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Energy Summer School Focuses on Solutions
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SLAC Today

Monday - August 31, 2009

Energy Summer School Focuses on Solutions

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Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue LED, gives a public lecture August 27 in Panofsky Auditorium. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

How do you reduce global carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent in 41 years?

That question was put before participants at the start of the SLAC-Stanford–NREL Energy Summer School two weeks ago. Then, between lectures and activities in the two-week residential program, the science and engineering graduate students worked in groups to figure out how to make it happen. Last Friday, at the Research Office Building's Redwood Conference Room, they made their recommendations.

And as the groups discovered, making even modest reductions in carbon emission is tricky. The proposals varied widely, but all approached the problem holistically, culling from the summer school content to come up with well rounded solutions. The ultimate lesson, though, seemed to be that no part of the problem is too small for consideration—not even something like cement production.

"When you think about what the energy future looks like, you don't usually think about cement production," said participant and University of North Dakota Engineering graduate student David Dvorak. Dvorak's group, named Plan B, tied for first place. "But it's such a big problem, you can't overlook anything."

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Toyli Anniyeu, Sebastien Lounis, Kathryn Todd, Ruihua He, David Dvorak and Keith Mosher of the group "Plan B" deliver their presentation August 28 at the Redwood Conference Room. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

The presentations and awards provided a wrap-up the two week summer school, which brought more than 50 students and scientists to Stanford and SLAC—one week on each campus—for two weeks of lectures.  The Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences organized the summer school, together with the Precourt Institute for Energy and Global Climate and Energy Project and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Read more...

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