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Energy demand has increased along with concerns about environmental issues, energy security, and foreign fuel dependence. As such, local renewable energy production has received much attention, and Photovoltaic (PV) systems can be a viable approach to fulfill local energy demands. It is assumed that PV applications will mainly involve urban areas, as >80% of people […]
In this presentation, we will explore what it takes for an individual to become a renewable power generator. Working with the local electric coop in rural Colorado, in 2012 Red Wagon completed construction of an 88kW solar array, tied to the grid and selling power to the coop through a 10 year PPA. With the […]
Utility scale solar (large solar installations tied into the traditional grid system) has enjoyed a rapid growth over the past three years as utilities signed power contracts for mega projects. The recent trend, however, has been away from larger projects, leading to speculation that the era of the utility scale project is over. This presentation […]
“Accurate solar resource data is essential for solar energy systems. In order to finance these systems, banks need assurances that these systems will produce the energy predicted. Failing to meet the minimum energy performance requirements can result in large financial penalties requiring expensive risk mitigation measures. Additionally, utility planners and grid system operators need to […]
“The initial version of the SUNY satellite-to-irradiance model was introduced in 2002 based upon the underlying fundamental work of Schmetz, Canot et al., and Zelenka et al. This model falls in the category of semi-empirical models whereby a physical radiative transfer model is empirically modulated by a satellite-derived cloud index. Version 2 of the model […]
Radiative transfer models simulating broadband solar radiation, e.g. Rapid Radiation Transfer Model (RRTM) and its GCM applications, have been widely used by atmospheric scientists to model solar resource for various energy applications such as operational forecasting. Due to the complexity of solving the radiative transfer equation, the radiative transfer computation under cloudy conditions can be […]
“Lower-income families are most vulnerable to cost fluctuations associated with energy and water supply changes. Thus, affordability is a key goal of the proposed U.S. Department of Energy 2015 ‘NexusHaus’ team. The team is formed by The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM). The NexusHaus aims to explore its […]
A wet market is literally wet – wet produce, wet floors, and fish, crabs and shrimp swimming in water. The wetness establishes the freshness demanded by Hong Kong (HK) consumers. Managing the flow of water through the stalls and keeping the market clean and hygienic is a demanding challenge. HK is also a remarkably wet […]
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) have a great impact on occupants’ productivity and satisfaction. The aim of this study is to present significant findings from literature review analysis of four IEQ components on health and occupant’s comfort and productivity. This study will be compared with Well Standard to synthesize and evaluate the impact of the occupant’s […]
The novel water-wall component system aims to provide a localized, tangible, and interactive system to increase one’s thermal comfort through natural energy flows. The system utilizes a design strategy similar to a Trombe wall, however in place of the opaque thermal mass wall it uses a transparent water-wall. The depth of the water-wall was designed […]
In this forum, regional stakeholders will present an overview of settled and pending activities impacting the solar market in Pennsylvania, including any new state programs, Renewable Portfolio Standards revisions, net metering changes and other market-moving developments. Forum may include discussion on strategies for solar stakeholders to work together to present united front on behalf of […]
NCAR’s philosophy in constructing SunCast is that to provide a seamless forecast across temporal scales requires multiple systems that leverage technologies at each scale. On the shortest timeframes, systems are based on real-time measurements in the field (StatCast), including specialized instrumentation such as total sky imagers (StatCast). As satellite data become available, short-range forecasts advect […]
Electrical load depends critically on weather variables, in addition to human usage elements. Recently, the growing penetration distributed solar power production “behind the meter” has been making a substantial impact on net load, reducing demand during sunny periods and increasing net load variability under rapidly changeable weather conditions. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has […]
“The interest in forecasting the variations in distributed (also known as “behind-the-meter”) solar-based power generation (DSG) has been growing rapidly because the amount of distributed solar-based production on some grid systems has also been increasing rapidly. The prediction of DSG is complicated by the fact that many of the attributes (panel types, panel orientation, maintenance […]
We present our initial efforts at modeling the benefits of large-scale distributed solar generation on regional water resources. While the projected impacts of climate change on regional water resources and the need to reduce water usage for power generation have been well documented, the modeling framework of how distributed solar generation could alleviate those impacts […]
The Solar Women of Totogalpa receiving a UNDP project to build 120 Improved Cookstoves motivated the co-authors to improve their Improved Cookstove design by adding a second air intake to get more complete combustion and more efficient use of the firewood. By measuring the efficiencies of three of the stoves before and after this modification […]
The orientation of housing ensembles in relationship to the sun position had been an important topic throughout architectural history. While the vast majority of studies have stated that the best orientation of housing is facing the building’s long side toward south, most architects and urban planners of the 1920s preferred the orientation of the building’s […]
Fifteen SunShot projects are developing plans to increase solar deployment through expanded use of virtual net metering and commercial property assessed clean energy, focusing on resilience, and through other community engagement efforts. As one of the awardees, VEIC is convening stakeholders and using scenario modeling to prepare for and support 20% of Vermont’s energy to […]
Taylor’s hypothesis provides a good starting point for solar forecasting over medium time scales, though associated forecasts may be insufficiently accurate for distributed PV grid integration.
