Dramatically lower prices for raw silicon (Si) have reduced the cost of solar power modules (panels). For total power system cost to continue to fall, however, new methods are required to produce high efficiency silicon solar cells that minimize material costs and processing complexity. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy recently demonstrated a method for high-efficiency silicon that may do just this.
In celebration of Engineering Week: 2014, Mr. J. Brett Williams- Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Northeast region - and Mr. David Boers – Associate and Program Manager in Burns & McDonnell’s Transmission and Distribution division- will provide students with a comprehensive view of the electric generation and transmission market and its evolution into the 21st century.
Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels burned in inefficient devices to meet their cooking and heating needs with profound social and environmental consequences. There is strong evidence indicating that Household Air Pollution (HAP) caused by poor combustion of biomass and other solid fuels contributes to acute lower respiratory infections in children, low birth weight and stillbirth, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer, as well as cataracts and tuberculosis. As a result, HAP is the fourth leading cause of illness and death worldwide.
*Note, the conference was previously scheduled for April 3.
Please save the date of Thursday, April 17th, to join Yale Climate & Energy Institute for a critical look at the world of energy in 20 years. Jumping off from today’s energy projections, speakers and panelists will examine key countries, sectors, technologies and policies that may disrupt conventional predictions and dramatically change the world’s energy mix by the year 2030.
Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo (Todai), will be visiting Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014, and will give a Special Lecture in the YCEI series on Interdisciplinary Topics in Energy. The lecture will discuss failures of regulatory policy and nuclear safety in Japan, along with proposals for reform, in light of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011.
A new record at 44.7% total conversion efficiency by a consortium of German and French researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin has demonstrated the viability of an untraditional design for high-efficiency solar cells. The breakthrough was achieved …
Resiliency is the theme of Pace University’s upcoming 15th annual land use conference. Defined as “ how systems and settlements stand up to shock from the outside…”1, resiliency is an appropriate organizational concept for a panel discussion on how communities might respond to the potentially shocking discovery of rich stores of gas shale beneath their land.
*NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION TO BURKE AUDITORIUM, KROON HALL*
Brian Marrs is a Senior Analyst in Strategy, Policy, and Sustainability for NRG Energy, the largest competitive power producer in the United States. He holds degrees in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES ‘12). Prior to Yale, Brian worked as a power systems economist for Vattenfall Europe, based out of Berlin, Germany.
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
Johannes Urpelainen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His talk examines the potential for using renewable sources of energy, notably solar power, to combat energy poverty in India where two-thirds of the population relies on traditional biomass for cooking and one-third does not have access to basic household electricity.