Solar 2021

Poster Session

Session Moderator: Kate Collardson

Posters Featured at SOLAR 2021:

  • Residential Solar Photovoltaic in the United States: From Intentions to Adoptions
  • Alternatives to Electricity Systems for Total De-carbonization and De-GHG-emission of the Entire Human Enterprise: Hydrogen and Ammonia Pipeline Systems
  • Will Deep Hot Dry Rock Geothermal (DHDRG) Displace Solar and Wind
  • Combining Solar and EV’s
  • Every Building is a Solar Building
  • Quantifying Passive Solar Gain with PVWatts® Calculator
  • Digital Energy: the Future of Power
  • Integrated Utility Unit
  • Mitigating the Effects of Snow and Ice on Solar Array Performance
  • A review on design, operation, integration, and techno-economic modeling aspects of solar thermal system for industrial heating and cooling processes
  • Building Sustainable Futures
  • Solar Energy Education Initiatives to Support Sustainability in Bilingual Communities
  • High Wind Resistant PV Attachments Start With the Roof
  • SOLAR COOKING WITH PV POWER
  • True Sustainability with Low Embodied Energy
  • The thermodynamics and feasiblity for Solar Based, Portable EV Charging
  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Studying the Impact of a University on Economic Sustainability: Case Study of the El Paso Region
  • Evaluation of the Diffuse and Ground Reflected Irradiance to the Spectral
  • Modeling of Solar Reference Cells
  • Thermal Energy Storage for the Electric Grid
  • Catalina Island – A Holistic Approach
  • Unlocking the Intersection Between Sustainable Building Retrofit Programs and United States Governmental Programs
  • Sustainable Energy on Wheels: The Tiny Classroom Project
  • Community Energy Trading in TX: Potential Revenue Streams for Helping Make Community Solar Sustainable
  • Water heating efficiency for electrify everything
  • Credit for Reducing Sunshine
  • Scaling Mobile Hub-and-Spoke Solar for Disaster Resilience
  • Solar Decathlon Winners from CUBoulder
  • Hydrogen: A Cleaner Option for Residential & Commercial Energy Storage
  • DC Solar for All: Setting the Bar in Subscriber Services
  • Solarizing FL: The Campaign to Legalize PPAs in the Sunshine State
  • Global Research and Development in Salinity Gradient Solar Ponds
  • SOLAR COOKERS INTERNATIONAL ENHANCES THE GLOBAL SOLAR COOKING MOVEMENT THROUGH ADVOCACY, RESEARCH, AND STRENGTHENING CAPACITY

Date

Aug 04 2021

Time

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

Center Ballroom

Speakers

  • Alan Bigelow.
    Science Director at Solar Cookers International

    Alan Bigelow, Ph.D. joined Solar Cookers International (SCI) in 2016 as Science Director and Main Representative of SCI to the United Nations. He leads testing and performance evaluation programs at SCI and advocates for solar-thermal cooking at the United Nations. He has led solar cooking workshops internationally in India, Nepal, and Haiti, and has overseen fieldwork in Kenya. He participated in a solar expedition in Nepal where during nine days at high altitude all meals were prepared using portable solar cookers. Alan is a physicist and a solar cook, solar cooking at home as often as possible.

    Presentation Title:
    SOLAR COOKERS INTERNATIONAL ENHANCES THE GLOBAL SOLAR COOKING MOVEMENT THROUGH ADVOCACY, RESEARCH, AND STRENGTHENING CAPACITY

    Presentation Description:
    Solar Cookers International (SCI) has been improving human and environmental health by supporting the expansion of carbon-free solar cooking in regions of greatest need since 1987. SCI leads through advocacy, research, and strengthening the capacity of the global solar cooking movement. SCI advocates globally regarding scaling energy access, improving human health, environmental stewardship best practices, and poverty alleviation through solar cooking. SCI’s Performance Evaluation Process (PEP) research efforts to encourage the testing of solar cookers for the benefit of all – manufacturers, consumers, and decision-makers, is successfully underway. PEP measures the standardized cooking power in watts of solar cookers. SCI is strengthening the capacity of the global solar cooking movement by helping collaborators worldwide share best practices to scale up and meet the cooking-fuel demand of approximately 3 billion people who cook over open fires. SCI also builds capacity by working with local experts to support the production of solar cookers with local materials. Communities are empowered with the knowledge of how to make and maintain solar cookers. SCI supports local production because it strengthens the local economy.
    Solar cooking is a sustainable solution to many global challenges and SCI is growing this solution through advocacy, research, and capacity building.