I hope to present the concepts underlying the methodology in development and verify how the methodology is applied. In describing research findings, I hope to obtain feedback and suggestions from fellow researchers. I also hope to cultivate a wider and deeper understanding of the challenges faced by solar energy penetration in energy markets.
“This paper summarizes results from a major ongoing international solar resource assessment cooperative R&D program called “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting” (Task 46), which is a multi-year task under the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Implementing Agreement. About 76 solar resource assessment experts representing approximately 15 countries are involved in the Task, either […]
Recent solar seasonal thermal storage projects have incorporated new technologies (superior insulation, stratification, etc.) to lower their effective costs of energy. These technologies are more cost-effective in large district heating scale projects than in residential applications.
This panel explores how legal issues related to both water and solar power development and usage relate. The goal is to help the audience better understand the dynamics associated with the nexus between water and solar power, as well as the associated legal issues.
Over the past two years the Passive House Institute US in cooperation with Building Science Corporation have developed a new performance based climate specific passive building standard. The standard has been proposed as a new baseline for the PHIUS+/Zero Energy Ready Home program. Out of all the measures that can take a building to zero […]
This presentation will acquaint listeners with the promise of passive solar heating in cloudy climates; with the perils of over-massing in such climates; and with the power of focused design and effective control systems to manage a delicate solar resource.
Due to the paradigm shift in the past decade, the integration of sustainability into the curricula for architects and architectural education has been promoted. It would appear that architec¬tural technology has been gaining more relevance within our architectural programs. With new de¬velopments in design delivery methods (through Building Information Modeling), growing interest in making our […]
Many electricity markets are shifting to time-of-use (TOU) metering to account for the variability in wholesale costs and to develop strategies to integrate renewable generating technology. A dual tank solar-assisted heat pump (SAHP) system developed in previous work was analyzed on the basis of TOU to assess the impact and potential of the system. Nearly […]
In this work we analyzed the changes in customer Power Factor (PF) when interconnecting Net metered behind the meter solar Photovoltaic (PV) system to the utility grid. Normally for residential customers, PV production does not create any power factor penalty problems since they have a limited usage of reactive power. However, in commercial scale projects, […]
The incidence of extreme weather and natural disasters has increased in recent years. Communities affected by such events often experience compromised electrical transmission and distribution systems; resulting in large numbers of buildings and operations without electrical service for often long durations until utility electrical service restoration. Buildings and operations which provide critical community services during […]
Two phase micro pin fin coolers are an energy efficient configuration for cooling triple junction CPV arrays at high concentration ratios and low working fluid flow rates.
