"Our Energy Future"
A Sustainable Energy Future ‐ Mapping the Way A Public Dialog on Issues and Needs Part of the 2nd SERC Conference on Solar Fuels and Energy Storage Friday, January 15, 2010, 5-9 pm Friday Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Global energy needs are predicted to grow dramatically. These are now met by fossil fuels (~85%) but there are concerns about availability, especially for oil, and clear evidence that CO2 from burning fossil fuels is changing the global climate. Developing renewable carbon‐neutral energy sources and options for energy storage on a truly massive scale may be the most important challenges facing mankind in the next 50 years. UNC’s Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) will sponsor a public forum on achieving a sustainable energy future as part of its 2nd Annual SERC Solar Energy Symposium: Solar Fuels and Energy Storage ‐ The Unmet Needs. Forum Goals Forum Agenda Assess the Magnitude of the Energy Problem: What 5:00‐8:00 pm: Interactive Displays and Video are the needs? What current and future energy sources Presentations: Existing Green energy technologies; are available locally, nationally, and globally? research in sustainable technologies; local, regional, and national innovation; implementation by UNC‐ Evaluate the Capability of Current Technologies: What Chapel Hill, local and state governments, and the is the status of technologies for carbon neutral energy business community. The public will have the generation ‐ solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, biofuels? opportunity to engage in open discussion with Conservation and efficiency improvements? Energy researchers and business leaders on energy issues. storage? Can current technology meet our energy needs now and in the future? 7:00‐9:00 pm: Panel Discussion: An open panel discussion with the public will explore the transition Examine Prospects for Future Technologies: What to a new energy future in science, economics, and technologies are needed? How will they build on policy. Panel members will include Joe Hackney, research and innovation in nanotechnology, materials Speaker of the NC House; Tim Toben, Chair of the science, and biotechnology? NC Energy Policy Council and green builder; Tom Explore the Transition to Our Energy Future: What Meyer, EFRC Director; Chris Clemens, EVP‐CTO of economic and commercialization hurdles need to be MegaWatt Solar; John Boyes, Sandia National Lab; overcome to integrate current and future technologies and Thomas Stith, Kenan Institute and former into our energy infrastructure? What role does public Durham City Councilor. policy play at the local, state, and national levels? The Forum is free and open to the public No registration required Refreshments will be provided. The Friday Center is served from UNC by the HU, FCX, TG, and V lines. The HU bus will run from the Friday Center Park & Ride until 9:56 pm www.serc.unc.edu/outreach.pdf Contact: Bob Pinschmidt, 919-843-6555, email@example.com The symposium is sponsored and organized by the UNC EFRC: Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Co‐sponsors include the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (RTEC); the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology; Progress Energy; the UNC Office of the Chancellor; the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; the UNC Sustainability Office; the LORD Corporation; Duke Energy; and the UNC Institute for the Environment.