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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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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-I

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 an

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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