CEEC is proud to launch the first in an ongoing crash course series Energy 101 - Renewables. With all this talk about renewables and their bright future, do you actually understand the technology, or have you pieced together a fuzzy image of how it works. Please join us for an enlightening talk by Dr. Joe Woo, who will introduce you to the actual physics and inner workings of this new wave of power. No more will you have to dance around topics like solar variability, or scratch your head at the latest news article. With Joe's help you can feel confident you stand on solid footing and are ready to engage in the active debate happening in energy.
Last week at CEEC
Thursday, 26th of March: Dean Frankel | Lux Research
Last week saw Mr. Dean Frankel, Research Associate at Lux Research deliver a talk on "Emerging Technologies and their Commercialization/Storage". The talk covered a wide range of topics varying from how the Electric Vehicle sector is poised to push up the Battery demand in the near future to materials used in Battery as electrolytes. Dean also argued that ubiquity of charging stations, like the Tesla supercharger network, as opposed to just being able to charge at home and office were necessary but not sufficient condition for the market to accept battery-powered vehicles as mainstream. The necessity of effective incentives to be in place to achieve this were described via start-ups operating charging stations in NYC. Stagnant battery demand for electronic equipments, the rejuvenation of the industry almost single-handedly by EV, the Why and How of the falling battery costs and how it's projected to be in the future, all were clearly explained in conversational fashion by Dean. All-in-all, it was an enriching experience for any energy enthusiast.
We at the CEEC look forward to hosting him again.
Check out the photos of the event here!
CEEC Events Calendar More information on these events will be posted on upcoming newsletters and our Facebook page. Keep posted!
Thursday, 9th of April - Panel Event: Powering the Future, A Portfolio of Modern Technologies | 4:30 pm | Davis Auditorium - CEEC's Spring Signature Event: This panel event will cover the different emerging energy technologies that are to play an important role in the future.
Thursday, 16th of April - David Biello, Associate Editor for Environment & Energy at Scientific American Magazine: Battle Over Solar Power, Prospects of Low Carbon Energy and Anthropocene | 6:00 pm | TBD
Top U.S. Court Questions EPA Emissions Rule for Power Plants Gas Emissions
U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled they are divided over Obama administration rules that would cut emissions from 460 coal-fired power plants in an effort to curb birth defects, heart disease and premature deaths.
During arguments Wednesday, justices questioned Environmental Protection Agency controls on mercury and acid gases from the plants owned by Southern Co., American Electric Power Co. and other utilities. Lawyers for power companies and some states said the agency didn’t adequately consider costs before imposing rules estimated to cost $9.6 billion a year. Read more: Bloomberg
Iran's Nuclear deal and how it could affect Oil Oil
As a crucial deadline in talks between the West and Iran about its nuclear program looms, analysts warned that a successful deal could further compound the glut in global oil markets.
Representatives from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China met once again Monday with Iranian officials at the luxury Beau-Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. Just the hint of a possible deal weighed on oil markets, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures falling 1.6 percent to 48.08 a barrel by 9:00 a.m. London time, and Brent crude futures falling to $55.93 a barrel. Read more: CNBC
California is ranked 49th among the US states in term of Energy Consumption per Capita Alternative Technologies
With the largest economy in the nation, California runs on energy. It is the most populous state and its total energy demand is second only to Texas. California state policy promotes energy efficiency. The state's extensive efforts to increase energy efficiency and the implementation of alternative technologies have restrained energy demand growth. Although it is a leader in the energy-intensive petroleum, chemical, forest product, and food product industries, California has one of the lowest per capita total energy consumption levels in the country. Read more: Eia
Solar Energy Pilot Program to Be Tested in Brazil Solar
Hydroelectric plants make up more than seventy percent of Brazil’s energy matrix, followed by natural gas and biomass. To relieve the pressure on hydroelectric plants, which today supply more than seventy percent of Brazil’s electricity, the country’s government is testing a pilot project where solar energy will be used in hydroelectric reservoirs. The pilot project is expected to start within the next 120 days, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.