ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010

Renewable Energy - Overview & Opportunities

Monday August 30, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Hawaii Convention Center


This course presents a big picture framework for understanding the current state of renewable energy technologies and their potential for further penetration into the global energy supply. Specific renewable energy technologies addressed include solar, geothermal, wind, and biofuels. Energy history, current global energy status, and future energy requirements are discussed to provide the background and economic environment in which these emerging renewable technologies must compete. Opportunities and barriers for each renewable energy technology are addressed as well as enabling technologies such as hydrogen and energy storage.

Who should attend?

This course will appeal to researchers, consultants, government officials, venture capitalists and anyone interested in energy or Renewable Energy Technologies.


Daniel Laird Daniel Laird is a project leader and principal member of the technical staff in the Energy, Resources, and Systems Analysis center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He currently conducts research in wind energy, power system integration, and energy systems analysis. Dr. Laird was the Technical Program Chair for the ASME/AIAA Wind Energy Symposium (2006 and 2007) and is a member of the ASME Wind Energy Technical Committee. He leads Sandia National Laboratories’ internal energy systems education program. Dr. Laird received his B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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