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Status and Challenges in Decarbonizing our Energy Landscape

October 10-12, 2018
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, CA

Organized by: Richard Eisenberg, Karen I. Goldberg, Harry B. GraySharon Hammes-Schiffer, Thomas Mallouk, John Turner, Yet-Ming Chiang, and George Crabtree

This scientific meeting explored the state of current renewable energy technology and near-term scientific challenges that must be met to achieve energy decarbonization successfully.

Sessions included presentations, panels and extensive discussion on subject which included the production of non-carbon-based energy via photovoltaics, solar-driven water splitting and fuel creation, and energy storage via current and projected battery, fuel cell and flow battery developments.



Wednesday, October 10

Distinctive Voices Public Lecture

Accelerating the Clean Energy Transformation, Ernie Moniz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, October 11

Session I. Status of solar energy conversion and storage
Moderator: Rich Eisenberg, University of Rochester 
(40 minutes each = 30-35 minutes + 5-10 minutes Q &A)

Arun Majumdar, Stanford University: Innovations to Accelerate the Clean Energy Transformation

Thomas Jaramillo, Stanford University: Developing New Catalysts and Sustainable Processes for the Production and Use of Fuels and Chemicals

Moderator: Tom Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University

Fikile Brushett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cost-targeted Design of Redox Flow Batteries for Grid Storage

Sossina Haile, Northwestern University: Leveraging Solid State Proton Conductors for Electrochemical Energy-Conversion Technologies


Session II. Panel on challenges in renewable energy storage
Moderator: George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory
(25 minutes each + panel discussion at the end of session)

David Ginley, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: The Terawatt Challenge in Solar Energy Conversion the Role of Storage

Michael Aziz, Harvard University: Organic-Based Aqueous Flow Batteries for Massive Electrical Energy Storage

Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo: Alternative Aqueous Batteries as Grid Scale Electrochemical Energy Storage Solutions

Yet-Ming Chiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Meeting the Growing Need for Long Duration Energy Storage

Friday, October 12

Session III:  Status of solar energy conversion and storage 
Moderator: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Yale University
(40 minutes each = 30-35 minutes + 5-10 minutes Q &A)

John Turner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Opportunities, Challenges and Missteps in Hydrogen Production

Raffi Garabedian, First Solar: Solar at Scale: A Perspective from the Trenches            

Karen Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania: The Transition Years: Developing Alternatives to Oil as the Feedstock for Our Chemicals and Liquid Fuels

Lee Lynd, Dartmouth University: Biofuels: Still Needed After All These Years

Session IV: Challenges in solar energy conversion
Moderator: Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology
(25 minutes each + 1 hour panel discussion at the end of session)

Daniel Nocera, Harvard University: Carbon Negative Solar Fertilization and Land Restoration

Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology: Pathways for Carbon Dioxide Transformations Using Sunlight

Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley: Solar Solved--Next, Carbon Negative Technology

Tom Meyer, University of North Carolina: Making Solar Fuels

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