A unique opportunity for developing PV- powered, LED-lit, next generation fiber-optic traffic light technology is identified. Fiber-optic lighting is a remote-source lighting system and involves a light source that does not need to be located at the illumination site (for instance, the signal head in the traffic light) and fiber-optic cables transport light to its […]
Net positive energy projects are rapidly becoming possible without adding considerable cost. However, there are not clear practices, processes, and metrics to effectively and repeatedly build net positive energy buildings. This session will explore the challenges and present a replicable process which can be used on all net positive energy building projects to consistently save […]
“The demand for high-performance buildings coupled with new information and simulation modeling tools has created a unique leadership opportunity for young designers. Many Architecture and Engineering firms are looking to recent university graduates to help shape how new design tools can be implemented to support the building design process as it relates to performance. This […]
The new Energy Clinic at Vermont Law School takes a community-minded approach by helping locals develop solar projects that yield both environmental and economic benefits. Student clinicians come from a cross section of VLS programs including Masters of Energy Regulation and Law, LLM in Energy Law, and JD students. In this presentation the leader of […]
This forum will look at the Solar Decathlon competition as a catalyst for the refinement and promotion of high-performance buildings. Past and current challenges to design teams will be summarized. The prospects for future innovations in high-performance buildings via the Solar Decathlon and other programs such as Passive House will be considered. A reflective presentation […]
Renewable energy on contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites is not only a good idea, but is happening with over 150 projects installed nationwide. While the characteristics of such lands as well as the legal and policy context needs to be considered, stakeholders have found ways to make such projects economically attractive for investors and […]
A panel composed of 3-5 people of vastly differing ages share their perspectives on solar – from a high school or college student to a solar professional in his/her 80’s, with several others in-between. The goal of the forum is to foster knowledge and understanding of solar energy’s past, acknowledge the quickly-changing present, and help […]
Beer generously donated by Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks. VAMOS! Pedicabs will be on hand to provide rides around the Lemont Village Green, where you will find “Food for Thought”, a local food truck. Event will be held at Café Lemont.
Division meetings for: Sustainability, Resource Assessment, Clean Energy & Water, and Small Wind / Solar Buildings
Students today are frequently seeking out prospects to distinguish themselves via experiential learning while getting hands-on, applied, training which may be useful in their future careers. In sustainability related fields, in particular, there is a great demand for these opportunities. At Penn State, we have a variety of different ways for students to become engaged […]
First, stemming from a community-run sustainability competition, the Solar Garage seeks to be a proof of concept for small solar structures that use a repetitive structural frame for electric vehicles focused on reusing reclaimed or refurbished materials. Second, the partnership and budget from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department necessitated the use of repurposed materials […]
Combining transit that provides for density and mobility with solar is the next transit vision for meeting the challenge of a sustainable/resilient community. Solar powered ATN (automated transit networks) are an important way to address simultaneously the issues of urban design, architecture and energy, doing more with less as Buckminster Fuller would teach us. The […]
The current renewable energy industry is providing entire new areas ripe for innovation and disruption. The audience should take notes as we review these areas in detail and talk about the work that needs to happen and why entrepreneurs will be the best to tackle these challenges.
More than 50% of global final energy consumption today is for the production of heat (and cooling). With solar thermal technology that is currently at least 4 times as efficient as PV in turning our sun’s rays into useful energy, it’s abundantly clear that solar heating and cooling can effectively address what constitutes more than […]
This presentation will focus on the back-and-forth process between the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) and a comprehensive design studio to integrate energy and building science concepts in design education. This collaboration provides a model for research both inspiring design and being inspired by design. The interaction centered on a façade workshop […]
Studio instructors have to establish meeting places for students to share concepts with one another. These places must support any combination of physical collocation and remote synchronous or asynchronous collaboration. The more combinations of concept sharing that are expected, the more intricate is the technological framework necessary that enables all these opportunities for collaboration whenever […]
Because of relatively lower electricity costs in Ohio and the mid-west, the return on investment for a residential solar array is in the range of 12- 14 years. For all but the most environmentally conscientious, This is too long of a period to consider installing a solar array. A little published fact is that if […]
Expected Outcomes: The listener will: 1. Become familiar with Standards affecting electric vehicle charging, 2. Understand Merit Order Dispatch and the effect on electric vehicle charging, 3. Understand the local and global issues with residential electric vehicle charging. 4. Recognize the cost and GHG emissions advantages and disadvantages of: • Uncontrolled vehicle charging • Charging […]
Detailed simulations of large amounts of PV production in Swedish rural power grids show that as module and system prices keep declining and thus increasing the profitability and demand for solar power, current grid performance will limit the potential. Simulations have been made on a case distribution grid (10 kV) with actual hourly load data […]
As the design and equipment for solar PV, thermal systems, and HVAC equipment designs have matured and evolved, so too have the expectations for on-site energy production and comfort at passive house and/or Net zero design basis building. Choosing the right mix and design of equipment for different climate areas and energy budgets can be […]
It has long been known that the world’s oceans experience massive solar heat gain as the large gyres circulate these currents along the equator. This heat is then transported poleward to northern climates, passing along populated coastal areas that are currently reliant on fossil fuels for heating. Inspired by success in coastal Norway and Canada […]
Heating water with solar air heat panels? We gave that up decades ago–are you crazy? Maybe not. Capturing the sun’s energy with water and then transferring it to space heating actually goes against thermodynamic common sense. In northern climates, winter space heating loads dwarf domestic water heating (DHW) loads. This presentation looks at calculations and […]
Multiple teaching methods and involvement in classic lecture courses are not in contrast to involvement in studio and direct design assistance. They go hand in hand. Like many solutions to reducing energy and carbon footprint, they work best when employed together, in coordinated fashion.