  • Anand Raj
    Anand Raj
    University of Texas at El Paso

    Anand Raj is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. His area of research is understanding the three pillars of sustainability, primarily focusing on the contribution of institutions of higher education in advancing sustainability in their local region. Before joining the Ph.D. program he worked in corporate business development. He provides leadership in business model development that incorporates the three pillars of sustainability.
    Presentation Title: Studying the Impact of a University on Economic Sustainability: Case Study of the El Paso Region

    Presentation Description: Presence of a university in a region is vital for region’s educational growth. But the role of a university in advancing economic sustainability in the region remains a lesser known fact. University’s crucial role in economic advancement of the region will be highlighted in this presentation.

  • Brian McGowan
    Brian McGowan
    Swing Green

    I work in electronics so efficiency matters there. I have been interested in alternate/renewable energy and energy efficiency since I was a kid in the 70s.
    In the 18 years since buying my current home I have experimented with and built many things to reduce or eliminate my fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions. These include a grid tied PV roof system, battery charging PV system I run my house with when the grid quits, small wind turbine, solar air and water heaters to add heat to the house and efficient appliances and drain water heat exchanger.
    Presentation Title: Water heating efficiency for electrify everything

    Presentation Description: Recovery and reuse of energy that is currently wasted will make it easier to meet goals with less renewable energy resources or allow those resources to be repurposed to eliminating other carbon emitting sources of energy.

  • Chris Allo
    Chris Allo
    ElektrikGreen, Inc.

    Chris Allo is the founder and CEO of ElektrikGreen, a hydrogen energy storage startup located in Lyons, Colorado. He is an electrical engineer with over 25 years of experience developing and consulting on alternative energy designs and solutions having lived completely off-grid since 1994. He was an early adopter of solar and has been involved with numerous types of sun and wind energy capture technologies, as well as battery storage systems and backup power solutions. Chris holds over 20 patents and has a B.S.E.E degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Automation from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
    Presentation Title: Hydrogen: A Cleaner Option for Residential & Commercial Energy Storage

    Presentation Description: The rapid advancement of electrolysis and fuel cell technologies is making hydrogen a real contender in the solar plus storage market for residential and commercial. It has significant advantages over lithium-ion batteries such as long-duration power for days to weeks. Connected to solar, it’s a truly 100% green solution that appeals to environmentally-conscious consumers who also want the security of backup power when disasters take out the grid. And, the price is being driven down to a level that can be easily financed or absorbed into a mortgage. Come learn about hydrogen as storage option for renewables at “micro” scale.

  • Debbie Coleman
    Debbie Coleman
    Sun Plans Inc.

    As a licensed architect for over 30 years, I have designed hundreds of passive solar homes across the United States and Canada in many climate zones. The designs can be found at www.sunplans.com In 2005, I wrote and published a book on passive solar design – The Sun-Inspired House: home designs warmed and brightened by the sun. It incorporates Passive Solar Design Strategies; Guidelines for Home Building developed by NREL. My work has been published in Fine Homebuilding, Home Energy, Mother Earth News and Home Power. I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the ASES Solar Buildings Technical Division.
    Presentation Title: Every Building is a Solar Building

    Presentation Description: Every building is a solar building. Sun rays strike all land and buildings. The sun dependably rises providing daylight and warmth. We know it can sunburn our skin, overheat our cars, and provide enjoyment while hiking, walking, boating and playing sports. It can make attics hot and rooms overheat with unshaded west-facing glass. Air conditioners run more than they should in summer, and heaters run more than they should in winter in poorly designed and oriented buildings. Early American Indians knew that cave dwellings on the south side of cliffs were warm in winter. Learn more about solar back to basics.

