DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Enclosure Strategies for Buildings, Fuel Cell Forklifts and Energy Management, 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 12: High Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part I: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies
Webinar Sponsor: Building America
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled 'High Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part I: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies' on Thursday, February 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar is part of the Energy Department's Building America program's monthly webinar series, covering residential building technologies and practices. This month's webinar will focus on methods to design and build roof and wall systems for high performance homes that optimize energy and moisture performance. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation, will present 'Advances in Unvented Roof Technology,' and share several approaches, including the use of diffusion venting and dehumidification. Vladimir Kochkin of Home Innovation Research Labs, will present 'Builder's Guide to High Performance Walls in Climate Zones 3-5,' focusing on approaches that increase energy performance and reduce moisture issues in walls. The webinar will also include a question and answer session for participants.
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 required. During the call, dial 888-807-9760 and use audio participant passcode 4990436. Log in to the website and use conference number PW1383510 and participant passcode 4990436.)
February 18: 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.
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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