This presentation will introduce attendees to the Renewable Energy Analysis Project (REAP), a series of facilities and services focusing on renewable energy adoption provided free of charge to schools and the general public. Attendees will be introduced to the five different renewable energy analysis stations that make up the REAP, learn about how they have […]
Research-based design uses quantitative data collected from existing buildings, generated through rapid prototyping and testing, or simulated using parametric and genetic computer modeling to reduce resource consumption through improved design. Outlining several models for aligning academic architectural research with the needs of practice, this presentation focuses on the advantages and challenges in using graduate-level building […]
In this presentation, a methodology of designing top lighting will be discussed. The methodology consists of three major steps, such as programming stage, energy/ peak load assessment and designing stage. In the first step, programming stage, the methodology focuses on how to identify different metrics requirements for daylight as well as an energy requirement. The […]
A new daylighting and solar thermal product for flat-roofed commercial buildings is completing development this year and will soon be available commercially. By controlling the light output and harvesting the excess solar energy as high-grade thermal heat, much higher daylight autonomy levels are possible compared to conventional skylights with the benefit of a thermal resource […]
What we will present in this paper is a detailed presentation and interpretation of the envelope performance data that has been generated. This building utilizes considerable amount of metal rainscreens and metal solar shading devices in its exterior assemblies. To date, we observed some interesting trends emerging especially with its use of the metal cladding. […]
The study found that industry analysts forecast that the global market for energy storage could be upward of 300 GW in size and $200–$600 billion in value over the next 10 to 20 years. The future U.S. grid energy storage market value is also forecasted to reach between two to four gigawatts in size by […]
Intermittent grid supply forces many industries in developing countries to opt for diesel generators(D.G) for reliable power supply. A D.G + P.V hybrid solution is a very lucrative option if the right size of solar is installed while keeping in mind the inherent techno-commercial aspect of the solution. Our smart algorithm that solves for the […]
“The Republic of Turkey has been presenting a very attractive investment environment for the investors for a long time. Foreign direct investments are crucial for Turkey’s economic development. In this context, Turkey has taken the necessary measures to improve the conditions for the investors in the energy area. Turkey has also adopted concrete targets to […]
The combination of renewable technologies can enable the conversion of more renewable energy. This work demonstrates that a heat pump and solar thermal collectors can operate with synergy to reduce the amount of purchased energy. Simulation results from an experimentally validated TRNSYS model show that significant increased solar collection occurs regardless of location. Several North […]
A small-scale solar organic Rankine cycle is a promising renewable energy -driven power generation technology that can be used in the rural areas of developing countries. A prototype was developed and tested for its performance characteristics under a range of solar source temperatures. The solar ORC system power output was calculated based on the thermal […]
“In the United States, nine out of 10 people indicate they want to use solar energy, yet only a quarter of rooftops are actually suitable for an installation. The remaining 75% face challenges such as tree shading, improper roof orientation, or they rent their home or commercial property. These unserved customers are an immense potential […]
“Over the past year and a half Solarize Connecticut has been accelerating residential solar adoption by implementing community-based solar campaigns. A partnership between Yale University, Duke University, non-profit SmartPower and the CT Green Bank has been working through a Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative grant, as part of the Solar Energy Evolution Diffusion Study (SEEDS) […]
“California has a “Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategy” that all new residential construction will be net zero energy (NZE) by 2020. Two things noticeably absent from California’s strategy were: (1) the exclusion of existing residential buildings; and (2) the exclusion of personal transportation. Hoff and Ressler defined the ZNET concept in a 2014 ASES paper […]
Lighting is known as one of the major energy consumers in U.S. commercial buildings. To reduce the use of artificial lights in buildings, the existing green building rating systems such as LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) include a credit if the building demonstrates daylight areas over 50% of total floor areas using […]
Windows present an both an opportunity and a challenge to green building designers. Harvesting daylight during the day and warmth in the winter while reducing heat gain in summer have been mutually exclusive goals. A new type of autonomous window blind brings in controlled amounts of diffused daylight while varying its solar heat gain coefficient […]
Come take a look at a variety of electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles, including Cory Ryder’s Vectrix IF motorcycle, on display at the Penn Stater at the main entrance (right off of Innovatio Blvd.) on the small lawn in the guest drop-off area. Show and tell with Joel Anstrum on Wednesday (7/29) from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
“This paper synthesizes available information on the ups and downs of renewable energy development in the southwestern United States. The purpose is to understand the dynamics of financing, institutional arrangements, and the pace of solar energy implementation in a geographic region with one of the highest solar and geothermal energy potential in the world. Specifically, […]
This presentation will review the Right-to-Know case that led to the release of this information and present an overview of the data, with key findings and questions raised. Observations and outcomes are shared related to cost trends, location patterns, system size, module and inverter manufacturers and installer participation. Possible areas for future research are recognized.