  • Debbie Coleman_
    Debbie Coleman_
    Sun Plans Inc.

    As a licensed architect for over 30 years, I have designed hundreds of passive solar homes across the United States and Canada in many climate zones. The designs can be found at www.sunplans.com In 2005, I wrote and published a book on passive solar design – The Sun-Inspired House: home designs warmed and brightened by the sun. It incorporates Passive Solar Design Strategies; Guidelines for Home Building developed by NREL. My work has been published in Fine Homebuilding, Home Energy, Mother Earth News and Home Power. I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the ASES Solar Buildings Technical Division.
    Presentation Title: Quantifying Passive Solar Gain with PVWatts® Calculator

    Presentation Description: Incorporating passive solar energy can offset heating energy (electricity, gas, wood) used in buildings without causing cooling penalties. Smaller PV systems can be installed. The widely used free and simple NREL’s PVWatts® Calculator can also be used to quantify passive solar energy through south-facing glass. The sun can provide up to 90% of a building’s heating energy in a well-designed and insulated building. Making people aware of what the sun can do for their pocketbook, environment and comfort can be a win-win in building design.

  • Donald Clark
    Donald Clark
    Crowder College

    Presentation Title: Sustainable Marketing

    Donald “Donney” Clark received a degree in Drafting & Design from Missouri Southern State University in 2011 and a certificate in Biodiesel Production from Crowder College in 2013. After a tornado struck Joplin, MO, he attended meetings hosted by GreenTown Joplin. During the recovery process, some new construction was built sustainably, but sustainability was not embraced by the community as a whole. He noticed that very few people had any interest in sustainability, especially after a few years of designing homes. For about two years now, he has been studying special projects classes as a Lifetime Learner at the MARET (Missouri Alternative & Renewable Energy Technology) Center in Neosho, MO. In the Fall of 2020, he decided to do his semester project about sustainable marketing in order to investigate barriers to sustainability in the Midwest.

    Presentation Description: Sustainable Marketing, also known as Green Marketing, has the potential to be useful for marketing renewable energy and sustainability. By understanding the current use of psychology in marketing, we can incorporate positive psychology and the psychology of sustainability in order to improve marketing strategies. Furthermore, it may be beneficial to focus on the economic advantages of sustainability in certain parts of the United States. Also, it would be valuable to analyze the marketing strategy of Tesla and marketing strategies within the solar industry. At least one research proposal is being planned. Preliminary research has been conducted.

  • Eric Peterman
    Eric Peterman
    GRNE Solar

    Eric Peterman holds degrees of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University. Eric co-founded GRNE Solar in 2012. As the CEO he utilizes his diverse background in business development. Prior to GRNE Solar, he has held positions as a Management Consultant, Director of Business Operations, and Executive Director. To this day, Eric still finds himself pulling from his education and experiences. In a past life Eric was a member of the Chicago Bears football team and continues to stay active physically by participating in triathlons. Eric’s background in strategic planning and process improvement lead the GRNE Solar team to new successes every day.
    Presentation Title: Combining Solar and EV’s

    Presentation Description: Between policy efforts and manufacturer objectives, the EV market will continue to grow at a rapid pace. It is projected that EV sales will reach over 8.5 million in 2025. What does that mean for the grid as another method of consumption is added to it’s already busy workload? When you add solar energy to the mix, EV owners and utility companies alike will find a cohesion that saves money and assists in the work load.

  • Heaven Campbell
    Heaven Campbell
    Solar United Neighbors

    Heaven works to expand solar policy, education and adoption throughout Florida. Through rural outreach, strategic partnerships and grassroots mobilization we have expanded solar in the Sunshine State year over year all while protecting access against backward movement. Heaven holds a MS from the University of Florida and loves program design, evaluation and believe solar energy is for everyone.
    Presentation Title: Solarizing FL: The Campaign to Legalize PPAs in the Sunshine State

    Presentation Description: Solar United Neighbors is leading a campaign to help Florida schools, government buildings, churches, and other non-profit organizations go solar. The campaign will educate Floridians and decision makers about Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). PPAs allow customers to benefit from solar with low to no upfront costs. PPAs allow customers to lower their electric bills from day one. Florida’s law does not allow organizations to enter into PPAs. We’re going to change that!

