Solar 2021

Modeling and Scaling Track: Sustainable Resource Planning & Capture

Session Moderator: Christian Roselund, RMI

The increasingly complex mix of sources, storage and use necessitate an evolving picture overtime of how to best optimize these components to lead to a truly sustainable energy system. It requires a new mindset to understand the implications of materials, resources and systems to provide truly sustainable systems. In the context of the circular economy it is important to plan many years in the future to assure sustainability.


Aug 04 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


East Ballroom


  • Emma Hubbard
    Emma Hubbard
    Electra Tech and Stuff

    Hi, my name is Emma Hubbard and my passions lie in clean energy accessibility. My goal is to bring solar energy to those who can’t afford it and help them see the value in smaller applications of solar technology. I believe that off grid solar is the future of energy generation and that electricity should be individualized to fit everyone’s personal needs (at their own expense of course). I’ve started creating solar projects at home with the increased time in quarantine and I can’t wait to optimize their designs and share them with those in need.
    Presentation Title: Clean Energy Accessibility with the Electra Bolt Box and Mini Box

    Presentation Description: If the world were to invest in the future solar energy, smaller applications would need to be considered. The average per capita salary in the world is less than $20,000 and if we don’t want to alienate the majority of people on this planet then we have to discuss clean energy accessibility. The Electra Bolt Box and Mini Box allow continuous, portable use of solar energy. With 13% of the world not having access to electricity, our goal is to donate these to refugees and homeless people so that access to electricity is no longer a barrier in economic mobility.

  • James Moran
    James Moran
    Advanced Energy Group

    Jim Moran is President of Advanced Energy Group (AEG), a MI renewable energy company since 2010, and VP of Eco-Park Partners (EPP), founded in 2004 to build biodiesel plants. Since 2012, as Energy Services Provider to Meriden Housing Authority (MHA) in CT, AEG helped build $120M of affordable housing, using Geothermal HVAC, Solar PV and Thermal, and BIPV roofs. Jim’s presentation at ASES 2018 was well received, on the use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to pay for solar with Public Housing Authorities. AEG and MHA now work with NREL and DOE’s Multifamily Affordable Housing Collaborative.
    Presentation Title: The Solar Aquaponic Greenhouse

    Presentation Description: Aquaponics is the future of sustainable food, but extreme energy and equipment costs for 24/7/365 lighting, year-round ventilation and AC, and constantly heating 100,000 gallons of water, greatly reduce profitability. But Solar Energy and energy efficiency bring business sustainability. The solar walls and roof, geothermal AC and a 100% solar thermal hot water system, reduce energy costs by 70%, provide as much energy to “sell” as it uses, and qualifies the building’s skin and all interior equipment for significant tax credits and subsidies, reducing capital costs. It makes both the production and the process, as well as the product, sustainable.

  • Joachim Seel
    Joachim Seel
    Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

    Dr. Joachim Seel is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate at the Electricity Markets and Policy Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on solar and wind market developments, the integration of high shares of intermittent and distributed renewable generation into the electricity grid, and associated effects on electricity markets.
    His past work experience includes stations at renewable energy offices in Germany, China and the U.S. He has consulted private and public clients on energy economics and policy.
    Joachim Seel holds a PhD and MS of Energy and Resources and a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.
    Presentation Title: Solar Grid Insights: Trends in System Impacts, Reliability, and Market Value in the United States

    Presentation Description: Competiveness of solar depends not just on costs, but also on its value, and on solar’s interaction with other technologies within electricity markets. As solar penetration grows, there is a mounting need to understand market value and quantify how solar changes the motivation to invest in complementary resources such as storage, demand response, and flexible thermal plants. Leveraging plant-level modeled generation of 3000+ solar projects and nodal electricity prices we highlight the impact on the wholesale market revenues of solar and emerging complementary resources. The geographically specific results help inform market design, planning and operations, technology and business strategy, and R&D targets.

  • Marc Perez
    Marc Perez
    Clean Power Research

    Dr. Perez is a Senior Research Scientist at Clean Power Research in California with 15 years of experience in the solar PV sector across multiple roles. Marc holds his PhD, M.S. and M.Phil in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Egleston Doctoral Scholar and was awarded the Star fellowship from the EPA. At Clean Power Research, he manages R&D activities in the areas of high penetration solar and solar potential assessment using remote sensing data.

    Presentation Title: 100% Renewables: How much land will be used?

    Presentation Description: This contribution is compelling because solar and wind power in concert have the potential to transform our world for the better. One of the primary conceptual roadblocks in peoples’ minds is the land-use question. This work identifies exactly how much land will be required to hit 100% renewable energy penetration—inclusive of the capacity overbuilding required to economically optimize the mix using implicit storage. We perform this analysis for every state in the continental US and put the land use in context of existing land use: like roads, buildings, farms, forests, etcetera. Furthermore, we unveil a web-tool where users can zoom to their state, and identify exactly the land use required to meet a certain percentage of load with PV.

  • Nico Bouwkamp
    Nico Bouwkamp
    Technical Program Manager at Frontier Energy

    Since 2004, Nico Bouwkamp has contributed his extensive knowledge of hydrogen and fuel cell related issues to Frontier Energy’s strategic leadership, stakeholder facilitation, and public education efforts. As a the principal investigator of the H2@Scale TX project team, he applies his experience with managing cross-functional project teams toward the success of the project for its Texas based partners and US DOE. He also serves as sponsor of SAE hydrogen technology standardization committees and program manager for the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s technical and strategic activities, and in these roles develops resources to support automotive and fueling industry client initiatives.

    Renewable Hydrogen at Scale in Texas and Beyond
    Frontier Energy’s H2@Scale project is a first for Texas, one of the country’s top producers of hydrogen. The project team intends to kick start renewable hydrogen infrastructure, storage, and fuel cell vehicles in the state, demonstrating that a resource-rich state such as Texas can benefit as much as, or possibly even more than, areas that have traditionally been more closely associated with hydrogen programs. The project is multi-faceted, including a renewable H2@Scale demonstration for vehicles and data centers, as well as development of actionable frameworks for future H2@Scale concepts leveraging the unique energy sector and hydrogen infrastructure in Texas.

  • Rebecca Powell
    Rebecca Powell
    Program Development Manager at August Mack Environmental

    Rebecca Powell serves as Program Development Manager for August Mack Environmental, Inc.’s Renewable Energy service area. She earned a bachelor’s in hydrogeology and is currently completing graduate coursework in the field of sustainable environmental planning. In her 10 years of experience, Rebecca has performed environmental due diligence on over two million acres of land situated across 40 U.S. states and the province of Quebec. Her experience includes investigations of wind and solar energy project areas, industrial and manufacturing facilities, and various other commercial businesses and residential communities. Rebecca has served the environmental due diligence and liability needs of a broad range of clients, including renewable energy corporations, law firms, lending institutions, commercial/industrial developers, and municipalities.

  • Tim Dewitt
    Tim Dewitt
    August Mack Environmental, Inc.

    Tim Dewitt serves as Senior Engineer for Technical Services for August Mack. He has more than 33 years of experience in Construction Inspection & Management, Cap Design, Remedial Investigation, Remedial System Design and Installation, Groundwater Recovery and Treatment, Subsurface Geological Remedial Investigations, Litigation support and Remedial Scoping & Estimating. Mr. DeWitt received a Bachelor of Science in engineering, a Bachelor of Science in geology and a Master of Science in geotechnical engineering from Purdue University. He is both a registered Professional Engineer and a registered Professional Geologist.

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