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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

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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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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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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What Can 19th Century Literature Tell Us About Energy?

Friday, April 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Kent Linthicum

  • PhD Candidate, Literature, Department of English, Arizona State University

Energy is the foremost question of the 21st century: is there enough of it? How should we use it? These questions are not unique to us. This talk will focus on how the modern conception of energy started in the 19th century and explore how writers in industrial Britain began...

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This Fissured Democracy: Ritual and resistance over nuclear energy in India

Monday, February 23, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Monamie Bhadra

  • PhD Student, Arizona State University

Nuclear power has long been the object of wide-ranging activism and protest in Western nations. Using the history of anti-nuclear opposition in India from the 1970s to post-Fukushima to explore the role of science in democracy, Bhadra will show why democratization of nuclear power has not followed a similar trajectory...

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