  • James Orenstein
    James Orenstein
    Managing member & Design Engineer, Trinity River Community Solar Systems Inc (TRCSS)

    BSEE Stanford, with course Renewable & Efficient Electric Power Systems which piqued interest in solar energy. Six Sigma Green Belt from Honeywell. NABCEP PV Associate. Continuing education required for renewing NABCEP certification. (Professional) Engineer in Training (EIT). SEI Certifications: “Residential and Commercial PV Systems” & “Solar Business and Technical Sales”. Heatspring course completions including “Commercial Solar PPAs 101”. IEEE memberships including “Power & Energy”, “Power Electronics”, & “Communications & Vehicular Technology” societies. Designed & installed rooftop solar PV system as family project. Volunteer w/NTREG & NCTCOG. Collaborating through NCSP, SEAC, IEEE Blockchain in Energy & more.
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-orenstein-92ba137a/
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/James_Orenstein.

  • Jennifer Scheib
    Jennifer Scheib
    Architectural Engineering Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder

    Solar Decathlon
    By competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® 2020 Build Challenge, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) team aimed to confront the housing attainability crisis and construction challenges facing mountain towns across the nation. The team created the zero-energy SPARC House to serve as a replicable example of a high-performance building and an achievable mountain town housing solution. The SPARC House is built on five pillars: Sustainability, Performance, Attainability, Resilience, and Community. This poster session will describe the team’s journey through the Solar Decathlon competition, the details of the social and technical solution, and the current performance of the house.

    Jennifer Scheib is an instructor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder where she teaches courses with an emphasis on illuminating engineering fundamentals. Jennifer was faculty advisor to the CU Boulder Solar Decathlon 2020 Build Challenge team. She received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her previous professional experience includes working with the Daylighting Analysis Group at Architectural Energy Corporation and supporting the Buildings Research Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

  • John Martin
    John Martin
    Himcen Battery

    “Jack” is an active researcher and lecturer on a broad range of environmentally
    sustainable systems. He is a certified DOE/Solar Instructor on the design, installation,
    commissioning, and performance testing of renewable energy systems.
    Jack is a keen supporter and advocate of solar energy and transportation. Jack enjoys assisting businesses develop in the area of sustainable technology. Areas of service include: mentoring, kickstarting small businesses, judging student competitions and designing new ideas. He is the Founder and President of the Triad Electric Vehicle Association. Organic Transit, Green Cycle Design, Light Electric
    Vehicle Association Tech Training and OutriderUSA are just a few of successful
    collaborations worked upon.
    Presentation Title: Structural Batteries for Light Electric vehicles and the Internet of things

    Presentation Description: During Tesla Battery day in September of 2020 a new battery size (4680) and concept of the battery pack being a structural part of the vehicle was introduced. Structural batteries have been around for sometime, but the new lithium battery size offers some great innovation possibilities. The Synergy of structure and power is an exciting concept covered in this switch presentation.

  • John Martin_
    John Martin_

    “Jack” is an active researcher and lecturer on a broad range of environmentally
    sustainable systems. He is a certified DOE/Solar Instructor on the design, installation,
    commissioning, and performance testing of renewable energy systems. He has worked
    with companies and taught classes at the North Carolina Clean Energy Center.
    He has consulted around the world.
    Jack has worked with the Red Cross Disaster Programs, the Natural Hazard Workshop and Building Resilience workshop.
    Jack enjoys assisting businesses develop in the area of sustainable technology. Areas of service include: mentoring, kickstarting small businesses, judging student
    competitions and designing new ideas.
    Presentation Title: Integrated Utility Unit

    Presentation Description:
    When I say utility- most will think of bills
    Communication, Light/Electrical, Gas, Water, wastewater and garbage
    These are the umbilicals that connect us to sources.
    Sources provided by others
    Rarely do we think of the impact on the design of a structure and attendant cost (add %) for plumbing, wiring, cables, boxes, outlets, switches, thermostats, ductwork etc.
    Provided by others
    And even less for the required appliances- phones, TV, computers, light fixtures, lamps, HIVAC, vacuum cleaners, water heaters, clothes washers and dryers, dish washers, showers/tubs, sinks, toilets etc.
    Which we purchase and must maintain.

