Santa Clara University


Sustainable Energy Events

  •  WPA Webinar: Careers in Wind Energy

    May 16, 2012
    3:00 p.m. EDT

    Careers in Wind Energy is a part of the webinar series of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2012. It will provide an overview of wind energy careers from an industry perspective. The webinar is free; no registration is required.

  •  ARPA -E Energy Innovation Summit - Program

    The third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit will be held at the Gaylord Convetion Center, Washington DC from February 27-29, 2012.

    The event is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem - researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials - to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of energy technologies. The Summit's unique combination of leaders makes it the perfect forum for developing energy solutions that wil enable America to out-innovate our global competitors.

  •  Fossil Fuel Independence for Denmark: Why, When, and How?

    Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen

    Monday, March 5, 2012
    12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Stanford University, Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center

    Free and Open to All

    For the first time in history, the human demand for a number of critical natural resources is approaching or exceeding the global supply of these resources. Sustainable development requires that the demand for resources be brought into, and maintained within, the limit of supply. This means that the only possible growth paradigm for society demands that we use our natural resources much more efficiently and, when possible, devleop alternatives for resources where emand approaches supply. While this paradigm applies to a number of natural resources, it is most obviously playing out with respect to energy. Here, two resources are challenged by demand at the global level: fossil fuels (especially oil) and our common atmospheric garbage dump for greenhouse gas waste.

    This is leading a number of countries - especially those where energy security in the short-term is potentially threatened - to invest in or plan alternative energy systems. Denmark has set an absolute date for 2050 for removing fossil fuels from its energy system, the first country in the world to take such an action. Thsi talk will describe the Danish plan, how it was developed, the strategy for achieving fossil fuel independence, and the status of the transition.

  •  Saving the World and Having a Job: the Changing Energy Landscape and Implications for Investment

    Marc Lipschultz, Kolberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

    Monday, March 5, 2012
    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Stanford University, NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

    Free and Open to All

    The energy landscape is changing rapidly. What the internet is to information technology, the development of unconventional resources is to energy, except the impact has been even swifter. The advent of unconventional resources on the supply side intersected with the rapid growth and urbanization of developing markets is creating upheaval in the short term and vast new capital requirements and career opportunities for years to come. These changes impact all facets of the energy complex from renewable generation to the transportation fleet of the future. this seminar will cover these major changes and their implications for investment and careers in the broad energy and infrastructure complex.

  •  A Demand Response (DR) Event: Benefits, Strategies, Automation, and Future of DR

    Friday, March 16th
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    San Francisco -- PEC

    FREE CLASS (for California residents)

    This full-day workshop will feature a detialed exploration of best practices for discovering and implementing the most appropriate DR strategy for any given facility based on its peak-day, electric load profile and other factors. Topics to be discussed include: tips and templates for assessing the building system and control requirements for various DR strategies; decision-based flow diagrams for a wide variety of DR approaches; cost/benefit analysis of various DR programs such as Peak Day Pricing; a discussion of things that can go wrong when configuring and executing DR strategeis and how to avoid them; and, the matrix of PG&E-territory programs and how to determine which program is the best fit for your facility.

  •  PG&E Energy Efficiency

    Offers different classes without cost. Please take a look!

    Pump System Assessment Tools (PSAT) Specialist Qualification

    FREE CLASS (for Califoria residents)

    March 27 (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    March 28 (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    March 29 (Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) San Francisco -- PEC

    A strong commitment is required for this class. Successful completion of the U.S. Department of energy (DOE) 1-day Pumping Systems Management course is advised in advance of taking the Pumping Specialist Qualification class. This class is scheduled to be available in advance on-line through the DOE Website (tentatively planned for posting in February). Additional pre-class assignments and homework are included to help students prepare for the three-day class and the final exam. Students must bring their own laptop computer to class. There are four  gneeral elements to the PSAT specialist workshop:

    1. An overview of pump, motor, adjustable speed drive, and fluid system performance characteristics

    2. Practical issues involved in field measurements of fluid and electrical data

    3. Use of the PSAT and supporting tool software, including hands-on activities and exercises

    4. DOE PSAT Specialist Qualification exam

  •  Consumber-owned Utilities as an Energy Career Path: Doing Pretty Well While Doing Some Good Too

    Susan Kelly, American Public Power Association

    Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
    4:15 - 5:15 PM
    NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University

    Free and Open to All

    It can be hard to find a career path in the energy field that satisfies the urge to make a positive difference while not donning an economic hair shirt. Working for for-profit producers, generators and utilities can require you to put the company's business plan and profits before what might be best for consumers, but working as a consumer advocate can be a tough economic road. A "sweet spot" that even those in the field tend to overlook is working for utilities that are owned by their consumers, either directly through a cooperative or indirectly through a local governmental entity. Because producing profits to satisfy a separate class of shareholders is not required, those working for such utilities can concentrate on a single mission: providing the most reasonably priced, reliable utility service possible while meeting environmnetal goals. Sue Kelly has spent 30 years working for consumer-owned utilites, and will share her views on why they can provide a satisfying energy career path.

  •  Inverter and PV system Technology Forum USA 2012 to be hosted in San Francisco

    Date: Feb. 27-28, 2012

    The aim of the event is, for the first time in the U.S., to bring together all those involved in the manufacture, planning and construction of a PV system, with a specific focus on the electrical systems and their interfaces, and how these can be optimized.

  •  Use of Improved Biomass Stoves in Karnataka and Maharashtra States, India: Understanding Factors Affecting Widespread Adoption

    Date: Feb. 24, 2012

    Stanford University

    Burning of biomass in traditional stoves is associated with a host of ills among an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world, even though cleaner and more efficient technologies exist that could mitigate the problems. This study examines what factors affect cooking mode choice and utilization, with the objective of developing an econometric model that is useful for efforts to encourage the adoption of improved biomass stoves. The project also seeks to offer insights on poorly understood processes of technology adoption among poor populations and to understand the magnitude of health, development and environmental benefits that might be achievable.


    Frank Wolak - Professor of economics; FSI senior fellow
    Mark C. Thurber - Research scholar, FSI/Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

    By invitation only.

  •  The Silicon Solar Industry Roadmap - From Vision to Realization

    Date: Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

    School of Engineering
    Sustainable Energy Program

    Dr. Charles Gay
    President of Applied Solar & Chairman of Applied Solar Council at Applied Materials

    The Silicon Solar Industry Roadmap – From Vision to Realization

    Location: Williman room on the first floor of Benson Center (building #301 on SCU map )
    Time: 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided
    Space is limited. RSVP to


    An industry veteran with more than 35 years of solar experience, he joined Applied in 2006 as corporate vice president, general manager of the Solar Business Group.  In July 2011 he was recognized as an Applied Materials Fellow for his outstanding technical contributions toward the company’s success.  Dr. Gay is also founder of the Greenstar Foundation that delivers solar power and internet access for health, education and microenterprise projects to developing world villages.  Greenstar has been recognized for its innovation by the World Bank, the Stockholm Challenge, the Technology Empowerment Network and the Tech Museum Awards 

    Dr. Gay holds a doctorate degree in physical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. He holds numerous patents for solar cell and module construction and is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Achievement from the World Renewable Energy Congress.