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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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Engineering for Global Development: Use-Inspired Solutions to Water-Energy Nexus Challenges

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chris Mattson

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Design Exploration Research Group, Brigham Young University will present Village Drill: A Case Study in Engineering for Global Development, With Five Years of Data Post Market-Introduction

Amy Bilton

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Associate Director, Center for Global Engineering, University of Toronto will present Design of Appropriate Water and Energy Technologies for the Developing World

Kendra Sharp

  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor in Humanitarian Engineering, Oregon State University will present Assessing Current and Future Climate, Water and Hydropower Scenarios in Data-Sparse Mountain Regions

Rhett Larson

  • Associate Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University will present Distributed Water Treatment, Storage, and Augmentation and Water Rights in the Middle East

Characterizing and solving water-energy nexus challenges is critical to the long-term sustainability and resiliency of our human-natural ecosystem. This is true domestically and internationally, in both urban and rural settings, and across geopolitical and cultural boundaries. This globally-focused event presents a series of use-inspired solutions to water-energy nexus challenges that...

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Hydrogen, Water, Electrons: Providing the Means for a Sustainable World

Thursday, November 3, 2016
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Seminar/Discussion

Dr. Ivan Ermanoski

  • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Materials, Devices & Energy Technologies Department, Sandia National Laboratories

One of the main challenges of a growing human civilization on Earth lies in balancing the ever-increasing need for resources, with the physical limitations of our planet and biosphere. The most prominent of these needs is energy. Energy is currently satisfied by the mining and burning of carbon-based materials leading...

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Metal Oxide-based Thermochemical Redox Processes for Producing Solar Fuels and Storing Thermal Energy

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Lecture 12:00 - 1:30 p.m

Dr. James E. Miller

  • Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Miller's presentation will provide an understanding of the opportunities, requirements, and challenges presented by metal oxide thermochemistry and show recent progress towards developing materials, components, and systems for thermochemical energy storage and CO2/H2O splitting.

James E. Miller is a chemical engineer who has been involved in energy, materials, and chemical...

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Strategy for Energy and Environmental Affairs After the Agreement in Paris

Monday, October 17, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Professor Claudio Nicolini

  • Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

After earning his doctoral degree in Nuclear Physics in 1966 from the University of Padua, Dr. Nicolini became an Adjunct Professor at the Univerity of Bari. He worked alongside the Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), the Cambridge Group from MIT, and Brown University until 1971. The following year Dr. Nicolini began...

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Jet Fuel from H2O, CO2, and Solar Energy

Thursday, July 7, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Aldo Steinfeld

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich

The entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from sunlight, H2O, and CO2 has been experimentally demonstrated. The key component of the production process is a high-temperature solar reactor containing a reticulated porous ceramic (RPC) structure made of ceria, which enables the splitting of H2O and CO2 via a...

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Sustainability and the Navy

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey

  • Commandant, Naval District Washington

Rear Admiral Lindsey is a native of Phoenix, with 30 years of active service as a Naval Aviator. He has served in a variety of assignments, commanded both at sea and ashore, including his current post as the 89th Commandant of Naval District Washington.

In this talk, Rear Admiral Lindsey...

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Promoting a Carbon Neutral Economy

Friday, November 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hadi Dowlatabadi

  • Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics and Integrated Assessment of Global Change, Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Join us for an engaging discussion with Hadi Dowlatabadi on the rewards and lessons learned while working with companies and organizations who work toward carbon neutrality.

Dowlatabadi completed his PhD in physics at The University of Cambridge in 1984. He was awarded the Warren Weaver Fellowship in 1989 by The Rockefeller...

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Advancing Algae Fuels and Products in Japan

Monday, October 5, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Makoto M. Watanabe

  • Director, Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES), University of Tsukuba (UT)

Atsumi Kinya

  • Project Director, New Business Promotion Dept., Denso Corporation

Japan has had a long history with algae research and development and the country is continuing to prove itself as a leader in advancing the field to this day. Algae fuels and products have reached new heights with the establishment of the Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES)...

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Can Supply Chains Save the World?

Monday, September 14, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Robin Barr

  • Director, The Forest Trust Americas

International corporations' drive for production and profit are often blamed as the cause of many of the world's environmental and social problems. Could they also be the solution? Over the last 15 years, The Forest Trust (TFT) has been working with international companies on how to use their supply chains to...

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CO2 Capture and Recycle Using Microalgae

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mark Crocker

  • Associate Director, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

Given the potential of microalgae for recycling CO2 into bio-products coupled with the large number of coal-fired power plants in Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has tasked the University of Kentucky with determining the technical and economic feasibility of algae-based carbon capture and utilization in Kentucky. These efforts have led...

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