How can we power the world with clean energy?! Pint of Science

The PINT OF SCIENCE Festival (May 20-22) features young scientists from institutions like NREL and CU Boulder at Diebolt Brewing in Denver.

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While not a CRES event we hope you’ll attend. Be aware there’s a $5 fee to defray cost, payable with the above web link to the organizers, not CRES.

Self-replicating solar cell to produce chemicals
Damien Douchi (Postdoc, NREL )
Photosynthesis has been, and still is, a major contributor to equilibriums that shape the atmosphere composition we know today. For 2.5 billion years it evolved to get the best out of sunlight to power growth. In recent efforts we manipulate photosynthetic mechanisms to power the production of molecules of interest (chemicals, fuels, antioxidants, dyes, pharmaceuticals food supplements …). The domestication of photosynthesis drives the mechanism out of the evolutionary pressures it always faced and therefore poses major challenges to the scientific community.

How Solar Energy can Brighten Your Future
Silvana Ayala (Postdoc, NREL)
There’s potential for solar energy to provide the totality of the world’s energy consumption. But there are still barriers to overcome to achieve this potential. In this talk we will explore an overview of how solar energy is generated and managed through solar panels, what the state of the art is, and what are the current market interests and research trends for improving technical, infrastructure, economic and policy barriers in upcoming years. What is the next game-changer in photovoltaics? Join us to find out!

Also two reminders: JCRES hosts Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Hunter Lovins this Thursday, don’t miss this inspiring thought leader and her concrete vision for a Energy and Economy in Service To Life:

And TONIGHT, Sunday, May 19 we’re screening the National Geographic documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” about communities taking local action on climate: