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August 11, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Details: Upcoming Events
Deep Direct Use Geothermal Workshop
August 17th, 2015 [9:00 am - 4:30 pm (Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am)]
1000 Corporate Dr. Canonsburg, PA 15317
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Presented by: The Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, National Energy
Technology Laboratory, West Virginia University, and Cornell

Topics to discuss: 
1.) What is geothermal direct use technology?
2.) How does direct use differ from geothermal ground-source heating and cooling?
3.) What are the economics and market space for hybrid geothermal  energy systems?
4.) Where are the geothermal hot spots and how are these identified?

The purpose of this workshop is to ask for input regarding the potential for geothermal direct use applications in the Eastern United States. While the entire Eastern U.S. will be discussed, the Appalachian Basin including NY, WV, and PA will feature prominently. Direct use geothermal energy applications in this region could diversify energy supplies and contribute to net-zero energy goals. This workshop will provide a forum to exchange information on low temperature geothermal applications. To that end, participants will be asked to provide recommendations and information based on personal experience, individual advice, information, or facts regarding this topic. The objective of the workshop is not to obtain any group position or consensus; rather, the DOE is seeking as many recommendations as possible from all individuals at this meeting.
2015 Carbon Storage RD Project Review Meeting
August 18th - August 20th, 2015 [8:00 am - 6:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 7:00 am)]
300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
Presented by: The Department of Energy

The Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting features over 75 DOE sponsored projects from the Carbon Storage portfolio. Projects will span all program technology areas, including:
1.) Core R&D
     a.) Geologic Storage
     b.) Simulation and Risk Assessment
     c.) Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA)
     d.) CO2 Use/Re-Use
2.) Infrastructure
     a.) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs)
     b.) Large-Scale Field Projects
     c.) Small-Scale Field Projects
     d.) Fit for Purpose Projects
3.) Strategic Program Support
     a.) National Laboratory Research Network
     b.) Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research Crosscut Technical Team (SubTER)
     d.) National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP)
Transforming Energy Lecture - Dr. Ju Li
September 2nd, 2015 [5:00 pm]
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD 20740

University of Maryland
Presented by: The University of Maryland
 
A proposition that a photovoltaic device made from a strain-engineered MoS2 monolayer will capture a broad range of the solar spectrum and concentrate excitons or charge carriers. The concept can be generalized to bending, interlayer twist and slip, which lead to tunable, low-energy artificial atoms, artificial superlattices and pseudoheterostructures that can regulate excitonic and electronic motions.
 
Second Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference
September 20th - September 23rd, 2015 [Times TBD]
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Omni William Penn Hotel
Presented by: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME)
 
The second conference in the series intends to bring together interested parties from around the world to exchange ideas on energy production, including mining, oil and gas production and electrical power generation, and the impacts on the environment and society. The goals of this meeting are to discuss existing and emerging problems, appropriate and innovative solutions and, best practices and techniques; and to develop collaborations and open dialog on the impacts of energy production on the environment. Many of the issues relate to how environmental impacts and energy production in general affect community well-being and human health.
 
KEEA Conference 2015: Turning Points in Energy Efficiency
October 6th, 2015 [7:00 am - 6:00 pm]
23 South 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg - Hershey
Presented by: The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
 
The KEEA Conference 2015 connects energy efficiency and advanced energy experts involved in utility program planning, energy policy, customer engagement, and emerging energy technology.

This year represents a number of key turning points in energy efficiency and advanced energy in Pennsylvania, from a new phase of Act 129 to new priorities from our state’s new governor. With these changes ahead, now is the ideal time to exchange ideas with other leaders and innovators in the energy industry.
 
5th Annual Pennsylvania Energy Management Conference
October 28th, 2015 [7:30 am - 3:15 pm]
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Presented by: Manufacturer's Education Council

Receive priceless insights into:
1.) Effective strategies to reduce energy costs & sound energy management
2.) What's ahead in terms of natural gas prices & electricity rates
3.) Energy efficiency & conservation plans
4.) Electricity shopping & strategic energy procurement
5.) Demand response
6.) Financial incentives for solar energy
7.) Energy assessments
8.) Gas & electricity coordination
9.) Creating value to your organization and proven techniques to reduce energy consumption
10.) Best practices in energy management
11.) Learn from some of Pennsylvania's leading energy experts!
November 5th - November 6th, 2015 [8:15 am - 7:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 7:30 am)]
2 Waterfront Pl, Morgantown, WV 26501

