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Do Electric Vehicles Need Subsidies?

Monday, October 29, 2018
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Hanna Breetz

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Deborah Salon

  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are an important pathway for decarbonizing transportation and reducing petroleum dependence. Although one barrier to adoption is the higher purchase price, advocates suggest that fuel and maintenance savings can make BEVs economical over time.

In this talk, we will discuss a five-year Total Cost of Ownership for...

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A Simple and Smart Way to Fix Climate Change

Friday, November 9, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dan Miller

  • Managing Director, The Roda Group

In this talk, Dan Miller explains his journey towards paying more attention to climate change and how he believes this country can lead the world to reduce the impacts of climate change. Miller looks at why humans are less likely to believe that climate change is occurring and describes that...

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Effect of Temperature on Photovoltaic Behavior of Halide Perovskite Solar Cell

Thursday, October 18, 2018
10:45 - 11:50 a.m.

Fei Xu

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Shanghai University

In this talk, Fei Xu will show the temperature-dependent initial and steady state PV characteristics of PSC and investigate the carrier transport mechanisms by using experimental methods, such as temperature-dependent external quantum efficiency, temperature-dependent photoluminescence, temperature-dependent absorbance spectroscopy, and temperature-dependent electroabsorption. These findings may help understanding of the mechanism of...

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New Paths to a Renewable Carbon Economy

Thursday, October 4, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Gerard Ostheimer

  • Bioenergy Lead, Sustainable Energy for All
  • Senior Advisor for below50

The Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals invigorated stakeholders across the "policy-to-action" spectrum to aggressively push solutions for creating a sustainable, equitable low carbon emissions economy.

In this talk, Ostheimer will describe the evolution of the bioeconomy policy space emphasizing the role of international agencies, like the International Energy Agency, International...

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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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