How Energy Policy is Really Made
Tara Billingsley, Professional Staff, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Tara Billingsley, professional staff, for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate, discusses current and proposed U.S. energy policy and the legislative process. The Energy Seminar meets during the academic year on Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
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Transforming Our Energy Economy: The Role of Renewable Energy
Dr. Dan E. Arvizu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Coals’ Role in the Global Energy Mix: Coal Markets with a View to 2030
Richard Morse, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Can Nuclear Energy be a Sustainable Contribution to Address the Climate Change Concerns? The French Experience
Jacques Bouchard, former head of the Nuclear Energy Division of Commissariat a L’Energie Atomique in France
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Smart Grids and De-carbonizing the Power Sector
Nicholas Jenkins, Shimizu Visiting Professor, Atmosphere & Energy Program, Stanford University
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 |
Ilan Kroo, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
January 21, 2009 - Ilan Kroo, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, discusses the impact of aviation on the environment and the idea of "sustainable" aviation. Transport is responsible for 13-20% of all greenhouse gases, and aviation accounts for about 13% of transportation. Additionally, burning fuel at higher altitudes has an increased effect on global warmingcompared to the same emissions at lower altitudes, which gives the airline industry a disproportionate impact on climate change. Kroo shows that airplane efficiency has improved by 70% since the first airplane design, but has a number of design recommendations for further increasing the fuel efficiency of planes. These include autonomous aerial refueling, formation flight, and altered wing shape for reduction of drag. Kroo recommends systems of fleet design, new configurations and technologies, and a new climate model as critical for future improvements.
A Major New Initiative Focused on the Global Problem of Energy, and a conversation with distinguished panelists
President John L. Hennessy; Sally Benson, director, Global Climate and Energy Project; John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer, Google Inc.; Jim Sweeney, director, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; Jane Woodward, chief executive officer, MAP and consulting professor, Stanford University; Moderated by Lynn Orr, founding director, Global Climate and Energy Project
Monday, January 12, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | | Free and Open to All
Lee Schipper, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford University
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
January 7, 2009 - Lee Schipper, senior research engineer at the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, discusses better and more realistic fuel economy options in the U.S. and other industrialized nations. Schipper reveals that a rise in income levels leads to slower growth in CO2 emissions. However, though technology to reduce emissions has improved, worldwide growth continues. While voluntary agreements to reduce emissions are an important part of the solution, only half of the goals of past agreements have been achieved. Schipper devises a strategy for viewing the many components of the emissions problem as they relate to transport, creating a method through which these components can be assessed and addressed concurrently. His analysis indicates that as the real fuel price increases, the total distance per vehicle per capita decreases, as does the fuel intensity. Because residents of the U.S. use cars to travel the large majority of the urban distance that they move, he concludes that the future of car use, particularly in the U.S., depends on transport policies, CO2 policies, and higher fuel prices. Outstanding questions remain regarding how the U.S. will transform the current transport system and how developing countries will utilize lessons learned by developed countries when designing their own transport policies.
Professor Margot Gerritsen, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Margot Gerritsen, associate professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, discusses marine energy technology. Specifically, she provides an overview of the wave and tidal resource available worldwide and in North America, and then she reviews the state of technology to harness that energy. Gerritsen views these technologies as in their very early days.
Professor Roland Horne, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Roland Horne, professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, discusses the future of oil. He reviews historical production and trends in reserves and resources to show that while the era of "easy oil" is coming to an end, technologies like enhanced oil recovery and tar sands and oil shale recovery will prolong the fossil fuel era. Even with new discoveries and technologies, demand will soon exceed supply.