Waterfront Place Hotel
Presented by: TransTech Energy
 
This conference targets the following:
  • Innovators and entrepreneurs: Pitch your company or project to investors, potential strategic partners, and project developers
  • Investors: Find emerging transitional energy and environmental technology companies with near term payback potential
  • Energy companies and manufacturers: Develop strategic partnerships with start-up companies and project developers
  • All: Join the discussion! Let’s build on the momentum of TransTech and generate some excitement about the possibilities for new companies, advanced manufacturing, and competitive industries!
SOLAR FOCUS 2015
November 16th - November 17th, 2015 [8:30 am - 6:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 8:00 am)]
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Presented by: The Maryland - Washington DC - Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association

Maryland - Washington DC - Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association's (MDV-SEIA) Solar Focus Conference is the East Coast’s premier solar energy conference.
 
November 16th - November 17th, 2015 [*time varies, see agenda* (Registration 9:00 am)]
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

University Club, Pitt-Oakland Campus
Presented by: Swanson School of Engineering & the Center for Energy
 
In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Electric Power Industry Conference (EPIC) and its core value of creating industry-government-community-academic partnerships, this year’s conference theme is “Reimagining Our Energy Future – Building Upon 10 Years of Public-Private Collaborations."

The Swanson School of Engineering & the Center for Energy are also very pleased to announce that this year’s conference keynote speaker will be City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.
 
Details: Resources

Solar and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on Monday.

With its 2030 deadline, Obama's Clean Power Plan offers a degree of stability over the next 15 years to renewable energy companies which have historically relied on more precarious state and federal subsidies to drive growth.

For microgrids that run diesel generators to back up renewable energy, problems can add up to rocketing fuel costs, excessive wear and tear, and the need to significantly oversize generators to cover relatively rare moments of fluctuating load.

Hoffman's system should cost less and work better than diesel-backed generators or lots of battery storage for the microgrid market, which GTM Research has estimated will grow to a cumulative $3.5 billion in the United States by decade's end.

Recognizing the critical role of forests and their need for our protection, the U.N. Climate Summit, last year in New York, pledged to halt deforestation by 2030. Given the vast amount of commercial activity involving the exploitation of forests, that really sounds like a green optimist’s dream. Yet doing so would save somewhere between 4.5 billion and 8.8 billion metric tons from reaching the atmosphere. How much is that? It is essentially equivalent to taking all the world’s cars off the road.

The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, the lowest for any month since April 1988, according to the most recent estimates in EIA's Monthly Energy Review.

The possible "carbon removal" techniques are very diverse. They include growing trees on land or algae in the sea and capturing and burying some of the carbon they have taken from the atmosphere. There are also engineered solutions that "scrub" CO2 directly from the air, using chemical absorbents, and then recover, purify, compress and liquefy it, so that it can be buried deep underground. That sounds difficult and expensive, and at the moment, it is.
From Science to Economics, Why 2015 is Different for Climate Action
 
No one wants to repeat the experience of Copenhagen — least of all the French government, which, as host to this year’s gathering, is determined to wring commitments from governments well in advance of the start of the talks in order to be sure of getting a deal.

The world markedly has changed since 2009, with key developments in science, geopolitical shifts and a new focus on climate change that all put this year’s crunch conference in a far different context from the last one. As we prepare for COP 21, it’s worth examining some of the most important of these changes and considering how those differences might influence the tenor of the talks and, ultimately, the outcome.
Existing carbon capture technologies are energy-intensive and often entail costly transportation and storage procedures. MECC uses the natural conductivity of saline wastewater to facilitate an electrochemical reaction that is designed to absorb CO2 from both the water and the air. The process transforms CO2 into stable mineral carbonates and bicarbonates that can be used as raw materials by the construction industry, used as a chemical buffer in the wastewater treatment cycle itself or used to counter acidity downstream from the process such as in the ocean.

The reaction also yields excess hydrogen gas, which can be stored and harnessed as energy in a fuel cell.
The smart grid, in fact, is part of Grid 2.0 — but it’s just one component of the technologies and processes falling in place to make it happen. . . One of the first essential steps for corporate sustainability managers is to help get their organization connected behind the meter, so they have a more precise view of consumption trends, including the minimum amount of power needed to keep critical systems up and running.
Why is the Borough Council considering internal generation? If we run a four megawatt generator just six hours per year, we can save over $300,000 per year. Just to re-emphasize that this is not a misprint, run the generator six hours per year and save $300,000 or more. That, in a nut shell, is why internal generation for peak shaving is a no-brainer for Berlin Borough.
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