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2016 UC Solar Research Symposium

Friday, October 7th, 2015, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The University of California, Davis
530 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616

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8:00 – 8:45 Attendee Check In/Poster Session
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:30 “The Development of GaN-based Power Electronics for PV Inverters—the Important BoS Cost Driver”
Umesh Mishra, UC Solar Co-Director and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Santa Barbara
9:30 – 10:00 “Combating Climate Change and Creating a Greener and More Sustainable Economy”
Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break and Poster Session
10:30 – 11:00 “Facing the Renewable Energy Storage Crisis: Hybrids of Concentrating PV with High-Temperature Thermal Collection”
Howard Branz, Founder and Principal, Branz Technology Partners LLC
11:00 – 11:45 “Using Nonimaging Optics to Maximize Exergy for a Hybrid Solar System”
Roland Winston, UC Solar Director and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UC Merced
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Hamid Abbasi, Senior Technical Staff, Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
11:45 – 12:15 “Sunrise from the West: California Moves Toward a 100% Clean Energy Future”
David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission (CEC)
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and Poster Session
1:30 – 2:00 “Developing Quantum Dot Solids for Next-Generation Photovoltaics”
Matthew Law, UC Solar Co-Director and Director of the Center for Solar Energy, UC Irvine
2:00 – 2:30 “For Big Box Retailers, Skylights Outperform PV”
David Gelbaum, CEO, Entech Solar
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Break and Poster Session
3:00 – 3:30 “Beyond UCR's Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative: Energy Management Projects in Southern California”
Alfredo Martinez-Morales, UC Solar Co-Director and Managing Director of the Southern California-Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), UC Riverside
3:30 – 4:00 “UC President Napolitano's Carbon Neutrality Initiative”
David Phillips, Associate Vice President for Energy and Sustainability, UC Office of the President (UCOP)