    And with an electrical outage- (a more common occurrence) most of this becomes perfectly useless.

  • Jonathan Clemens
    Jonathan Clemens
    Olympic Energy Systems, Inc.

    Electrical engineer founder of Olympic Energy Systems, Inc., a renewable energy systems development and consulting firm, with ongoing research and development in the science of tensioned cables for low impact mounting of solar photovoltaic panels. Past participation in Solar Conferences, including publishing a paper on renewable energy cost modeling in the Proceedings of the ISES 2005 conference, focusing on the economics of solar electric systems and providing a tool for understanding trends in and impacts of economic factors and sensitivities to cost variables. Fundamental goal is to achieve true sustainability through low embodied energy and low impact energy systems and solutions.
    Presentation Title: True Sustainability with Low Embodied Energy

    Presentation Description: It is not enough to merely substitute our energy choices as consumers – to buy green power, adopt solar, drive electric vehicles, or use energy efficient devices – as the production of all that has embodied energy that is recurring upon product and infrastructure service lifetimes. True sustainability is about maintaining the conditions to sustain us.

    Scaling up our renewable energy infrastructure, and minding our individual and collective Carbon Footprints, will have to come to terms with the underlying dependence on fossil fuels.

    Embodied energy reductions are achievable through intelligent design science, natural materials, appropriate policies, education, and out-of-the-box R&D.

  • Joshua Peterson
    Joshua Peterson
    University of Oregon

    Joshua Peterson is a renewable energy advocate and very active in the community having served on environmental and education boards such as, The Colorado Sierra Club, The Cottonwood Institute and mPowered. He also volunteered with community solar organization Grid Alternatives, installing solar power installations in Western Colorado. His interests include solar policy and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to aid in solving climate related issues and the optimization of solar power operations. He is also a thought leader in climate change related issues, artificial intelligence and machine learning policy and operational optimization. He is committed to the clean energy transition and working with individuals and companies to develop adaptation strategies. Joshua currently works for Kaiser Permanente managing a team of data scientists and data engineers. He holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Chancellor University, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and an MA from American Military University in International Relations and Conflict Management. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Management from Case Western University. Joshua also served in the United States Army, deploying to several locations in the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Juliette Nanos
    Juliette Nanos
    CU Boulder Undergraduate

    I am a junior at CU and I am pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Business and Geography. I recently began an Honors Thesis involving sustainable building retrofit programs and I’m really enjoying the research so far! I apply the skills obtained from CU to practically everything I do and I love talking to others about their studies and passions.
    Presentation Title: Unlocking the Intersection Between Sustainable Building Retrofit Programs and United States Governmental Programs

    Presentation Description: Wealthy nations like the United States have a duty to pursue the adoption of energy efficient practices into the daily life of citizens. It is important to transform the science about possible retrofit programs and incentives into usable information for the regular American so climate change impacts can be significantly reduced.

  • Kristal Virgil
    Kristal Virgil
    Groundswell

    Kristal Virgil’s background in communication and her passion for advocacy and equality brought her to Groundswell in 2015. A SHRM-certified professional who designs thoughtful and trust-based customer experiences, Kristal leads Groundswell’s call center, setting the bar nationwide in the delivery of respectful service to over 3,500 clean energy customers in the District of Columbia alone. She also spearheads organizational development efforts that have produced a statement of organizational values, annual inclusion training, and a focus on continuous improvement. Before coming to Groundswell, Kristal directed a childcare center providing care to children from low income families.
    Presentation Title: DC Solar for All: Setting the Bar in Subscriber Services

    Presentation Description: Delivering clean energy to low- and moderate-income communities requires trust, respect, and partnership. If you build it, there’s no guarantee they will come! Really hearing the needs and vision of your low- and moderate-income community solar customers can deliver long-term benefit to both the community and the solar program administrator. Active listening and survey feedback loop skills can be learned. This presentation will highlight customer engagement techniques that may radically improve your understanding and relationship with community solar subscribers — reducing acquisition barriers, increasing retention and satisfaction, and resulting in equitable, broad, and sustained community benefits.