“How many solar PV installations exist in your geographic area of interest? This question plagued the North Texas Renewable Energy Group. NREL’s OpenPV project did not provide a comprehensive answer. The distributed energy provider (Oncor) could not adequately answer the question. It was not until we gathered actual data by approaching the cities in North […]
How many solar PV installations exist in your geographic area of interest? In the absence of solid reporting data, members of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG) sought data on the number of installations in North Texas. NREL’s OpenPV data is subject to self-reporting limitations. Commercial services that may provide such information are expensive. […]
“While public policy related to renewable energy leads one to believe the majority of energy demand is for electricity, this is not the case. World-wide, the majority of energy is used for heat and this fact is often forgotten in the current discussion on energy policy changes. In general, applications below 100 C for space […]
“Optimizing the whole solar thermal system, means optimizing the collectors, storage and the distribution, so managing both the supply and demand is critical. Efficiency curves show you that solar collectors work better at lower temperatures. If you use distribution methods that can satisfy the heating demand with lower temperatures by using high efficiency convectors and […]
Learn how solar has influenced cooling and dehumidification of the built environment. Review case studies of successful and not-so-successful solar cooling projects.
The economic merits and environmental benefits of solar energy are increasingly compelling, especially in areas of the country popularly believed to be ‘unsuitable’ for solar technologies. The trend of evaluating the value of solar across space and time-horizons adds new opportunities and challenges across a broad range of stakeholders, operating across multiple scales; including policymakers, […]
“The essential roles of the building facades—providing shelter, form, and image—can be expanded to significantly improve building performance, including major reductions in energy use. Rather than a static enclosure, the building facade has the potential to redirect daylight, integrate natural ventilation, manage radiant heat transfers, generate energy, and provide visual and physical connections between inside […]
Neither of our two schools alone had sufficient momentum behind solar education to sustain a decent project, so we teamed up. Two similarly sized community colleges in two states in the Washington, DC metropolitan area earned “Small Solar School” designation, thanks to a Department of Energy funded grant administered through the North Carolina Clean Energy […]
Over the past decade there has been an increase in sales of electric vehicles. Despite this trend, the availability of charging stations to service these vehicles is still lacking. Installation of charging stations at workplaces provides a convenient temporal coincidence between consumer demand and the availability of the solar resource. In this paper we discuss […]
The demand for cooling in residential and commercial buildings is increasing worldwide, causing more reliance on conventional vapor compression cooling techniques and thereby exacerbating the environmental impact. Passive cooling and energy efficient designs have proven to substantially reduce this adverse impact and their widespread application would be highly desirable. Direct evaporative cooling has been recognized […]
This study provides information on the analysis of the energy efficiency of an air based PV/T solar roof system when integrated with a building’s existing HVAC system in various climates within the United States. Specifically, this study utilizes a computational and numerical analysis program that incorporates computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to investigate detailed fluid flow […]
The use of daylighting to supplement and offset artificial lighting requirements in interior spaces is an important step in achieving California’s current and future energy goals. The analysis of daylighting is not only difficult for lighting designers, but also the results are not always accurate. Four popular lighting analysis software programs (AGi32, Ecotect/Radiance, Rhino/Diva, and […]
