils bonded to an insulating film, yielding for example a preformed metal / dielectric / metal stack that can be used to...

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PERC Solar Development and Manufacturing

Thursday, August 3, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Qi Wang

  • Chief Scientist, Jinko Solar

Recently the standard back surface field (BSF) p-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells were significantly replaced by the passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells in large volume. PERC solar cells appear successfully migrating from lab’s development to factory manufacturing. The story is unfolded with solutions of passivated-layer equipment for mass...

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Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 2: The Technologies Needed

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Eric Larson

  • Senior Research Faculty, Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Klaus Lackner

  • Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University

Susan Hovorka

  • Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

Joel Makower

  • Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc.

The capacity of the Earth’s atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is very limited. Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its “carbon budget” within two decades, if it hasn’t already. This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change...

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University of Tokyo Solar Cell Research

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Masakazu Sugiyama

  • Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems
  • School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Kasidit Toprasertpong

  • Doctoral Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems
  • School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Join us for two related presentations. Dr. Sugiyama will present "The Solar Quest for High-Efficiency III-V Cells," where he will touch on the great potential of III-V semiconductors to enhance efficiency of solar cells using multi-junction and intermediate-band technologies. Mr. Toprasertpong will present "Carrier Transport and Current Collection Model in...

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Restoring the Carbon Balance

Thursday, December 15, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MT

Jeffrey Sachs

  • World-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist

Kevin Anderson

  • Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester

John Shepherd

  • Emeritus Professor of Earth System Science within the Ocean and Earth Science Department of the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science, University of Southampton, at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society

David Biello

  • Science Curator at Ted Talks and former Scientific American Energy and Environment Editor

The capacity of the Earth's atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is limited. Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its "carbon budget" within two decades, if it hasn't already. This concern has led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

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United's Sustainable Community - An Island Solution

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Robert Divers

  • CEO of United Interests

Robert Divers is the CEO of United Interests and the founder of United Power, developer of renewable energy and clean thermal power projects. Prior to United, Mr. Divers served as the Managing Principal of PORTsmart Energy LLC, where he was responsible for the development of new industrial, power, telecommunications and...

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