  • Liz Veazey
    Liz Veazey
    Solar Advocacy Campaigner at Solar United Neighbors
  • Mahelet Fikru
    Mahelet Fikru
    Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Mahelet G. Fikru is an Associate Professor of Economics at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, International Solar Energy Society, and The US Association for Energy Economics. Her research interests are in environmental and energy economics.

    Jordan Atkinson graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
    Presentation Title: Residential Solar Photovoltaic in the United States: From Intentions to Adoptions

    Presentation Description: Despite the rising interest in residential solar photovoltaic, the percent of homeowners that install them is relatively low in the United States. While most studies have focused on explaining the intention to adopt solar, this study seeks to understand the gap between intentions and actions and examine systematic differences between solar considerers and solar adopters.

  • Michael Sell
    Michael Sell
    Saint Francis University Institute for Energy

    Michael Sell has served as Project Coordinator at the SFU Institute for Energy since 2012, where he works to create a more energy literate society through outreach activities and research projects. In his current role, Michael educates farmers, small businesses, homeowners and others about renewable energy to help them determine the feasibility of installing a system and visits schools and community events to provide engaging hands-on learning activities for the public. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration, both from Saint Francis University.
    Presentation Title: Sustainable Energy on Wheels: The Tiny Classroom Project

    Presentation Description: Solar is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity, yet makes up only a small portion of Pennsylvania’s electricity mix. Through the Institute’s tiny classroom on wheels, we are able to bring sustainable energy to regions of the state where solar is not commonly used. Research has shown that when people see that their neighbors have installed solar arrays, they are more likely to consider the technology for themselves.

  • Narayanan Komerath
    Narayanan Komerath
    Taksha Institute

    over 450 publications. Won AIAA-ASEE John Leland Atwood award for excellence in aerospace education, and served as Boeing Welliver Fellow, Sam Nunn Senior Security Fellow and Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts. Taught under the Global Initiative for Academic Networks and published a book on Micro Renewable Energy Systems. Co-chaired the 1st Abdul Kalam Conference on Sustainable Growth at Sustainable cost, IITM, 2019. Dr. Adarsh Deepak is President and Founder of Taksha Institute, Hampton, VA, USA since 1976.
    Presentation Title: Credit for Reducing Sunshine

    Presentation Description: The Glitter Belt does its job every day, its presence only felt in its measured effects. It buys us precious time to stop and reverse Climate Change, in a controlled, self-sustaining and non-intrusive manner. Development, manufacture, deployment and control are distributed for global participation and credits, from micro to macro levels. Our policy proposal is tuned to the interests of all parties in the Climate debate, and opens the way to implement the UN’s SDG in a collaborative manner. As reforestation and GHF cleanup proceed, the Glitter Belt can come down, ready to deploy where needed again.

  • Nora Cuvelier
    Nora Cuvelier
    University of Texas at El Paso

    Nora Cuvelier is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering program at the University of Texas at El Paso. She holds a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. In Texas, she has an Educator License to teach Math and Physics. Her research is in Teaching Sustainability with a focus on advancing solar energy in the area of Southwest Texas.
    Presentation Title: Solar Energy Education Initiatives to Support Sustainability in Bilingual Communities

    Presentation Description: The need to design education systems that deliver the scientific knowledge in a meaningful and inspiring way to the next generation is urgent in this revolutionary times of virtual engagement. And, although the virtual setting is the medium by which the inspiration and the knowledge needs to be enticed, the real setting of water scarcity and solar energy resources in the Southwest Texas region need to be improved.