“Electrical and thermal performance of a solar house will be discussed using data collected over two years. The house located in mountain climate of Western Maryland has two sections designed and built separately at different times. One section has more solar gain compared to the other, which is more airtight with smaller infiltration and higher […]
“Daylighting is often regarded as an energy savings architectural statement. However, the benefits from daylighting extend beyond potential energy savings. The psychological and physiological effects of natural light also need to be considered. Healthy, comforting space with connections to the outdoor environment provides benefits as significant as energy savings. Case studies have proved that daylighting, […]
Codes and performance standards for housing are rapidly improving; however much diversity remains in the methods, policy and practices for achieving net-zero energy/net-zero energy ready housing on a broad scale. This forum will explore these questions through presentations of recent research and case studies. Topics include identifying standards, benchmarks and current trends in the market […]
OBJECTIVE. To evaluate the impact of resident behavior in a multifamily, adaptive reuse building and its effects on energy consumption. METHODS. An online Post Occupancy Survey (POE) was offered to residents at an adaptive reuse, multifamily complex. Tenants living in their unit at least 12 months were asked to provide 12 months of electricity bills […]
“We have investigated using daytime radiative cooling to enhance performance of dry-cooled Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants. Water scarcity and environmental concerns are the driving forces for CSP plants to use dry cooling systems. In order to overcome the efficiency penalties associated with using air-cooled technologies several supplemental cooling techniques have been proposed. Recent advancements […]
The increased severity and frequency of extreme weather events caused by climate change are major issues that need to be acknowledged. One of the most important problems caused by these events is providing relief for the victims. The goal of this project is to develop, construct and test a portable solar energy conversion system that […]
“Prediction of solar cell and module operating temperatures are a critical component of solar power forecasting. Elevated operating temperatures reduce overall power conversion efficiencies on the order of .4% per degrees C. This leads to power conversion errors of ~3% from errors of only 5 degrees C in cell temperature prediction. Models for calculating cell […]
It is widely recognized by society that we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This project evaluates the feasibility of long term Ice Thermal Energy Storage Systems, to reduce the dependence on generated electricity for cooling buildings in the summer. The system consists of a large insulated volume capable of storing large amounts […]
The main objectives of the work described in this paper to model and simulate the autonomous hybrid photovoltaic wind generator with battery storage (PV/WG). The more accurate and practical mathematic models for characterizing PV module, wind generator and battery storage are adopted, combining with hourly measured meteorological data and load data. The hourly wind speed, […]
Case study on installation and benefits of photovoltaic systems in isolated riverside communities in the Amazon.
The community Charging Station and Private Charging Stations are the base project of Energy For Opportunity (ENFO). The Community Charging Station (CCS) is owned and managed by the community members in remote areas. The community provide the kiosk, manual labor and accommodation for the installers. The community chooses two people to take care of the […]
A primary objective of NASA’s Prediction of Worldwide Energy Resource (POWER) project is to put NASA Earth Science research to practical uses in the energy, agricultural, and architectural industries. NASA’s solar and meteorological data have been formulated through analysis and modeling, producing POWER data sets useful for the optimization of renewable energy production and efficient […]
Featuring live music by Dopplerpoppins.
