Call for Participation – CLOSED

ASES SOLAR 2021: Empowering a Sustainable Future


The 50th Annual National Solar Conference will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, CO from August 3-6, 2021.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation at ASES’s 50th national annual conference “SOLAR 2021: Empowering a Sustainable Future,” taking place August 3-6, 2021 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

To submit, we’ll need to learn a little more about your background, as well as about your proposed presentation. You can choose to submit a proposal to present a 10 minute oral presentation, a 5 minute ~switch presentation, or a poster. You can choose one or two of the six conference tracks. The submission requires a 100 word max bio, as well as 100-200 word abstract, and brief pitch. We are interested in research and development, but not sales.

If you have a product or service that you are selling, we invite you to sponsor the conference to present at the Industry Round Table. The submission deadline is now February 15, 2021.

Thanks for your interest, we look forward to reading your proposal.

Opportunities to support and join the dialogue:
Opening Reception • Chapter and Division Caucuses • Annual Membership Meeting • Annual Awards Banquet • Women in Solar Energy (WISE) Luncheon • Solar Workshops • Electric Vehicle & Solar Cooking Demos • International Solar Applications • Emerging Professionals Luncheon • Spirit and Sustainability Forum • Town Hall Forum • Oral and Poster Presentations • Student Engagement • Keynote Sessions

Call for Participation Information

Share your research, programs, operations, personal actions, and/or visions.
Submit presentation abstracts in these tracks:

MODELING AND SCALING – With the increasing integration of energy systems including generation, storage, transmission and use there is an increasing need for models for optimizing the effective penetration and minimizing the cost of renewables. This section will look at the emerging modeling frameworks for assessing renewables from nanogrids to global integration. It will include the technical challenges of complex integration as well as the increasingly complex economics of energy. Topics include:

  1. Renewables at Scale
  2. Grid Integration
  3. Permitting/Interconnection Issues/Advancements
  4. Watts to Gigawatts – Storage Integration
  5. Sustainable Growth and Deployment
  6. Clean Energy Economics

SOLAR ADVANCES Solar energy conversion has begun to achieve cost parity in some areas. There are opportunities for significant improvements including improving lifetimes, efficiency and balance of systems costs. This section will look at new improvements in technologies from bifacial and tandem solar cells to high temperature thermal systems including:   

  1. Solar Cell Lifetime/Lifecycle
  2. Bifacial Solar Cells
  3. Hybrid-Perovskites and Tandems
  4. Organic Photovoltaics
  5. Low Cost Manufacturing
  6. Solar Thermal – GW to Solar Cookers

SUSTAINABILITY – Increasingly, society is considering how to balance the use of resources so as to sustain and improve the quality of life worldwide. This includes understanding the coupling of the nexus of food, energy, and water systems as well as understanding and designing for the life cycles of everything from computers to buildings. The role of renewable electrons are important in making this vision come true. Topics include:

  1. Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems
  2. Sustainability Opportunities at the Household Level
  3. Life Cycles of all Things from Solar Cells to Ketchup – Designing to an Anticipated Product Life and Recycle
  4. Transportation
  5. Building-Integrated Solar Technologies
  6. Passive Solar
  7. Electrify Everything – Using Renewable Electrons for Energy and Materials Transformation

POLICY, EDUCATION AND FINANCE – A key element to realizing sustainability is the need for improved education across the broad energy and sustainability space; the development of forward thinking policies ensuring quality of life for generations to come; and the facilitation of a world community for sustainability. This section will focus on:

  1. Clean Energy Financing
  2. Activities and Lessons for K-12 (STEM)
  3. Policy for Technology Adoption
  4. Teaching Sustainability
  5. Impact Beyond the US
  6. Forum on Changing to a Sustainable Culture
  7. University Programs and Solar Decathlon

OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY – The big picture is currently increasingly impacted through the realization that renewable energy sources are becoming more diverse, and as unit costs drop this will accelerate. In addition, geothermal and wave power have the potential to impact baseload power, reducing the need for storage. Understanding the coupling and deployment of these sources is an increasing challenge and the topic for this section.

  1. Wave/Current energy
  2. Geothermal
  3. Wind
  4. New Energy Cycles

SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY – The president of the World Bank has said  “When people don’t have access to electricity, their world of possibilities narrows.”  Access to energy is a great equalizer and making resources available globally is an increasing challenge for all of us. This section will look at both national and international issues.

  1. Relationships between Energy Access and Social Justice
  2. Minority Owned Businesses Impact on the Movement
  3. Powering Developing World Countries
  4. Solar on Native Lands
  5. Teaching Environmental Justice
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