  • Patrick Gonzales
    Patrick Gonzales
    The 727 Restaurant & Garden

    Berkley born Chef displaced in the Midwest. Trying to conquer food deserts and hunger.
    Presentation Title: Building Sustainable Futures

    Presentation Description: Addresses multiple community concerns in disenfranchised neighborhoods. Pandemic Strong House for Food

  • Patrick Thompson_
    Patrick Thompson_
    CloudBank

    A clean energy entrepreneur with a career including roles with high-tech companies and has moved from democratizing data to democratizing energy. Founder of Radiance Solar in GA. Earned undergraduate degrees from Mary Washington; a Computer Science degree, and an MBA in Sustainability from Green Mountain. Trained in NABCEP Solar PV and Solar Thermal. Certified in Government Contracting, LEED AP, Energy Management, and is a Lighting Efficiency Professional. Consults with global organizations on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and EV infrastructure. Also serves as Executive Director of a non-profit, providing advisory services aimed at increasing inclusive investments towards a clean energy economy.
    Presentation Title: Mitigating the Effects of Snow and Ice on Solar Array Performance

    Presentation Description: Our industry is often denigrated for unreliability and intermittent performance. The effects of snow and ice on solar were never considered as the industry grew but can seriously degrade energy production expectations and even prevent projects from being explored. This is a great time to innovate towards economic solutions that maintain performance under these conditions but still deliver on the promise of renewable energy.

  • Peter Golding
    Peter Golding
    University of Texas at El Paso

    Director of the Center for Research in Engineering & Technology Education and El Paso Solar Energy Research & Technologies Development.
    Presentation Title: Global Research and Development in Salinity Gradient Solar Ponds

    Presentation Description: Adapting naturally occurring solar systems, as are halocline solar ponds, to useful purposes offers sustainable technology systems for specific sites and applications. The past, present and future of research and development in this field is shared, with a view to advancing current application and future innovations.

  • Roger Davenport
    Roger Davenport
    Butler Sun Solutions

    Dr. Butler started his solar career at Sandia Labs in 1972, then moved to SERI/NREL in 1979 where he was joined by Mr. Davenport (MSME). They worked together on many projects, including the Low-Cost System/Collector task. In 1984 they joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to develop Dish/Stirling and other solar thermal products. SAIC supported the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) lobbying efforts and Dr. Butler was Concentrating Solar Power Division Chair from 1984-2001. Later, Butler Sun Solutions Inc. was formed to sell the Solar Wand™ heat exchanger patented by Dr. Butler that converts existing water heaters to solar.
    Presentation Title: SOLAR COOKING WITH PV POWER

    Presentation Description: Over 1.2 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and the majority of them use firewood and other biomass for cooking – dung, coal, and occasionally biogas. Cooking often requires spending hours obtaining fuel (more and more scarce), and having open fires and smoke indoors from dirty cookstoves.

    The solution: Clean cooking, with no fire, no fuel, and no smoke is possible using photovoltaics. Systems can be deployed in urban apartment homes and in rural non-electrified areas of the world, as the primary cooking method or as a complement to traditional cooking heat sources.

  • Talal Balaa
    Talal Balaa
    GeoAIM

    Talal Balaa, is a licensed engineer, and founder of GeoAIM Green Energy. Developing portable solar based devices to charge electric cars. Prior to GeoAIM he served as Deputy Director for AE Services, Energy, and Sustainability at a large government agency.
    Presentation Title: The thermodynamics and feasiblity for Solar Based, Portable EV Charging

    Presentation Description: High Cost of Electrification, both on station by station investment size, or more importantly when aggregated on the corridor level, make the adoption of EV harder. A low cost solution that is grid independent can help over come this challenge. This offers multiple other advantages such as taking your EV to a campground, having the use of your EV after a fire, earthquake or brown out.

  • Walter Gerstle
    Walter Gerstle
    University of New Mexico

    Walter Gerstle is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he has been since 1986. His specialty is structural engineering. Gerstle’s research interests are in computational structural engineering and in computational mechanics. Recently, he has become CTO of an Energy Storage company called CSolPower LLC. He is now working on utility-scale thermal energy storage for the electric grid.
    Presentation Title: Thermal Energy Storage for the Electric Grid

    Presentation Description: We need Gigawatt-hour thermal energy storage (GTES) for the renewable revolution. Large-scale high-temperature thermal energy storage is apparently the least expensive solution that can be commoditized. GTES utilizes legacy fossil-fuel powered plants and provides a low-cost off-ramp to zero carbon with existing off-the shelf commercial technology.

