DOE Announces Webinars on Geography of Alternative Fuels, Wind Siting Considerations, and More
EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.
February 17: Live Webinar on Material Handling Fuel Cells for Building Electric Peak Shaving Applications
Webinar Sponsor: Fuel Cell Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Material Handling Fuel Cells for Building Electric Peak Shaving Applications” on Tuesday, February 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will explore the synergy between a facility’s use of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and its reduction of electric grid time of use energy charges. Electric fuel cell forklifts use electricity generated from hydrogen fuel. As such, they allow a versatile application of the produced electricity for either mobility or to offset grid charges associated with peak facility demands. The analyzed scenarios will focus on how different buildings can benefit from offsetting their peak energy demands by connecting fuel cells to their internal power systems.
February 18: Live Webcast on the Geography of Alternative Fuels
Webcast Sponsor: Clean Cities, Vehicle Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled “Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States” on February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webcast will provide insight into the regional applicability of various alternative transportation fuels.
Caley Johnson from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss a project that mapped indicators of existing and potential fuel supply and demand to look at the geographically specific potential of different fuels. In any given location, some fuels may be better than others in terms of economic viability, ease of expanding the market, and environmental benefits. This webinar will explain how NREL mapped the different fuel markets and can help stakeholders choose the most appropriate or promising fuel for their area. The webinar complements a white paper on the same topic.
Attend webcast. No advance registration is required. During the call, dial 888-807-9760, and use audio participant passcode 4990436. Log into the website, and use conference number PW1383510 and participant passcode 4990436.
February 18: Live Webinar on National Development Siting Considerations
Webinar Sponsor: WINDExchange
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “National Development Siting Considerations” on Wednesday, February 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Siting issues are a complex and challenging aspect of turbine installations for developers. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is finishing research on national siting considerations this spring, and other agencies and organizations have created tools designed to help support wind siting decisions. Join moderator Patrick Gilman of the Energy Department as we explore this topic.
- Suzanne Tegen of NREL will present an introduction to her work on national siting considerations and siting tools to provide the context for this discussion.
- Taber Allison from the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) will discuss wildlife considerations relative to wind energy development and the AWWI's Landscape Assessment Tool.
- Brian Woodbridge from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will speak about the agency's decision-support tools that are integrated into a series of landscape-scale conservation strategies for golden eagles, covering the westernUnited States.
February 25: Live Webinar on Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations
Webinar Sponsors: Office of Indian Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration will present a live webinar titled “Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations” on Wednesday, February 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webinar is part of the Energy Department’s Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. Presenters will discuss the benefits of developing new organizations to support energy project development, including the ability to effectively manage and implement projects that significantly contribute to community economic development and support tribal goals of energy self-sufficiency and self-determination. In addition to learning about available business models, attendees will learn how to establish strategic partnerships with private industry to advance tribal energy projects and initiatives.
February 26: Live Webinar on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy
Webinar Sponsor: Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy” on Thursday, February 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This Technical Assistance Program webinar will feature a comparative analysis of program design elements of existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs across the country. PACE is an innovative financing technique that allows energy efficiency and renewable energy investments to be made on existing structures and is continuing to expand in communities across the country. This webinar will feature research recently conducted by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and provide insight into how different commercial PACE programs have structured their programs in areas such as capital sources, underwriting criteria, and eligible energy upgrades. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how PACE works, program design element choices, and lessons learned from early adopters.
Speakers include the Energy Department’s Eleni Pelican; LBNL's Emily Fadrhonc, Program Manager of Electricity Markets and Policy; and Chris Kramer with Energy Futures Group, Inc.
March 3: Energy Efficiency in the Franchise: Best Practices from Better Buildings Franchisors
Webinar Sponsor: Better Buildings
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Energy Efficiency in the Franchise: Best Practices from Better Buildings Franchisors” on Tuesday, March 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Finding energy savings opportunities for a business franchise can be easy, but getting them implemented can be hard. While franchisors typically supply business knowledge, architectural designs and equipment, franchise agreements and business models are not often designed to make it simple for franchisees to capitalize on energy efficiency opportunities.
Learn about the programs and tools being employed by Better Buildings partners Dunkin’ Brands and InterContinental Hotels Group to bridge this gap and motivate franchisees to save energy and reduce their environmental impact.
January 13: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems
Webinar Sponsor: Fuel Cell Technologies Office
The Energy Department presented a webinar titled 'Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems' on Tuesday, January 13. This webinar focuses on the Energy Department's investments in micro- and meso-channel reactors and heat exchangers, which has led to the development of a highly compact reaction system that efficiently converts concentrated solar energy into chemical energy stored in syngas. Recent tests at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated 69% solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency, converting methane and water into syngas—a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. As the solar energy is stored in chemical bonds in the syngas product, the effective result is a 20% increase in the fuel energy without an increase in carbon content. This webinar describes the evolving status of the technology with a focus on near-term, anticipated applications, which include fuel cells, combustion gas turbines, and the production of various chemical products.
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