Sunday, April 15, 2012

WREF 2012: A Delicious Potpourri of Renewable Energy

Photo Credit: Ryan Somma,
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I must admit, I have butterflies in my stomach. I've been invited to blog and tweet during the World Renewable Energy Forum 2012 in Denver, Colorado, May 13-17. There really aren't enough positive adjectives to describe how remarkable this event is going to be. There are 900 presentations on renewable energy and sustainability topics being presented by speakers from all over planet Earth. I was hoping that I could clone myself so that I could attend every single presentation. Here's a link to the full list of presentation titles and below is just a tiny sampling of the diverse topics at this years WREF:
  • Quantum Dots, Nanoscience and the Future of Photovoltaics 
  • The Mexican Earthen Roof, An Ancient Antecedent to The European Green Roof 
  • Approaches for Planning and Implementing Sustainable Energy Growth in a Complex World 
  • Hispanics and their Solar Energy Adoption Patterns 
  • Rural Solar Electrification in Nigeria: Renewable Energy Potentials and Distribution for Rural Development 
Some of the sessions will use the "Ignite" presentation method. Speakers using the Ignite method use just 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total presentation time of just five minutes. The Ignite method really forces a speaker to get to the crux of the topic being presented. These Ignite sessions will definitely be fun and engaging.

I'm honored and jazzed to spend the week with hundreds of passionate people that are working towards a more renewable, efficient, and sustainable world. Won't you join us?

Cross-posted at the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum blog.


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Wishful Thinking

*Before adding PV, wind, or solar thermal to your residential or commercial structure, the first step is to analyze this structure's energy consumption through a professional energy audit. I'd like to see some public education on the importance of an energy audit for any structure. Remember Smokey the Bear's forest fire shtick drilled into our heads over the last few decades? How about something like, "Henry the House" desperately wanting to know how much energy he consumes and wastes throughout the day?

*With over 300 sunny days a year on the Front Range is it too much to ask for solar PV and thermal modules on every residential and commercial unit (after an energy audit of course)?

*How about affordable plug-in electric cars that go more than 100 miles on a charge with PV and wind powered recharging stations?

*Dreaming of companies large and small adopting business sustainability practices to maximize profits, reduce their carbon footprint, and enhance the lives of their employees and the communities that surround them.


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