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April 18, 2009

Mtg: Evaluating Alternative Energy Solutions and Their Impact on the Environment

by @ 9:45 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY April 23, 2009
SCV Power Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Time: Networking & Pizza 6:00 PM, Presentation 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
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The discussion addresses a variety of alternative energy technologies and their impact on global warming, air pollution and energy security. It will examine some of the multidisciplinary issues engineers in the energy field must consider to satisfy new technical, environmental and political constraints. This? presentation reviews and ranks major proposed energy-related solutions to global warming, air pollution mortality, and energy security while considering other impacts of the proposed solutions, such as the water supply, land use, wildlife, resource availability, thermal pollution,? chemical pollution, nuclear proliferation, and economics.
The list of topics to be addressed includes:
â?¢? Causes of Global Warming
â?¢? The Comparative Impacts of Solar, Wind, Nuclear, Bio, Hydro, Tidal and Fossil Energy Sources
â?¢? A Comparison of? Energy Solutions to Global Warming
â?¢? Energy Resource Abundance and Effects Associated with Their Use
â?¢? Lifecycle CO2 and U.S. Electricity Sources
â?¢? Energy Independence and Security Concerns
â?¢? Landuse Footprint and the Economic aspects of different energy options
â?¢? An Overall Ranking of Different Energy Technology Combinations
In his talk Dr. Jacobson will describe how nine electric power sources and two liquid fuel options were evaluated in his engineering trade-studies. The electricity sources include solar-photovoltaics (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave, tidal, nuclear, and coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The liquid fuel options include corn-ethanol (E85) and cellulosic-E85. To place the electric and liquid fuel sources on an equal footing, he examines their comparative abilities to address the problems mentioned by powering new-technology vehicles, including battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs), and flex-fuel vehicles run on E85.

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