- Absolutely, John! Masdar is the test city of the future powered by solar and wind. MIT is the lead academic institution, although many universities in the USMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 28, 2010View Source
Absolutely, John! Masdar is the test city of the future powered by solar and wind. MIT is the lead academic institution, although many universities in the US are participating. US companies are involved as well; one from Houston, Mustang Engineering won a contract for CHP at Masdar. Masdar also has a university in Abu Dhabi under MIT’s guidance teaching about renewable technology and policy.
Saudi Arabia is adding major components to its universities focused entirely on renewable energy!
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Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: Mark your Calendar for HREG meeting July 25
For those of us that have traveled the world and have seen what other countries are doing with renewables, and have been doing for some years now, the oil industry and big business cannot fool the US citizens much longer in thinking we are years away from green and renewable energy sources on an individual and large scale.
I have also been following what oil centric countries have been doing on the renewable energy front and it would blow your mind. Just look at what Abu Dhabi is doing with our oil money in Masdar City . They do not hide the fact that they are using oil money to build the city.
On Jun 27, 2010, at 10:19 PM, Tyra Rankin wrote:
University of Calgary . He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta and is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.
I interviewed Lorin Vant-Hull and wrote about his work in my master’s thesis on solar energy policy at UH Law School . I hosted an event in Houston for an Israeli solar scientist who invented a form of concentrated PV, CPV that is cost competitive now. I invited Lorin to speak on the panel discussion. I also invited some of Houston ’s leaders who are horribly uninformed about solar power and preach that solar is 15 years away from viability. Concentrated Solar Thermal or CSP is as described an older solar technology that is very reliable and very cost efficient. New improvements in materials and design have enhanced its economics. A few months ago, I interviewed at NREL for a position in DC, my presentation was on CSP. DOE believes that CSP can be the work horse or baseload provider of electricity in many regions. The World Bank committed $500 Million to build CSP in North Africa and the Middle East .
I spoke to NREL about Lorin’s work and talked about why Texas has no solar industry because it refuses to implement a solar policy. Iran has concentrated solar thermal plants – I visited one when I was there last year, see the photo below. Texas does not. Had we built on the work of scientists like Lorin Vant-Hull and his colleague Hildebrant continuously from the 70s/80s since their involvement with Solar One and Two in Barstow CA , we could be leading the nation and world in CSP and CPV installations at this moment. And CSP companies like Abengoa Solar, whose CSP designs in Spain are similar to the towers Lorin developed at Barstow , and with whom Lorin has been consulting these last several years might have headquartered here in Texas , instead of New Mexico and California .
Instead we have people from the oil industry heading the Houston Solar Cities Initiative making uninformed claims that solar is 15 years away from viability. I wonder how much oil money they will make in those 15 years.
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Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2010 2:50 PM
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Subject: [hreg] Re: Mark your Calendar for HREG meeting July 25
I am glad to see the Solar Thermal Power & CPS gaining traction. Back in the 70's & 80's when I was involved with the Houston Solar Energy Society (HSES) and UH's Energy Institute and Solar Lab, UH had a large part in a test Solar Power Tower and in a multitude of concentrating solar collectors being built and sterling engine technology. Otto Glaser, a local inventor and one of the early members of HREG's Houston predecessor, HSES, has often spoken about the expansion of Solar Power Tower Technology. Lorin Vant Hull, PhD, now a UH professor emeritus, who was with the Solar Lab, had a large part in this. Also Rick Bannerot, a UH Mech space engineering professor who at that time specialized in heat selective and reflective surfaces was involved.
These types of solar power systems, such as CPS, are definitely needed NOW, so attending this meeting should help in everybody understanding why.
--- In hreg@yahoogroups. com, mkewert@... wrote:
> First Announcement for our quarterly HREG meeting Sunday July 25th
>on Solar Thermal Power Production, also known as CSP - Concentrating Solar Power.Â This hot topic is becomming more important to Texas, the US and the world.Â (yes, 'focus' and 'hot' puns were intended)Â We areÂ happy toÂ have a special guest speaker, Ali Chehrehsaz, from Houston based Tessera Solar.Â A short business meeting will follow our special topic.
> Our next regular Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) meeting will focus
>Houston School of Architecture building first floor lecture hall.Â http://www.uh. edu/campus_ map/buildings/ ARC.php
> The meeting will be from 2 - 4pm on Sunday July 25 at the University of
>Solar in Houston, whoseÂ role is to support the business development team by managing the engineering, procurement, and construction activities to ensure successful execution of projects.Â
> Ali Chehrehsaz is a member of the project management team with Tessera
>Petro-Canada developing Oil Sands upgrading and mining facilities. Before that he was as a Mechanical Engineer with Bechtel Canada working on oil refinery design projects.
> Prior to joining Tessera Solar, he was a Project Engineer with
> Ali has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the