  • Will Heegaard
    Will Heegaard
    Footprint Project

    Will Heegaard sees every disaster as an opportunity to build back greener. A registered paramedic, Will previously worked with International Medical Corps to deploy solar refrigeration in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak, then deployed with Team Rubicon after disasters in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. Will currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (MNVOAD). He received his B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California, Berkeley.
    Presentation Title: Scaling Mobile Hub-and-Spoke Solar for Disaster Resilience

    Presentation Description: Climate disasters are rapidly growing as a threat to traditional grid infrastructure. Mobile solar battery systems can solve many resilience challenges by breaking the negative feedback loop of fossil-fuel based response.

  • William Leighty
    William Leighty
    The Leighty Foundation

    BS Electrical Engineering, MBA, Stanford. Director, The Leighty Foundation. Principal, Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. Co-author of over 20 papers and 40 conference posters and panel presentations, on alternatives to electricity for gathering, transmission, annual-scale firming storage and end-use of diverse, CO2-emission-free energy sources: hydrogen and anhydrous ammonia energy carriers, storage media, and fuels.
    Presentation Title: Alternatives to Electricity Systems for Total De-carbonization and De-GHG-emission of the Entire Human Enterprise: Hydrogen and Ammonia Pipeline Systems

    Presentation Description: Humanity’s urgent task is total de-carbonization and de-GHG-emission for the entire human enterprise, as quickly as we prudently and profitably can. If we wish to do so with Variable Energy Resources (VER) like solar and wind, total energy systems based on hydrogen and ammonia C-free fuels will (1) be technically and economically superior to the electricity Grid; (2) faster to deploy since they are based on underground pipelines; (3) provide very-low-cost, annual-scale, firming storage.

  • William Leighty_
    William Leighty_
    The Leighty Foundation

    BS Electrical Engineering, MBA, Stanford. Director, The Leighty Foundation. Principal, Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. Co-author of over 20 papers and 40 conference posters and panel presentations, on alternatives to electricity for gathering, transmission, annual-scale firming storage and end-use of diverse, CO2-emission-free energy sources: hydrogen and anhydrous ammonia energy carriers, storage media, and fuels.
    Presentation Title: Will Deep Hot Dry Rock Geothermal (DHDRG) Displace Solar and Wind ?

    Presentation Description: BHumanity’s urgent task is total de-carbonization and de-GHG-emission for the entire human enterprise, as quickly as we prudently and profitably can. If we wish to do so with Variable Energy Resources (VER) like solar and wind, total energy systems, large investments in gathering, transmission, and storage will be required.
    We need to accelerate our transition of the world’s largest industry, from fossil to CO2-emission-free energy sources, as quickly as we prudently and profitably can. DHDRG may enable that, at significant degradation of the fossil energy sectors. The solar indystry shoud prepare for that, now.

  • Yacob Hiben_
    Yacob Hiben_
    Mekelle University

    For over 10 years, Yacob has been working as an academic staff at public universities in Ethiopia. He hold a master’s degree in energy innovation, engineering, and management from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Portugal joint program and currently he is working on his Ph.D. study in solar technologies and applications for industrial processes.
    Presentation Title: A review on design, operation, integration, and techno-economic modeling aspects of solar thermal system for industrial heating and cooling processes

    Presentation Description: The choice of solar heat industrial process configuration or design is typically based on the specific requirement of process heating. Another important consideration is that of economic viability of the solar systems. Analytical formulae to estimate the annual useful energy delivered by these configurations have been developed to internalize and model the effect of system variables such as solar collector area, characteristics of solar collector, load, heat exchanger (if applicable), piping, flow rates, and collector coolant properties. These results are expected to be useful in performing sensitivity and optimization studies involving new design and integration concepts.

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