Join TriYoga® teacher Justine Andronici, for a relaxing and centering morning yoga practice. TriYoga® is a flowing style of yoga that connects movement, breath and focus. Justine offers her students instruction in the traditional aspects of yoga including physical movement (asana), and Prana Vidya, a series of systematic practices including a combination of breathing (pranayama), […]
CSP / Energy Economics, Solar Thermal, Sustainable Transportation, Solar Electric
The potential under-recovery of utility fixed costs resulting from PV net metering has elicited concerns about increased retail rate levels, leading to a feedback cycle of ever-rising PV deployment and retail rates. However, another under-recognized feedback mechanism—one related to time-varying retail rates –exists that could partially or fully offset this effect. This presentation examines the […]
As solar photovoltaics reaches and surpasses grid parity we enter a new world where everything changes. We leave the fossil fuel era and enter the era of buildings that produce as much or more energy than they use – the era of net zero energy buildings. As PV costs continue to decrease and efficiencies continue […]
There is a direct link between the production of energy for use in buildings, climate change, and the resiliency of residential environments that must be addressed through responsible policy, planning and design. Over the past five decades, climate change has had a profound impact on weather patterns. Rising air temperatures allow the atmosphere to absorb […]
It is necessary to equip designers with the knowledge and tools to optimize building performance and reduce our impact on the environment. This paper discusses a series of design studios and seminar courses at Cal Pomona that aim to educate future designers implementing hands on and design, build, evaluate methods, while at the same time […]
Utilizing a Solar Decathlon House for research provided a great opportunity for scientific advances. The Interlock House, Iowa State University’s entry into the 2009 US DOE Solar Decathlon has been converted into an NSF EPSCoR funded community laboratory for energy efficiency research. The building operates as activity center of a state park resort. Over hundred […]
Construction began in March 2015 on a $12.5 M “Emergent Technologies Institute” (ETI) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida. The ETI will be a 25,000 ft2 (2,322 m2) LEED Silver facility comprised of research laboratories, high bay areas, a machine shop, student project spaces, classrooms, computer labs, an auditorium and an […]
“Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, the young architect for the new St George’s Hall in Liverpool, England, was eager to learn about Dr. Reid’s experiments with warming and ventilation. Following a devastating fire that destroyed the old Palace of Westminster, Dr. Reid, a chemistry professor and a medical doctor, had successfully designed an intricate warming and ventilation […]
Come take a look at a variety of electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles, including Cory Ryder’s Vectrix IF motorcycle, on display at the Penn Stater at the main entrance (right off of Innovatio Blvd.) on the small lawn in the guest drop-off area. Chris Kepler’s Quest XS Velomobile will be on display on Thursday 11am-12pm.
Community energy projects are hard enough without also first having to get laws changed or a utility to finance it. The Clean Energy Co-op was formed in 2014 to finance, own and operate renewable energy systems from and within its community. Jack will describe their challenges and roadblocks, both the expected and the unexpected, as […]
“Throughout the solar industry component efficiencies are pursued with laser focus, however many times when photovoltaic systems are installed overall system efficiency is not one of the primary concerns. Photovoltaic systems are often installed in high snow areas with installation practices derived from the US southwest and California with little regard to the winter effects […]
The SAM Simulation Core is an SDK that mimics the capabilities of NREL’s System Advisor Model software. This presentation details our experiences and lessons learned in developing an application that makes use of the SAM Simulation Core for photovoltaic system modelling.
“The PV Watts model and single-diode models (e.g., NREL’s SAM 5 parameter model) are popular tools for modeling PV system power generation. The performance of these models has been well studied and has been shown to be accurate, but highly sensitive to the derate assumptions used. Accurate derate estimation is therefore a significant challenge faced […]
“Shine Time” is a highly interactive forum on creating and sharing positive messages about renewable energy and sustainability. The forum begins with several short, stimulating presentations from diverse viewpoints capturing international, technical, economic, environmental and social perspectives on renewable energy and its important role in building a more peaceful, productive world for all. Next the […]
As a member of ASES since the seventies I have grown to appreciate one of our society’s real values – it creates in our conferences a forum wherein solar designers (typically the early adopters) are exposed to technologies (sometime just concepts – other times well advanced) that are very often outside of the designer’s current […]
Alfred State College of Technology has been integrating and constructing student built Zero Energy homes since 2009 based on our experience with student built Energy Star homes. All homes are completely built by students in carpentry, masonry, HVAC and electrician programs. The first home was built to NAHB Gold standards and is an AASHE award […]
Water and light snacks provided. Check out local tour solar and renewable energy sites, including a straw bale house, the MorningStar Solar Home (former Solar Decathlon entry) and others, ending at the PSU Sustainability Institute for a BBQ cookout open to all SOLAR 2015 registrants with beer generously donated by Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks. […]
Desired outcomes for the workshop are that participants 1) acquire an understanding of the operation of photovoltaic (solar) emergency backup power systems on schools used as shelters, as well as, in your like and 2) ascertain the feasibility of funding and implementing a solar school shelter program in the ASES Chapter areas.
This workshop will teach you how to make a solar charger for charging cell phones. The chargers we create will be able to power most (if not all) cell phones except iPhones. PV cells, soldering irons, and other materials will be provided. Teachers John Burke and Richard Komp have many years of experience showing people […]
All SOLAR 2015 registrants are welcome to attend a casual BBQ cookout at the PSU Sustainability Institute. Bring a blanket or a chair if possible, but if not, just bring your self. Musical instruments are welcome.