Stanford-Woods Energy Seminar - Fall 2009

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Oil Substitutes
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Oil Substitutes

September 23: Adam Brandt, Acting Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Oil Substitutes: Dynamics, Resources, and Systems Behavior. Adam Brandt discusses the results of a model-based comparison of the economic and systemic impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from various non-petroleum energy sources
Lecture 2
U.S. Energy Future: Transportation Fuels
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U.S. Energy Future: Transportation Fuels

September 30: Michael Ramage, former executive vice president of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (retired), and Jim Sweeney, Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; Energy Modeling Forum, Stanford University

National Academy of Sciences Report: America's Energy Future: Liquid Transportation Fuels from Coal and Biomass

Michael Ramage and James Sweeney discuss the conclusions of the National Academy of Sciences report entitled America's Energy Future with a focus on the sections dealing with liquid transportation fuels.
Lecture 3
Sustainable Energy Systems: Scale, Tradeoffs, and Co-Benefits
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Sustainable Energy Systems: Scale, Tradeoffs, and Co-Benefits

October 14: Panel with Stanford Faculty:

* Sally Benson, Director Global Climate and Energy Project

* Pamela Matson, Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences

* Lynn Orr, Director Precourt Institute for Energy

* Stephen Schneider, Melvin & Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

* Jim Sweeney, Director Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

* Buzz Thompson, Co-Director Woods Institute for the Environment

Sustainable Energy Future: Scale, Tradeoffs, and Co-Benefits. The panelists discuss the interconnected aspects of future sustainable energy systems with a focus on the scales, tradeoffs, and co-benefits involved.
Lecture 4
Economic Analysis of the Solar Industry
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Economic Analysis of the Solar Industry

October 28: Annie Hazlehurst, graduate student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in the E-IPER program

Economic Analysis of the Solar Industry: When Will Grid Parity Be Achieved? Annie Hazlehurst discusses the current state and future of the solar photovoltaic industry from an economic and business perspective with a specific focus on when the price of photovoltaic-generated electricity will be competitive with other generation methods.
Lecture 5
Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Financing
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Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Financing

November 04: Lyndon Rive, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SolarCity

Residential and Commercial Solar: Installation Analysis and Financing Models. Lyndon Rive discusses the business model and future prospects of his rapidly growing company, which concentrates on installing affordable photovoltaic systems for residential customers using a unique financing model.
Lecture 6
Solar Cell Technology in 2009 and Beyond
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Solar Cell Technology in 2009 and Beyond

November 11: Professor Michael McGehee, Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering Department

Solar Cell Technology in 2009 and Beyond

Related Link(s): http://www.stanford.edu/group/mcgehee/

Michael McGehee discusses the state-of-the-art in currently competing solar photovoltaic technologies, including the future prospects and potential problems involved with each.
Lecture 7
Solar Energy at Scale
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Solar Energy at Scale

November 18: John Benner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Impacts of the Solar Industry

Related Link(s): http://www.nrel.gov/pv/electronic_materials_devices.html

John Bennery's Electronic Materials and Devices research group, discusses the factors and bottlenecks involved in scaling various photovoltaic technologies to national and international production scales.
Lecture 8
Communicating Climate Science in a Changing Media Landscape
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Communicating Climate Science in a Changing Media Landscape

December 2, 2009



Heidi Cullen, Climate Central, Director of Communications, Senior Research Scientist

The year 2009 brought with it major changes in the economic, political, as well as media landscape. This talk will explore how these recent changes may have impacted the public’s perception of climate change as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the United States as COP-15 plays out. One of those challenges will require inventing new models for science journalism and one of those opportunities may require a redefinition of what it means to be a scientist.



Climate Central is a new nonprofit science and media organization created to provide clear and objective information about climate change and its potential solutions. Heidi Cullen shares the approach that Climate Central has developed.



Dr. Heidi Cullen is a senior research scientist with Climate Central, a non-profit research and communications organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Climate Central combines sound science and vivid media to increase public understanding and attention to the climate challenge. Dr. Cullen currently provides reports on climate for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Before joining Climate Central, Dr. Cullen helped create Forecast Earth on The Weather Channel, the first weekly television series to focus on issues related to climate change and the environment. Dr. Cullen worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. She received a bachelor's degree in engineering/operations research from Columbia University and went on to receive a doctorate in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.