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Stanford Paves Green Road
Colloquium Today: New Directions in Fusion Power
Performance Evaluation Training Session
Call for Proposals: LCLS/AMO Workshop

SLAC Today

Monday - April 28, 2008

Stanford Paves Green Road

Joe Stagner, at the Stanford Solar Array, is the first executive director of the university's Department of Sustainability and Energy Management. (Photo courtesy of Linda Cicero.)

Sustainability movers and shakers at SLAC are joining their counterparts on Stanford's main campus as a part of the Sustainable Stanford initiative. This large-scale effort, undertaken by faculty, staff, students and Stanford community members, is charged with the lofty mission of developing sustainability plans for all of the university.

"Sustainability is about finding ways to reduce our impact on the earth," Stanford Sustainability and Energy Management Director Joe Stagner said. "There are lots of opportunities for joint collaboration between SLAC and the main campus."

The overall initiative is comprised of an overarching Sustainability Working Group and nine Sustainability Working Teams: Green Buildings; Green Purchasing, Food and Recycling; Transportation; Energy and Atmosphere; Evaluation and Reporting; Water; Green Funding; Communications and Community Relations; Economy. SLAC members from Facilities, Environmental Protection and Purchasing are onboard the first six teams.

"The people participating in this initiative all share a concern for the environment and are taking an active role in advancing sustainability at our workplace and in the community", said SLAC Environmental Management System Coordinator Micki DeCamara. "The collaboration with the main campus will enable us to enhance and further our sustainability efforts at SLAC."

Although Sustainability Working Team rosters were only finalized in March, all of the teams have already met and begun discussions on how they can launch the best sustainability practices in their given domains. The continued exchange of ideas within working groups will allow group members to define and plan details of prospective measures, while allowing all the sides to learn from each other.

"I'm excited about having Working Team efforts underway," said Stagner. "They will greatly support Stanford University's commitment to environmental sustainability leadership in research, teaching and institutional practices."

Colloquium Monday

New Directions in Solar Thermal Power

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Solar panels.
(Image courtesy of NOAA.)

California alone needs more than 15,000 megawatts of clean electric power by 2020 to meet the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard; solar thermal power is likely to play a major role, as the California utilities have public announced that they will not build additional wind turbines (as they do not contribute greatly to peak capacity) and other renewables have limited developable resource.

In this afternoon's colloquium, John O'Donnell of Ausra Inc. will discuss a recent study that considered the seasonal correlation of solar power plant output and California grid energy needs, finding that solar alone can deliver over 90% of California's grid energy (with similar findings considering the national U.S. grid).

The talk will review several solar thermal power systems now planned or in use, and discuss aspects of Ausra Inc.'s technology and project plans.

The colloquium takes place this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.  Learn more...

Performance Evaluation Training Session

The last of three training sessions on the performance evaluation process will take place this morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Building 40's Orange Room. Learn more...

Call for Proposals: LCLS/AMO Workshop

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The AMO instrument.

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) is quickly approaching completion with first light anticipated in July 2009. The Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) science end-station will become operational at the same time and the first round of proposals to use it are due in the September 2008.

To assist potential users in preparing a successful proposal to use the LCLS and the AMO instrumentation, a workshop will be held at SLAC on June 2nd and 3rd, 2008. The workshop will provide participants with information needed to write a good proposal and offer the opportunity to ask questions about the LCLS and AMO instrumentation.

Topics to be discussed at the workshop include a detailed description of the AMO instrumentation, expected LCLS FEL beam parameters, and construction status.

More detailed information about the LCLS AMO workshop can be found online.

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