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2015 UC Solar Research Symposium

Friday, October 16th, 2015, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102


8:00 – 8:45 Attendee Check In/Poster Session
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
Liane M. Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
9:00 – 9:30 “An Overview of UC President Napolitano's Innovation and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives”
William Tucker, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, UC Office of the President
9:30 – 10:00 “High-Temperature Coating for Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion”
Renkun Chen, UC Solar Co-Director and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break and Poster Session
10:30 – 11:00 “Sustainability at E. & J. Gallo Winery” - Proprietary
Kim D. MacFarlane, P.E., Civil and Environmental Engineer, E. & J. Gallo Winery
11:00 – 11:30  “An Efficient Solar Thermal-Powered Evaporation System for Salt Harvesting and Wastewater Treatment”
Roland Winston, UC Solar Director and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UC Merced

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Peggy O’Day, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program, UC Merced

11:30 – 12:00 “UCR's Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative as a Testbed System for Demonstrating Real-Time Control and Effective Peak Demand Reduction”
Alfredo Martinez-Morales, UC Solar Co-Director and Managing Director, Southern California-Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), UC Riverside
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Poster Session
1:00 – 1:20 “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy”
John Perlin, Author, Research Scholar, UC Santa Barbara
1:20 – 2:00 “Climate, Energy, Innovation and the Future of California”
Emilio Camacho, Esq., Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission

“Advancing California's Energy Innovation Ecosystem”
Erik Stokes, Manager of Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation, California Energy Commission

2:00 – 2:30 “High Performance Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells”
Gang Li, Associate Research Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Break and Poster Session
3:00 – 3:30 “Economic Restraints on Evolving Grid Architecture”
Brad Heavner, Policy Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA)
3:30 – 4:00 “The Woodall Group Solar Conversion and Energy Storage Projects and Status”
Jerry M. Woodall, Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis